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Jesse Leigh Nichols Boardman

Chelsea, Vt. — Jesse Leigh Nichols Boardman, 36, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. from complications due to bacterial meningitis.

Jesse was born Aug. 18, 1977, at Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin, Vt., the son of Douglas K. and Joan E. (Nichols) Boardman. He grew up on Upper Village Road in Chelsea and attended Chelsea Schools, graduating from Chelsea High School in 1995. In 1998, Jesse graduated from Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center with a degree in Landscape Development and Ornamental Horticulture. He later returned to VTC for further studies.

Jesse’s employment included positions at Vermont Butter and Cheese Co., Paragon Construction, Bombardier Corp., CAR USA in Elmira Heights, N.Y., State of Vt. Grounds Division, Pike Industries and others. He was a salesman for Northern Basement Systems and very recently, he was a car salesman for Capitol City KIA in Montpelier, Vt.

Jesse was free-spirited and dearly loved his family and friends. Time spent with his daughter, Liorah was precious to him. He had a great sense of humor and loved to joke around. Parties, bonfires, music, concerts with lots of singing and dancing gave him great pleasure. He enjoyed swimming, playing horseshoes, working out at the gym, watching movies, cars, sunsets and all kinds of nature. Jesse enjoyed reading and writing and recently expressed his desire to do more writing.

He was a member of the George Washington Lodge #51 F. & A.M. of Chelsea. In 2010, Jesse received the Mason of the Year Award. He was an active and loved member of various 12-Step Groups.

He is survived by his parents, Douglas and Joan Boardman of Chelsea; his daughter, Liorah Sapphire Caouette of Norwich, Vt.; his brother, Tad K.N. Boardman of Chelsea; his niece, Bailey Joe Boardman and her mother, Becky Hook of Chelsea; his girlfriend, Nicole Chamberlain of Northfield, Vt.; his very close uncles, David Boardman and Ted Nichols both of Chelsea; aunts, uncles, many cousins and many dear friends. He leaves his beloved black Labrador, Patterson James and Siamese cat, Lily. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Alfred and Phyllis Boardman and Ernest and Elsie Nichols.

There will be no public calling hours. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the United Church of Chelsea in Chelsea with Pastor Tom Harty officiating. A burial will be held at a later date at the Riverside Cemetery in Chelsea.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at