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John Thomsen, 64, of Fairmont Place in Burlington died on Thursday, March 16 at McClure Miller Respite House following a short illness. He was born on January 29, 1953 in Putnam Valley, NY the son of John, "Skip" and Pauline Walczak Thomsen. He graduated from Peekskil High School and continued his education at SUNY Albany graduating in 1975. He moved to Vermont 29 years ago and worked for the State of Vermont for many years. An avid skier and cyclist John skied and cycled for many years. He was a volunteer for VTCares and rode in the Champs ride for many years. He was VTCares Volunteer of the Year in 2006 for his work on the Champs Ride. He was also a volunteer for the bike ferry. John is survived by his sister Kathleen "Cassy" McGuinness, her husband Dan, his nephew Colin McGuinness, his wife Kari, his niece Katherine McGuinness and her husband Leo Correa and his grandniece Lucia Victoria Correa. Respecting John's wishes services will be private at the convenience of the family and the weather. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to VTCares, 187 St Paul St #2, Burlington, VT 05401 or American Red Cross, 32 N Prospect St, Burlington, VT 05401.

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