Thomas T. Willgoose, 69

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BURLINGTON, Vermont — Thomas T. Willgoose, 69, died unexpectedly at home on Dec. 4, 2017.

Tom was born in Syracuse, New York, on Feb. 26, 1948. He lived for many years and raised his two sons in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. He had recently moved to Colchester, Vermont, to be closer to family. Tom graduated from Dover Sherborn High School in Dover, Massachusetts, and attended college at Aroostook State and Boston University. He spent four years in the Air Force and later worked for many years until his recent retirement doing tree service work for a national company, landscaping, and commercial snow removal operations.

An avid outdoor enthusiast, he enjoyed walking in the woods and kayaking on the lake in front of his home. He served on the Conservation Commission in Gilmanton and Effingham and often spoke of efforts and enjoyment in helping. Tom enjoyed playing his guitar starting at a young age with his family’s numerous jam sessions. His family and friends will remember him as a gentle giant with a generous heart and the very friendliest of dispositions at all times.

Tom is survived by his sons, Samuel Willgoose of Alston, Massachusetts, Dennis Willgoose of Bozeman, Montana, his sister Laura Roberts and her husband Ronald of Colchester, Vermont, his brother Richard Willgoose and his wife Sande of Henniker, New Hampshire, and his brother James Willgoose, and his wife Ann, of Nashville, Illinois.

Arrangements are in the care of the Cremation Society of Chittenden County, Burlington, Vermont. To send online condolences to his family, please visit