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Robert J. Jean would have been 52 today

09/26/2019 9:35 AM | Maureen Connolly (Administrator)

Robert J. Jean

Happy Birthday in Heaven!

September 26,1967 - September 7, 2019


VBRA lost a valued member this month.  Many of you will know Robert Jean of C.J.'s Home Improvements from his long term presence at our Home and Garden Expo.  Robert however was also committed to the VBRA legislative activities.  Most memorable was his participation in our fight to protect Independent Contractors for their right to live a life self directed, as he did- to start and run businesses.  

I am not going to reiterate what was so aptly expressed in Robert's obituary which I will post below.  Rather I'm going to share the immense impact Robert had on so many peoples' lives.  If you had the opportunity to participate in his Memorial Service this past Sunday you know of what I am speaking.  Robert's humor - his love of life - his total commitment to family; and everyone he knew and loved was 'family' to Robert. His willingness to drop everything to help someone in need, driving hours to rescue a friend of a friend from the side of road who then became a personal friend of his as well.  Clearly, Robert would give you the shirt off his back if you were in need.

So many wonderful, loving and humorous stories were shared, too many to share here. My favorites were the ones that showcased his penchant for pranking his friends, like when he  flew his Cessna over his camping friends and air dropped KFC on them so they'd spend hours trying to locate it in our National Forest.  Or how he'd take his friends for a ride in his plane and then scare them half out of their minds. 

Had you ever met Robert you would never have guessed (and I only just learned) that he had been non-verbal for the first 3 years of his life.  As many of you know, he certainly made up for lost time.  

The packed attendance at Robert's memorial is just a small testament to his life well lived - Happy Birthday in Heaven Robert Jean - you will be sorely missed.

OFFICIAL OBITUARY :

Colchester - Robert J. Jean, 51, died unexpectedly Saturday September 7, 2019 following a heart attack while driving. Robert was born on September 26, 1967 in Newport, the son of Leonide and Fernande (Viens) Jean.

He was self-employed for over 25 years, owning C.J.'s Home Improvements. He was a huge Fox News fan, and loved Ford trucks and Donald Trump. He also held his pilot's license and loved to fly whenever he could.

He is survived by his children, Christine Babcock and her husband Andrew Koval of Colchester, Tara Maloney of VA and Jimmy Jean and his friend Sammy Jean of Bristol, his grandchildren, Andrew Koval Jr. and Abigail Jean. Bob is also survived by his former wife, Deneen Jean of So. Burlington, his father, Leo of FL and his sisters, Lucille Jean and her husband Paul, Diane Russell and her husband Malcolm and Theresa Jean; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother, Fern in 2018.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family in c/o Christine Babcock. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday September 22nd from 11 AM to 2 PM in the Minor Funeral and Cremation Center in Milton. A Funeral Service will follow at 2 PM in the funeral home.

For those who wish, online condolences may be made to www.minorfh.com


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