In Memoriam

So many good friends. So many fond memories. We hope to join them for a round in the golf course in the sky some day.

Davidson, William C.

WILLIAM C. DAVIDSON – NEW HAVEN – William C. Davidson, 72, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at his home in New Haven from complications of Parkinson’s disease and ALS. He was born in Rutland on Jan. 27, 1942, the son of R. John Davidson and Bertha Morehouse Davidson.

Bill attended school in Center Rutland, graduated from Rutland High School in 1960, and from the University of Vermont in 1964 with a Bachelor Degree in Economics. Having completed the ROTC program at UVM, he fulfilled his military obligation by serving in Vietnam from February 1967 to February 1968 as a Forward Observer and Artillery Officer.

After his return from Vietnam, Bill began a successful career as a stockbroker at Francis I. DuPont. He was with the same firm until he retired from Smith Barney in 2002. Bill was a wonderful husband, dad, uncle and friend. He loved skiing with his sons at Mad River and coaching their Little League and Babe Ruth baseball teams. He loved his time spent on the golf course and at deer camp with his friends. Sports were an important part of Bill’s life. He played baseball and football for Rutland High School and football for the University of Vermont. He was a longtime member of the Middlebury College Golf Course.

Bill lived an active life with Parkinson’s disease, continuing to ski, play golf and do Pilates until he was diagnosed with ALS. He faced this new challenge with the same courage, determination and goodnatured humor as he faced his previous challenges. Although ALS slowly imprisoned his body, ALS never touched his spirit. He was blessed with family, friends and caregivers who accompanied him on this journey.

Bill was predeceased by his parents; sister, Lora Ann Munukka; and his identical twin, Robert N. Davidson. He is survived by his wife and friend of 46 years, Candy; sons, Andrew O. Davidson of Oakland Park, Fla., and Brian M. Davidson of Beach Lake, Pa.; grandson, Blake M. Davidson of Scranton, Pa.; and several much-loved nieces and nephews.

Bill and his family were thankful for the benefits he received from the Veterans Administration, first for Parkinson’s as a result of Agent Orange, and then for ALS. They are also thankful for his years of care from his Parkinson’s neurologist Dr. Hamill, the doctors and staff at ALS Clinic at FAHC, and the Spinal Injury Clinic at the White River Veterans Hospital, and John Stansbury of Paralyzed Veterans of America. The family is grateful for his caregivers and the aides and nurses from Addison County Home Health and Hospice. They made it possible for Bill to stay in his home until his death. They became his friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life for Bill at the Kirk Alumni Center at the Middlebury College Golf Course, Middlebury, on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be a graveside burial for the immediate family at an earlier time. Assisting the family is the Brown-McClay Funeral Home, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s name to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753; or the New Haven Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 120, New Haven, VT 05472.

Hamilton Jr., John J.

JOHN J. HAMILTON JR. HINESBURG – John “JJ” Hamilton, 74, of Hinesburg passed away on Aug. 31, 2014, as a result of a fall and suffered severe head trauma and complications following surgery. He was born in Elizabethtown, N.Y., the son of John and Kathleen Hamilton.

JJ was a graduate of Ticonderoga High School, class of 1957. He then attended St. Michael’s College in Winooski, graduating with a BA in English Literature. In 1961, John was married in St. Anthony’s Church, Burlington, to Janette (Hurteau) Hamilton.

John’s military career as both a Navy and Air Force pilot began in 1961, spanning twenty eight years. He was honored to wear his Navy Wings of Gold. He completed two combat tours in the Vietnam War, and another tour on the aircraft carrier Saratoga, CVA 60. Two of his most treasured times were flying on and off the aircraft carrier and being the 134th fighter squadron commander in the VT Air National Guard. He held the rank of LT CMDR in the Navy and LT COL in the Air Force. After his retirement from military life, he became the Director of Operations at the Burlington International Airport, and within five years was appointed in 1989 to the position of Director of Aviation, a post he held until his retirement in September of 2005. The Airport saw phenomenal growth and improvement during his years of leadership, a time which he said had no equal for challenge and reward.

