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“Sincère condoléances à la famille Mathieu, ce fût un bonne ami pour nous tous en Floride, France et Marien ainsi que la famille...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: France Dery - Friend

“I have known Daniel for many many years in Florida. He was also good friends with my parents Bill and Virginia McLarney. I'm sorry to hear of his...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Karen Lawrence - Richmond, VA

“Kuras farms, we loved in dearly. He was a special man. ”
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“Sincères sympathies a toutes les familles, de tout coeur avec vous❤ ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Manon Godbout - Quebec - Family

“Today is Time to remember to us this great man.We will always see his smile and tender.When he see us, he tell his Love for his family and for us.He...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Rene & Jocelyne MATHIEU - Family

“As far we remember, uncle Daniel was a man always enjoy and busy all the time to make plans. Personnally i keep a good memory, and my family wish to...Read More »
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Beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Daniel Joseph Mathieu, passed away at the age of 96 on July 28, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born to Joseph-Louis and Emérilda (Gagné) Mathieu on July 23, 1924 and raised on a family farm in Quebec, Canada.

From a very young age, he was an inventor and entrepreneur, always finding new ways to do things faster and better. In 1953, he married the love of his life, Rollande Lecours, who predeceased him by 30 years. Shortly after their marriage, they boldly moved to the United States, not knowing the English language, and they raised a loving family. He built their homes in Malletts Bay, VT and Windsor, CT using his handmade Vermont granite bricks. There was always music and singing around the house, especially from his favorite accordion, guitar and harmonica. Much of his career was spent at General Electric in Burlington, VT where he garnered many accolades and awards for his heat-treating process improvements. His advancements in metallurgy, energy efficiency and product design continue to be relevant today. He retired from United Technologies Corporation and was a longtime resident of Connecticut. Daniel's enormous love of life and passion for creating new things continued throughout his career. His most successful entrepreneurial endeavor was inventing and patenting a new type of shovel at the age of 85. With his son Julien's guiding hand, this became a successful business with global recognition. After 36 years of marriage, Daniel's wife Rollande passed away at the age of 56. Several years later, Johanne Letourneau joined him as a partner for many occasions, including travelling from Montreal to Florida annually. The greatest pride of his life was creating a loving, supportive and successful Christian family. He never missed an opportunity to tell his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, many of which became engineers, how proud he was of all they had accomplished. He urged them to never stop thinking creatively and to make their ideas a reality. Failure never defeated him; it only encouraged him to try again until he was successful. He passed down his drive, ingenuity and legacy to his children.

He is survived by his six adoring children: Julien Mathieu of Windsor, CT; Lise Veronneau of South Burlington, VT and her husband David; Gaitan Mathieu of Underhill, VT and his wife Geneviève; Donald Mathieu of Danville, NH and his wife Judi; Kathleen Rogan of Vernon, CT and her husband Peter; Karen Smith of Charlotte, NC and her husband Eric. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren (one on the way), and his sister Judith Godbout.

He was predeceased by three of his sisters and all of his brothers: Jules; Odélie-Madeleine; Arnold; Hélène; Marc; Normand; Rita; Laurent; Lucien.

A mass of Christian burial and a celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Knights of Columbus Council #4684, c/o Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, P. O. Box 243, Richmond, VT 05477, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences and memories of Daniel may be shared with his family and friends at: cremationct.com.