Edward J. Sbardellati Jr.

December 3, 1946 - April 17, 2024

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Edward J. Sbardellati Jr.

MIDDLESEX, VT – Edward J. Sbardellati (Ed), 77, of Middlesex, VT passed away at his home on April 17, 2024.

Ed was born in Derby, CT to his parents Edward Sbardellati, Sr. and Genevieve Sbardellati, née Bilcz, on December 3, 1946.

Ed earned an AB History degree from Norwich University in 1968, an MS in Elementary Education in 1972 from Southern Connecticut State University, a MED in Special Education in 1975 from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in Special Education in 1980 from the University of Pittsburgh.

Ed started his career as a middle school teacher in Connecticut. He then moved to Vermont and worked as a consulting teacher in special education. Ed was a professor at UVM for several years before joining Washington County Mental Health as a Behavioral Consultant from 1982 to 2016. Ed was also an adjunct faculty for Johnson State College for many years.

Ed married Jean Miller in 1968 and had two beautiful sons, Adam and Ian. They later divorced, and Ed married Clare McFadden in Calais, VT in 1989. They had a wonderful daughter Sarah together.

Ed Sbardellati is credited for bringing behavioral analysis as we know it to the state of Vermont, helping to establish the first Behavior Intervention programs in the state at Washington County Mental Health, and working for years to launch and maintain the ABA graduate program at Johnson State College. Ed’s work supported many children with special needs and their families.

There is an Ed Sbardellati Award for Excellence and Innovation in School-Based Mental Health Services, also known as “The Eddie”. The award is granted to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of behavioral intervention in the state of Vermont.

Ed had many interests and hobbies, including a long-time membership in the VT Association for Applied Behavior Analysis, snowshoeing with his friends, golfing, skiing, gardening, traveling, kayaking, and history.

Ed is survived by his loving wife Clare McFadden, daughter Sarah Sbardellati, sons Adam and Ian Sbardellati, four grandchildren Bayley, Maya, Hazel, and Celia, and his close cousin Dr. James La Paglia.

Ed was predeceased by his parents Edward Sbardellati, Sr. and Genevieve Bilcz, and his brother August Sbardellati.

Arrangements are in the care of Guare and Sons Funeral Home in Montpelier, VT.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to World Central Kitchen at, or Washington County Mental Health Children, Youth, and Family Services at, or P.O. Box 647 Montpelier, VT 05601-0647 (attn CYFS programs).

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