Besides his wife, Janette; he is survived by his daughter, Deborah Rackliff and her husband, Henry, of Jericho; his son, John P. Hamilton of Schuylkill, Pa.; and his son, John Nathan of Plattsburgh, N.Y. Other survivors include his loving sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and a host of longtime friends and business associates. He was predeceased by his older sister, Georgiana (Hamilton) Wehmeyer.

In his retirement years, he joked that it was a career field unto itself. He devoted much of his time to volunteering. Among them as a board member for The Howard Center and most notably his involvement with the United Way RSVP School Buddies program, providing one on one involvement in literacy with 4th and 5th graders. He wanted to do whatever was possible to improve community and young children’s lives. He was also proud of maintaining a single digit golf handicap and a close relationship with the Vermont Senior Golfers Association.

He would like to be remembered for three things in his life. First, the absolute love that he received from his beautiful and adorable wife, Janette. Second, the two greatest children parents could have in the world, Debbie and John. And third, Rachel and Nathan, the coolest grandchildren a grandparent could have.

A brief Memorial Service will be held on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel, Randolph Center, Vt., with interment to follow.

To send online condolences to the family please visit Memorial contributions may be sent to United Way, RSVP School Buddies Program of Chittenden County, 412 Farrell St., Suite 200, South Burlington, VT 05403. Davidson.

Hill, Wilfred G.

Age 87, of Tequesta, FL, formerly of Quechee, VT, passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 12, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife Sylvia after 63 wonderful years of marriage. Also surviving him are his three daughters Carol ‘Lynn’ Stoots (Herb) of Tequesta, FL and Roaring Gap, NC; Janet Dudley (Bob) of Kingston, NH; Nancy Hardy (Pat) of Alexander City, AL; and a son David Q. Hill (Julie) of Weston, FL. He also leaves nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Mr. Hill graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in engineering followed by employment at Curtis Wright Corp in NJ. He earned a Masters degree in Engineering at Stevens Institute, Hoboken, NJ. In 1955 he joined General Electric in their Aircraft Engine Department in W. Lynn, MA where he continued to work until his retirement in 1985. Upon his retirement he and Sylvia moved back to Vermont near where he was raised and enjoyed many years there entertaining friends and watching their family grow.

Bill was in excellent health and enjoyed the outdoors and what it had to offer. He was an avid skier (Ole Smoothie) he was called, loved working in his yard and became very involved with golf. He played the game, worked many tournaments and was President of the Vermont Golf Association, New England Golf Association, and the New England Seniors Golf Association. When the winters became too challenging the Hills wintered in Port St. Lucie, FL.

Bill’s severe stroke in August of 2007 upset the schedule and they moved to Tequesta Terrace in Tequesta, FL.

Mr. Hill is to be cremated and there will be a “Celebration of His Life” in Vermont this summer. Please join the family on Sunday, February 17 between 4-6pm to share remembrances at Tequesta Terrace 400 N. US 1 in Tequesta. Please honor Bill by making a donation in his memory to the Vermont Golf Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1612, Rutland, VT. 05701.

Schillhammer, Richard W.

RICHARD W. SCHILLHAMMER – BURLINGTON – Richard William Schillhammer, 99, died Nov. 24, 2013, at home, surrounded by family. Dick was born in Jericho on Aug. 8, 1914, the youngest child and only son of William and Matilda (Maier) Schillhammer. He grew up on the family farm until his mother was forced to sell it after his father’s sudden death in 1923.

When he went to work at Mount St. Mary’s, he lived in Burlington with his sister, Helen, attending BHS for two years before moving back to Jericho to live with his sister, Bertha, graduating from Underhill High School in 1931. He graduated from Burlington Business College and began work at the Free Press Printing Company in 1934.

He married his high school sweetheart, Irene Royce, of Underhill, on May 23, 1937. In 1951, after the Free Press Printing division closed, he and several coworkers founded Queen City Printers Inc. Dick was President and Treasurer of the corporation and soon acquired full interest in the business and ran it along with his sons, John and Alan, until his retirement in 1980. Even after retirement, he maintained an active interest in the business and enjoyed any opportunity to come in and help out at the office, which he did into his mid 90’s.

