Reginald Francis Delude, 81, passed away Thursday, September 16, 2021 in Ocala, Florida. He was born January 3, 1940 in Northfield, Vermont to Mildred F. (Blay) Delude and Francis George Delude.
He married Carole M. (Nault) Delude on March 26, 1977 in Northfield, Vt. They had just celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary in March 2020 before she passed away.
Reginald graduated in the Class of 1959 from Northfield High School in Northfield, Vt. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August 1959, served for 4 years, then entered the Merchant Marines. While serving, he received the Good Conduct Medal and was honorably discharged in 1963 with rank of EN3 (Engineman 3rd Class). He served aboard USS Little Rock (during the Cuban missile crisis) and the USS Cromwell. While in the military, he took Air Conditioning, Electrical and Refrigeration courses.
He worked for the State of Vermont in electrical maintenance. He started working for a local Vermont company that dealt with air conditioning, refrigeration and electrical, receiving further training. Reg started Delude’s Electric in the early 1970’s which kept him busy even after he tried to retire. His brother, Butch also worked with him in the business for awhile.
Reg and Carole lived fulltime in Northfield, Vt. until they became Florida snowbirds. They both enjoyed camping/boating and good times with their many friends at the Central Vermont Boat Club every summer. They also enjoyed snowshoeing, were avid Norwich University hockey fans and frequently went to Vermont Lake Monster baseball games.
He enjoyed vegetable gardening, often producing more than they could eat or can. He was an avid turkey and deer hunter, loved fishing and playing pool. He was a New England Patriots football fan. His favorite NASCAR track was Talladega. He was an active member of Northfield(Vt) American Legion Post # 63 and the Barre (Vt) Elks Lodge #1535 for more than 50 years .
In addition to his parents, Reginald was predeceased by his wife, Carole, his brother, Albert, 3 sisters, Doris Luce, Madeline Maskell, and Janice Partlow, 3 nieces and 2 nephews.
He is survived by his brother, Francis G. (Butch) Delude, Jr of St Albans, Vt , beloved niece, Markella “Markie” Delude of St Albans, Vt, along with 14 special nieces and nephews, Step Daughters, Lorraine Marcille and her partner, Gary Estes of Pulaski, NY and Karen Robinson and her husband, Larry of Ocala, Fl., 4 Step Grandchildren, 14 Step great grandchildren, 3 Step great great grandchildren and his great friends, Brian Tisdale and Ray Quimby.
He will be buried with full military honors at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph, Vt. in the spring of 2022. A memorial service will also be held at that time.