Dean Paul Aylward, 54, died unexpectedly at his home in Barre City on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019.
He was born in Barre March 3, 1965, son of Judith Wallace and Robert Aylward Sr.
Dean was previously married to Laina (Burnell) Aylward and Kimberly (Sicely) Aylward.
He attended schools in Moretown, Barre, Waterbury, Harwood Union High School and BFA St. Albans.
At a very young age, Dean was known for his uncanny ability to fix anything and his family, and friends and co-workers often asked for his expert advice. Professionally, Dean was a licensed electrical journeyman and for the past 15 years worked for Norway and Sons Electrical of Barre.
Dean loved everything about cars. He loved to fix them and especially loved to race them. In the 1980s he formed the “Dangerous Dean Race Team” at Thunder Road, where he competed in the Street Stock division. Throughout his life, he was passionate about car racing, both local and NASCAR.
Dean was a talented baseball player, wrestler, and a gifted boxer. When not working, you could find him tinkering and repairing cars in his garage — truly a labor of love.
Survivors include his father, Robert Aylward Sr. and wife Tammy of Highgate; his children, Aliza Ladd and husband Michael of Boston, Mariah Aylward of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Devin Aylward of Boca Raton, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Danielle Dacres and husband Justin of St. Albans; his siblings, Jerri Lamson and husband Jim of Moretown, Robert Aylward Jr. and wife Kimberly of Waterbury, and Scott Aylward and wife Kimberly of Oklahoma City; his former spouses, Laina Aylward of Warren and Kimberly Aylward of St. Albans; four step-grandchildren, Quinten, Cooper, Easton and Sawyer Dacres; and nieces, nephews and extended family.
Friends and family are invited to a memorial reception at the Waterbury American Legion, 16 Stowe St., Waterbury, on Friday, Sept. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. Donations in his memory would be appreciated to the University of Vermont Medical Cancer Center (uvmhealth.org).
Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences: perkinsparker.com or the funeral home’s Facebook page.