During his business career he was active in the community, serving on numerous boards including Medical Center Hospital of Vermont (FAHC) Associates, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and the Greater Burlington YMCA, of which he was a past president. Dick was also a former trustee and supporter of Champlain College (formerly Burlington Business College), and a 65 year member of the First Congregational Church of Burlington. Dick was a 68 year member of the Grand Lodge of Vermont, a Shriner, and a member of the Burlington Country Club for over 60 years, where he enjoyed golf on Saturday and Tuesday Twilight League. He was a 50 year member of the Ethan Allen Club and an avid cribbage player and bowler at the club; he participated in both leagues until the club closed in 2010.

He was a tough competitor on the bowling lanes with his slow-rolling hook, rolling a 238 at age 93. He also enjoyed hunting and always looked forward to deer season and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends at deer camp.

Dick especially enjoyed time spent at the family home in Starksboro; whether it was Monday night poker, Sunday’s by the pool or pulling the kids on their sleds with his snowmobile. It was a special place for him. Dick is survived by his daughter, Joan Schillhammer of South Burlington; son, Alan Schillhammer and wife, Chris, of Shelburne; daughter-in-law, Judith Murtha of Essex; former daughter-in-law, Ann Schillhammer of Colchester; grandchildren, Shari Verge and husband, Randy, of Apopka, Fla., David Schillhammer and friend, John Starks, of Orlando, Fla., Elizabeth Briggs Ellis and spouse, Gray, of Durham, N.C., William Briggs and wife, Amelia, of Shelburne, Kimberley Schillhammer of Providence, R.I., and Daniel Schillhammer and girlfriend, Kyla Fischer, of South Starksboro; and six great-grandchildren, Ashley, Kristin, Ben, Emma, Colin and Natalie. He was predeceased by his wife, Irene, in 2007; son, John, in September 2013; grandson, Andrew Briggs, in 2001; infant daughter, Susan, in 1947; and four sisters, Bertha Irish, Helen Preston, Mabel Patch and Ruth Dennison.

The family wishes to thank VNA Hospice of Chittenden County, Home Instead Senior Care, and most especially Allenwood at Pillsbury Manor, whose staff cared for Dick as if he was a member of their own family.

Visiting hours will be on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Corbin and Palmer Funeral Chapel, 209 Falls Road, Shelburne. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at 11 a.m. at The First Congregational Church of Burlington, 38 South Winooski Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his memory to Champlain College Support-A-Student program, PO Box 670, Burlington, VT 054020670; or Camp Abnaki, 266 College St., Burlington, VT 05401.

Sutherland, Robert

ROBERT SUTHERLAND – BERLIN – Robert Francis “Bob” Sutherland passed away on Dec. 21, 2013, after a long and remarkable life. Born June 11, 1922, in Randolph, the son of Frank and Ruth (Wright) Keyser, Bob was raised in Woodstock. His mother remarried Philip Sutherland in 1933.

After graduating from high school, Bob served in the Army through the end of W.W.II, seeing much of north Africa, Italy (where he had an audience with the Pope) and Germany. Upon returning, he attended UVM on the GI Bill where he met the love of his life, Marylou Taylor. They married in 1950, following graduation, and lived for many years in Shelburne where they raised four sons in a vibrant family neighborhood.

Bob was a longtime employee of General Electric in Burlington as a Manager in the Manufacturing and Personnel Department, retiring in 1984. Bob’s scrappy Depression-era Vermont boyhood was rough-and-tumble and contributed to his resilience and resourcefulness, as well as many a good story later on.

He took up skiing in his youth at Woodstock’s Mount Tom, the site of the world’s first rope-tow. Born into a golfing clan, Bob was a passionate golfer throughout his life, and though he never played at St. Andrew’s or recorded a hole-in-one, he did manage an equally remarkable feat; “shooting his age” a number of times, the first at the age of 76.

Among his other obsessions were computers; he had one of the very first personal computers back in the ’70s, and became “tech support” for friends before it was even a profession. He was also a builder and a tinkerer, and his sons all spiced up their vocabulary by watching him wrestle with difficult wood-working projects.

