Leonard F. Spaulding Sr., 84, of Wilder, died on Tuesday April 17, 2012, after a brief battle with Melanoma of the brain, at home surrounded by his family. He was born on February 27, 1928 in Tunbridge, VT, eldest son of George Albert Spaulding Sr. and Doris Hunt Spaulding. He was married to Elizabeth Howe, January 19, 1946 in Tunbridge, VT. He is survived by his children, son Leonard Jr. and his wife Linda of Sanibel, FL, daughter Patricia Derrick and her husband David, and son William and his wife Cathy of Wilder, daughter Mary Lou DeFelice and her husband Alex , daughter Jane Ammel and her husband Robert, Jr all of White River Jct., VT and daughter in law Jean Spaulding of Westwood, MA. He was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth in 2010, son Jim in 2004, his parents, two brothers John & George Jr. and his sister Mabel Ballou. He was fondly known as “Buddy” to his 13 grandchildren, Alex DeFelice Jr., Matt Spaulding, Jenna Derrick Wheeler, Jeremy DeFelice, Tony DeFelice, Jacqueline Derrick Henry, Betsy Ammel Charron, Jamie Spaulding, Dan Ammel, Aaron Spaulding, Kylie Ammel, Colin & Camden Spaulding and 18 great-grandchildren. Survivors also include his brother Fred Spaulding of Norwich, VT and sister Mae Clay of White River Jct., VT. He worked for many years for Bomhower Oil and later for Johnson & Dix as a service manager. He was very active in the Fuel Managers Association of the Northeast. In recent years he has driven for JAS Auto transporting cars. He and Tish enjoyed many years of traveling around the states and staying many winters in Florida in their RV. He was a master of yankee ingenuity, he could make or fix almost anything he set his mind to. He designed and created many unique wood projects that his family will use every day and always treasure. Dad was great for taking us on Sunday afternoon rides, an adventure all its own. His ‘short cuts’ were always good for at least a three hour trip! His wit and his humor helped to carry us through his illness and will enhance our lives forever. The most important thing he took from his ordeal was to get the message out to please protect yourself from the sun. Use hats, sunscreen and cover up!! There will be a celebration of his life, at the Ammel Residence, 316 Rustic Road, White River Jct., VT, Saturday, April 21 between 1-3. Watch for balloons to turn onto Rustic Road off of RT 5 south of White River Jct.. Graveside services will be private. According to his wishes, there will be no calling hours. Donations in his memory may be made to the James Spaulding Memorial Scholarship, c/o Patricia Derrick, PO Box 395, Wilder, VT 05088, or to the VT/NH Visiting Nurses Association, 66 Benning Street, West Lebanon, NH 03784 . The Knight Funeral Home in White River Jct., VT is assisting the family with arrangements.