GRAND ISLE -- Leo B. Spear Jr., 62, of Grand Isle, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in the UVM Medical Center after a prolonged illness.

Born on March 5, 1952, in New Haven, Conn., Bernie was the son of the late Leo B. Spear Sr., and Joan (MacDonald) Spear. He graduated from Wilbraham (Mass.) High School where he played varsity football. After high school, he attended Paul Smith's College. He was an active parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Parish and was employed for many years as a carpenter at Leo B. Spear Construction Co. in Massachusetts and Vermont, and later at Ciambro Corporation and S.D. Ireland.

Bernie loved fishing and hunting with his Labrador retrievers. He often reminisced about a canoe trip for giant brook trout on the legendary Broadback River in northern Quebec with his father; brother, Donald; uncle, George; and cousin, Ned.

He was predeceased by his parents, Leo and Joan Spear of Grand Isle; uncle, Kenneth Spear; and aunts, Ruth Wingate, Genevieve Millard, and Helen Abel.

He is survived by his brother, Donald A. Spear; and uncle, George A. Spear, both of Grand Isle; as well as many friends and cousins including, Rose Zeo of Ipswich, Mass., and Ned Spear of Swanton. Special remembrances also to Matthew Spear of Isle LaMotte; and family friend, June Thibault of Colchester.

At Bernie's request, there will be no visiting hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a later date, with interment in the spring in the family lot in Grand Isle. Arrangements are by Stephen C. Gregory & Son Cremation Service, Shelburne, www.gregorycremation.com.

Contributions in Bernie's name may be made to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, PO Box 459, South Hero, VT 05486.