Among his many do-it-yourself Heathkit projects were stereos, televisions, CB radios, trash compactors, as well as countless small electronic gadgets. Marylou fought an uphill battle keeping the table cleared of the tools and supplies of his latest projects.

Bob did much community service in Shelburne, serving on many committees and as chairman of the school board during a critical time of growth. Along with Marylou, he is still well-remembered in Shelburne for “Korny Kapers,” the popular annual community musical theater production they instigated and which ran for decades. In later years, he gleefully ad-libbed his way through many colorful parts in her original musicals at All Saints Episcopal Church in South Burlington where they were beloved, faithful and tireless working members for over 50 years.

Predeceased by his sister, Dorothy (Coss); half brother, Philip; and his loving wife of 63 years, Marylou, Bob leaves sons, Peter and wife, Augusta Rose Diamond, of Monkton, Michael and partner, Tony Silvestre, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and David of Craftsbury Common; grandchildren, Calum, Sequoia, Yu-Yao, and Jing Yi; along with nieces and nephews. His son, Christopher, passed away in 2009.

A memorial service at the Sutherland’s home parish of All Saints Episcopal in South Burlington is planned for early in the new year.

Bob was a member of The Vt Senior Golf Association since 1982.

Lisman, Bernard

BERNARD LISMAN – FT. MYERS, Fla./ BURLINGTON, Vt. – Bernard Lisman, 96, formerly of Burlington, died on April 18, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla., after a brief illness. Born in Burlington, he graduated from Burlington High School at the age of 16 and enrolled as a scholarship student at UVM, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, awarded the Kidder medal in his senior year, and graduated in 1939 at age 20.

He was awarded a scholarship at the Harvard Law School. Following his first year, he was selected for membership, based on his first year grades, in the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. In his third year, he was the winning oralist in the finals of the Ames Moot Court competition.

In June 1942, he graduated from law school, married Natalie Kling, and reported for duty as a private in the United States Army. He entered the Army as a private and, after basic training, was shipped to England. While his unit was awaiting further orders, he was assigned to Supreme Commander Dwight Eisenhower’s Allied Headquarters staff in London to work on plans for the D-Day invasion; five days after the invasion, he was transferred to Paris; he was promoted to Second Lieutenant before moving with the G-1 Headquarters section to Frankfurt.

He returned to Burlington and worked in the law offices of his brother, Louis. In 1952, they formed Lisman & Lisman, with which he remained until his retirement. He was primarily a trial lawyer and was listed in the first edition of Best Lawyers. He was appointed a municipal judge in 1949 by Governor Ernest Gibson, at the time thought, at 29, to be the youngest judge in the country.

He served as a member of the Burlington City Council in the 1950s. He was active in the greater Burlington community as a founder of the Sara Holbrook Community Center, the Boys Club (now the Boys and Girls Club) and the Vermont-New Hampshire Red Cross Blood Center. He was a trustee of the Vermont Law School, a director of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and President of the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association. After retirement, he and Natalie moved to Florida, where he was an active supporter of the American Heart Association, serving as grand marshal of the Fort Myers Heart Walk for a number of years.

He was predeceased by his wife, Natalie; daughter, Judy; and brothers, Louis and Irving. He is survived by his nephews, Todd Lisman of Newport Beach, Calif., Bruce Lisman of Shelburne, and Carl Lisman of Charlotte; as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.

A funeral service will be held today, April 22, 2014, at the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, 188 North Prospect St., Burlington, at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in Hebrew Holy Society Cemetery, Patchen Road, South Burlington.

Arrangements are by Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Directors. Donations in his name can be made to any of the organizations he so energetically supported.

Morgan, Russ

Russ Morgan passed away, a Vermont Seniors Golf Association member since 1974.

Emans, John

John Emans passed away, a Vermont Seniors Golf Association member since 1971.

Howland, Gilbert

Gilbert Howland passed away, a Vermont Seniors Golf Association member since 1978.

McMahon, Gerald

Gerald McMahon passed away, a Vermont Seniors Golf Association member since 2009.

Williams, Richard

Richard Williams passed away, a former Vermont Seniors Golf Association member.

