Vermonters Remember Sen. Jim Jeffords

Vermonters Remember Sen. Jim Jeffords

Family, friends and notable politicians gathered at Grace Congregational Church in Rutland to pay their respects.
RUTLAND, Vt. – Hundreds of Vermonters gathered at Grace Congregational United Church to remember the life of former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords Friday.

Jeffords grew up attending Grace Congregational and his friends said it was only fitting that his funeral be held there too.

Family, friends and work colleagues recounted some of their favorite stories with Senator Jeffords. His son Leonard and daughter Laura both had the crowd laughing at some of the more humorous stories involving their father.

“My father when we played cards he loved to pass clubs, you knew you were getting clubs from him so we use to call him ‘clubio’,” Leonard said.

“My father hated green bean casserole,” daughter Laura said it was because it was the only meal Jeffords wife knew how to cook when they got married.

Jeffords was buried in Shrewbury next to his wife.

Notable Vermont politicians were also on hand to pay their respects.

“His unpretentious matter of fact leadership style was no act,” former Governor Jim Douglas told the crowd.

“Jim and I knew each other forever,” Sen. Patrick Leahy said.

“Those who knew him know the human side was far, far more important than the political side.”

Jeffords was 80 years old. According to a spokesperson his health had been deteriorating for years. He died at a military retirement facility in Washington D.C. on Monday.

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