Joel Matthew Senesac, 39, of Colchester passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from complications related to a lifelong battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Joel was born on June 29, 1979 at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont to parents Gerald Arthur Senesac of Vergennes and Suzanne Marie Senesac (Quenneville) of South Burlington. He came into this world directly from God’s hands with a sole purpose to love everyone and everything that crossed his path. He led by example with endless strength, fierce determination and an unmatched perseverance reserved for superheroes, a title that truly defined who Joel was and will continue to be in his eternal life.
Joel leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended relatives which lovingly includes the family of Dick Mazza. Although Joel didn’t have any siblings, caregivers Greg Niquette and Margaret Trayah became like brother and sister to Joel. He is predeceased by his paternal grandparents Gerald and Marie Senesac and his maternal grandparents Roland and Irene Quenneville. In addition, the Senesac family wishes to express their extreme gratitude towards all the friends, colleagues and caregivers who have shared their lives over the years with Joel. There are too many to individually mention here, but just know that all of you meant the world to Joel and held a special place in his heart.
A lifelong resident of Colchester, Joel graduated Valedictorian of his class from Colchester High School in 1997 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Saint Michael’s College in 2001 with a degree in Journalism. He may have been a student of academics, but in life Joel was a master teacher. Not surprisingly, those in his life became more intelligent, thoughtful and compassionate people just by being in the presence of such a scholar and gentleman. Joel made us into better human beings.
Joel’s interests were vast and eclectic, and he lived his life with a positive attitude. He never let his challenges limit his ability to impact the world or stop him from participating in life, as proven by receiving a 2nd degree black belt in the martial art of Moo Gong Do.
Joel loved music. At the age of 11, he began playing the saxophone and continued to play through high school and college in both wind and jazz ensembles. Joel spent much of his life attending countless concerts, stage shows and movies proving Joel was a true patron of the arts both locally and beyond.
One cannot think of Joel without thinking of the Boston Red Sox. His love for the team began at a very young age when he met and had his picture taken with one of his idols, Ted Williams. From there he began building an impressive collection of Red Sox memorabilia. From a fully decorated Red Sox Christmas tree to his huge collection of baseball hats, there was no arguing that he was a super fan.
The New York Giants was Joel’s favorite football team. Attending their Spring training camp in Albany, NY was one of his favorite memories in life, where he met many of his favorite players. Joel loved his sports teams and really appreciated sports and athleticism in general, both watching and participating.
The people who were touched by Joel’s life are the same people who encouraged and inspired Joel to be the amazing human being he became. Joel gave us reasons to smile and laugh, but most of all, he gave us wisdom to carry forward and memories we will never forget. He will truly be missed.
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