Carleton, Maynard

Maynard Carleton passed away on 3/27/13, a Vermont Seniors Golf Association member since 1992.

Keyser, F. Ray

ROCTOR/CHELSEA – Frank Ray Keyser Jr. passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2015, surrounded by the family he loved and inspired. Ray was born in Chelsea, Vermont, on August 17, 1927. A passionate father, civic leader, fisherman and hunter, he was devoted to his home state of Vermont.

Ray was the 72nd governor of Vermont from 1961 to 1963, and earlier served as speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives. He served in the U.S. Navy, and after his discharge in 1946, he attended Tufts University and graduated from the Boston University School of Law in 1952. At Tufts, he met and married Joan (Friedgen) Keyser, and following graduation, they moved back to Chelsea, where they had three children, Chris, Carol and Fran. Ray joined his father, the Honorable F. Ray Keyser Sr., and Governor Stanley Wilson at the law firm of Wilson & Keyser.

In 1965, Ray and Joan moved their family to Proctor, and Ray joined the Vermont Marble Co., where in 1970, he became the chief executive officer. They remained connected to Chelsea, where they built a home and a 5.5-acre pond on acreage outside of town. For Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July and throughout the year, Ray’s children and their children have gathered at this home, simply called Camp. He was proud to tell friends that as a result, the cousins were as close as siblings.

During his long career, Ray served the business community as chairman of the board of the Hitchcock Clinic and as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Union Mutual Insurance Co., the Vermont Golf Association, the Green Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Associated Industries of Vermont, Central Vermont Public Service Corp., S-K-I Ltd. and numerous other organizations, both in Vermont and nationally. He was a Mason and helped design the expansion of the Proctor-Pittsford Country Club, of which he was a stockholder.

After Joan’s death in 2002, Ray began spending winters in Hernando, Florida. He met and married Mary Lou (Underhill) Keyser in 2005, in a Christmastime ceremony. He and Mary Lou enjoyed playing golf and bridge with their many friends in Florida. Ray devoted himself to writing his memoirs, which his family intends to publish soon.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Keyser; his sister, Natalie Niles; his children, Christopher Scott Keyser, Carol Ellen Fjeld and Frank Ray Keyser III, and their spouses, Jane Kosmider, George Fjeld and Pam Keyser; his grandchildren, Ariana Malutich, Mary Rachel Voity, Jessica Fjeld, Chelsea Keyser, Troy Keyser, Hannah Fjeld, Amy Sheppard, Christian Fjeld and Kalle Joan Fjeld, and their spouses, Matt Malutich, Matthew Voity, Benjamin Bearnot, Martin Fjeld, Mark Sheppard and Jana uljak; and his great-grandchildren, Maci Mae Voity, Maggie Ray Voity and Veda Malutich.

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Carpenter, John T.

JOHN T. CARPENTER BURLINGTON – John Taggard Carpenter, 94, died June 23, 2014, peacefully, surrounded by family in Fletcher Allen Health Care.

John was born Oct. 29, 1919, in Burlington, the son of Professor Fred D. Carpenter and Gwendolyn Blodgett Carpenter. He attended Adams Elementary School and Burlington Junior and Senior High Schools. John received his Bachelors of Arts Degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

After graduation, John taught school in Arizona before joining the US Marine Corps. From 19421946, during World War II, he served in the 6th Regiment, 2nd Marine Division at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian and received the Presidential Unit Citation.

After his service in the Marines, John served as the Executive Director of the Vermont Tuberculosis and Health Association for five years. In 1951, John went to work for the Eastern Magnesia Talc Company, where eventually, he became Manager of Sales. In 1967, John joined the Chittenden Trust Company as Director of Marketing and Community Affairs. He retired in 1988 as Senior Vice President for Marketing at the Chittenden Corporation. John was active in the Vermont Bankers Association, American Institute for Banking and the Bank Marketing Association. In 1985, John received the “Outstanding Community Service Banker Award” from the Vermont Bankers Association.

John married Cornelia “Connie” Smith, a childhood friend and neighbor, on June 14, 1947. They raised their family in Essex Junction, Johnson, and then Burlington for many years. From 19502004, their Oakledge “camp” on Lake Champlain became a very special place to live and visit for four generations of Carpenters.

