In Memory of

Vincent

James

Hampson,

Jr.

Obituary for Vincent James Hampson, Jr.

Vincent James Hampson, Jr., 71, of Colchester, VT passed away peacefully on March 13, 2024 at the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester.

Vince was born in Trenton, New Jersey on November 17, 1952 to Mary (Crane) and Vincent J Hampson, Sr.. His family moved to Burlington in 1961 where he attended Christ the King Catholic School and graduated from Burlington High School in 1973.

Vince lived to hunt and fish. He loved the outdoors and was a prolific gardener with a fantastic vegetable crop from which he gave generously to his friends and family. He had a heart of gold and a genuine love of people, which is why he enjoyed working at the St. John’s Club. He was also employed by Digital Corporation and drove a truck for Green Mountain Messenger.

Sail Beyond Cancer Vermont brought great joy to Vince’s life as he struggled relentlessly with his health. He described his sailing experiences, “It’s the silence... that moment when the engine goes off. It’s magical.” In 2023, Sail Beyond Cancer Vermont initiated a new award, the Wind, Water & Sail Award to be bestowed annually in honor of “the kindness, generosity and courage shown by Vincent Hampson,” and two other sailors.

Vince is survived by his 3 siblings, Frances Hampson Stearns of Willowbrook, IL, Patrick Hampson (Kathy) of Sandown, NH and Mary Hampson (David Mona) of South Burlington. He leaves behind nieces and nephews, Ethan J Stearns (Haley) of Sierra Madre, CA, Brenna Stearns Gildner (Dutch) of La Grange, IL, Caitlyn Hampson of Daneville NH and Dr. Patrick Hampson of Manchester, NH, great nieces and nephews, Gray, Molly, Theo and Faye, and many close and loving cousins. Vince had many devoted friends to whom his family is forever grateful including, the Furlani family, the Mona family and Napoleon Ploufe.

A funeral mass is planned for Wednesday, May 8th at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Colchester, celebrated by Father Thomas Mattison. A celebration of life will follow at the St. John’s Club at 9 Central Ave. in Burlington. Vince will be buried with his parents at Resurrection Park in So. Burlington.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Sail Beyond Cancer Vermont at 150 Dorset St. Ste. 245-234, So. Burlington, VT 05403, or at vermont@sailbeyondcancer.org., or through Venmo @sailbeyondcancervt.