May 27, 1968- July 23, 2011 Shawn Lee Sweet, 43, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 23, 2011 in North Country Hospital in Newport. He was born on May 27, 1968 in Burlington, VT son of Eric (Rick) and Aline (Pouliot) Sweet. Shawn was raised in Fletcher graduating from Bellows Free Academy Fairfax in 1986. He wore many “hats” during his short life but his last “hat” was that of a welding/metal fabrication instructor at North Country Career Center. Before dedicating his life to teaching, Shawn was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #693 for 20 years. Shawn will be remembered for his love, support and dedication to his family and friends. It did not matter what he was doing, if help was needed, Shawn would be there. He will also be remembered for his passion in sharing his knowledge of the welding trade. He poured his heart and soul into his students over the past 5+ years at the North Country Career Center teaching and coaching basketball. When he wasn’t spending time with loved ones, you could find him out in a garage tinkering on a vehicle and more often than not, it was his Jeep Scrambler which he completely rebuilt. Shawn had a love and passion for many things, some of which included hunting, snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, playing softball and golf just to name a few. He is survived by his two daughters Shaunna Sweet of Shelburne and Mariaé Sweet of Shelburne; his parents Eric and Aline (Pouliot) Sweet of Fletcher; a brother Jessee Sweet and his fiancée Samantha Sanders of Fletcher; three sisters Renée Davis and husband Michael of Johnson, Kelley Koch and husband Christopher of Fairfax, Erika Kreher and husband Brian of Millstadt, IL; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visiting hours will be held today Wednesday, July 27, 2011 from 2– 4 p.m. and at 7–9 p.m. at A. W. Rich Funeral Home–Fairfax Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 11 a.m. at BFA–Fairfax with the Reverend Elizabeth Griffin officiating. A committal service will be held on Friday, July 29, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. in the family lot in Binghamville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a scholarship to be established in his name at North Country Career Center care of Eric Sweet, 61 Sweet Berry Lane, Cambridge, VT 05444. Arrangements are by John D. Workman, A. W. Rich Funeral Home–Fairfax Chapel, 1176 Main Street, Fairfax, VT 05454. The family invites you to share your memories and online condolences by visiting www.awrichfuneralhomes.com.