In 2004, John and Connie moved to Wake Robin in Shelburne. John and Connie were active and longtime members of the College Street Congregational Church where he served as its President and as a Deacon. John was President of the Burlington Rotary Club as well as its Secretary. He was a Paul Harris Fellow. John was also President of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce; Vice President and founding member of the Burlington Junior Chamber of Commerce; Vice President of the Mary Fletcher Hospital Associates; Director of the Vermont State YMCA; Vermont Chapter, Arthritis Foundation; the Burlington Boys Club; the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce; the United Community Service of Chittenden County; and the United Way of Chittenden County; as well as the Friends of UVM.

John was a Trustee for the Josephine Baird Children’s Center, the Vermont Childcare Foundation, the Greater Burlington YMCA, and the Burlington International Games. John was a co-founder, President, Treasurer and a Director of the Burlington Tennis Club, and received the Bert Kusserow Sportsmanship Award from the club. He was President of the Ethan Allen Club, and served on the Board of Governors of the Ethan Allen Club. He was a member of the Lake Mansfield Trout Club, the Burlington Country Club, and proudly, the 70-plus Ski Club. Friends, the community, sports, outdoor recreation and travel were all important to John.

He played tennis and hockey in high school, and tennis and soccer in college. He was a lifelong tennis player, enjoyed swimming and boating on Lake Champlain, skiing, special time at the Lake Mansfield Trout Club, and later in life, golf.

He and Connie traveled and visited over 25 countries and 40 states, often with his brother, Torrey, and sister-in-law, Dorothy. Those who knew John also knew that Connie and his family were at the center of his life; that he loved to talk and engage in conversation with almost anyone; that he was active in his church for all of his 94 years, and that he was a true World War II hero, fighting in and surviving five South Pacific campaigns.

John is survived by his five children and their families, Christopher Carpenter and wife, Claire, Debra Wood, Kim Stege and husband, Kurt, John “Tag” Carpenter Jr. and wife, Nancy, and Scott Carpenter and wife, Lisa; 12 grandchildren, Catherine (Sam) Smith, and Conor (Aubrey) Carpenter, Amanda (Jim) Snow, and Rachel (Nathan) Perkins, Hope and Hans Stege, Hallie, John III and Hannah Carpenter, Caroline, Hayden and Reed Carpenter; six greatgrandchildren, Everett and Declan Snow, Henry and Colin Perkins, Finn and Stella Smith; and sister-inlaw, Dorothy Carpenter.

John was predeceased by his wife, Connie, of 65 years; brothers, Donald and Torrey; son-in-law, Robert “Woody” Wood; and granddaughter, Elizabeth Carpenter.

The family would like to convey a special thank you to those who cared for John, including Drs. Mark Pitcher and Chris Hebert, and the wonderful and the caring staff at Wake Robin. They would also like to express their appreciation to the care given by the McClure 6 nursing, physicians and palliative care team at Fletcher Allen.

A memorial service will be held at the College Street Congregational Church at 10 a.m.

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Moore, Michael

WASHINGTON – Michael Moore, 73, a magazine and book editor who helped to found both the Mountain Gazette in Colorado and Steerforth Press in Vermont, died at his home in Washington, Vermont, on Nov. 20, 2014, from complications of small cell lung cancer that had spread to his brain.

Moore, whose lifelong passion was good writing, turned a small skiing magazine edited in the basement of a Denver office building into the Gazette in the late 1960s and ran it for nearly 10 years. Despite the Gazette’s frequent inability to pay writers on time, if at all, Western writers like Edward Abbey, John Nichols, Dick Dorworth and many others were eager to be edited and published by Moore. The magazine, a mix of writing about the mountains, the environment and alternative lifestyles, was admired for its originality and irreverent spirit, and also for Moore’s innovative design, with bold covers featuring black and white full-bleed photos and spare interior layouts. By the time of the demise of the print version in 1979, the magazine had built a loyal and enthusiastic following. Surviving issues of the original Gazette retain their value and frequently are sold on eBay for $20 or more.

