In Loving Memory of Frederick H. DeMag
EAST MONTPELIER - Frederick Harris "Babe" DeMag, of East Montpelier, passed away on Sept. 7, 2018, in Rutland, Vermont. Babe would have been 83 on Sept. 23. Babe was born in Burlington, Vermont, to John Henry and Martha (Poirier) DeMag on Sept. 23, 1935. Babe grew up on North Avenue and attended elementary school and the Cathedral High School in Burlington. In November 1952, he enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He completed basic training there and went on to train as a parachutist in Fort Benning, Georgia. During the course of his 23-year military career, Babe was assigned to many posts, including Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Germany, and was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was awarded the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry for his service in Vietnam. Babe married Carole (Stevens) DeMag on May 8, 1971, in Hardwick, Vermont. After his military retirement in 1975, Babe worked as the assistant museum curator for the Fort Jackson Military Museum in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, for 25 years until his civil service retirement in 2001. This was his favorite "post" and enhanced his personal interests in World War II history and memorabilia and military history. One of Babe's proudest moments occurred in 2014 when he pursued, and achieved, a Purple Heart medal for his father, Cpl. John Henry DeMag Sr. In a ceremony at the Vermont State House, Babe and his sister, Flora, received their father's posthumously-awarded medal for wounds received during World War I. Babe is survived by Carole, his wife of 47 years. He also leaves behind daughters Wendy (Richard) Bugaj, of Little Falls, New York, Tandy (Jeff Harsh) DeMag, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Nancy Tomei, of Fort Myers, Florida. Also surviving are sons Frederick (Rachel) DeMag Jr., of San Diego, California, and Darryl DeMag, of Bronx, New York. He is also survived by three stepdaughters Camille Hayford, Madine Hayford, both of Barre, Rebecca Leno, of Woodbury; and his sister, Flora Bovat, of Milton, Vermont. Babe also leaves behind six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Babe was preceded in death by his parents John Henry DeMag and Martha Poirier DeMag; a sister, Bertha; and six brothers, Walter, Seth, Donald, John, Raymond and Robert. Babe will be interred in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, with full military honors, at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. There are no calling hours. Memorials may be given to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 1-800-555-9140, www.pva.org . Online condolences may be left at www.dayfunerals.com . Arrangements are by the Day Funeral Home in Randolph. The family of Carole DeMag wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the Genesis Mountain View Nursing Home in Rutland, Vermont, for their understanding, care and compassion.
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