In 1993 Moore was one of four founding partners and editors of Steerforth Press in South Royalton, Vermont, where he continued as editor-in-chief for 10 years. Among the many books he saw into print were the diaries of the novelist Dawn Powell, which the New York Times Book Review called one of the outstanding literary finds of the last quarter-century, and “My Two Wars,” a memoir by Moritz Thomsen, described by The Washington Post as one of the best American writers of the century.

Moore was born in Beebe, Arkansas, in 1941 but spent his childhood in Colorado Springs, where the family moved after the second World War. There he learned to play golf at The Broadmoor in the shadow of Pike’s Peak. He won The Broadmoor’s junior club championship before enrolling at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he became the golf team’s top-ranked player and entertained thoughts of turning pro. He told friends later in life that dream died when a freshman golfer named Hale Irwin knocked him off the top spot his senior year and taught him the difference, as he described it, between a good golfer and a great one. Irwin went on to have a Hall of Fame career on the PGA Tour.

After graduating as a political science major in 1963, he did graduate work in the same field for a time. After leaving the Mountain Gazette in the late 1970s, Moore worked as an editor at Outside magazine in San Francisco, and then moved to New York for tours with Esquire and Rolling Stone. In the mid-1980s, Moore moved to Vermont with his partner, the painter Susan Walp, whom he had met in Denver. A few years later he met his Steerforth partners, Chip Fleischer, Alan Lelchuk and Tom Powers.

For the last decade of his life Moore was semi-retired, living in Washington, Vermont, where he and Susan were avid gardeners. He remained active with Steerforth Press after it moved to Hanover, New Hampshire, where it continues to publish books, and he resumed playing golf. It was his belief that his golf game reached its highest level during his years at Northfield (Vermont) Country Club, where he played in all weathers and won the senior club championship eight times.

Best known as an editor who was loyal to his writers and devoted long hours to working on their manuscripts, Moore was also an able writer. Modest about his work, he rarely showed it to anyone else. In recent years he told friends, not quite entirely truthfully, that he had quit reading and now only watched films, which he then described in brief notes that were careful, crisp, sharp and often funny. Over many years he also worked on a personal memoir of his life called “The Puffer’s Notes,” about which he said so little that not even close friends knew if the title referred to his long refusal to give up smoking.

In addition to his wife, Susan, Moore is survived by two daughters from his first marriage, Margaret Hillary Moore, of New York City, and Courtney Cleary, of Wardsboro, Vermont. He also is survived by his mother, Eunice Moore, of Colorado Springs; a brother, Malcolm Moore, of Crestone, Colorado; and a grandson, Devin Moore-Gray, of Wardsboro.

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Lowe, Gordon

GORDON LOWE – SHELBURNE – Gordon Lowe, of Shelburne, a resident of Wake Robin and longtime Vermonter, passed away peacefully with friends and loved ones nearby on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

He was an avid outdoorsman, had a zest for life and for sharing his time with friends and will be missed by many. Gordon was born on May 17, 1920, in Schenectady, N.Y., to Jessie May (Martin) and Gordon Lowe. He moved at an early age to North Adams, Mass., and attended the local school system graduating from Drury High School in 1937.

During his high school years, Gordon played basketball, football, was captain of the track team, ski raced, and was a drummer in the Celtic Band. Gordon went to work in the Arnold Print Works upon graduation from high school.

In 1940, Gordon volunteered for the US Army and was accepted for the new ski troops program. He served with the 10th Mountain Division and was part of the Aleutian campaign at Kiska, Alaska, taught mountain rock-climbing techniques and rescue in Lincoln, N.H., skiing and winter warfare at Camp Hale, Colo., mountain rescue in West Virginia, and participated in the Italian campaign from 1945 to the end of the war in Europe.

The 10th Mountain men were on their way to Japan from Italy when the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima – the ship turned and headed back for the US. After the war, Gordon returned to North Adams, Mass., and married his high school sweetheart, Jean Malcolm, on March 14, 1949. They moved to Stowe, Vt., in 1952, and built a house on the Mountain Road. Gordon had a long career in the Stowe ski industry. He started as a ski instructor for the Mt. Mansfield Company and after five years became manager of the T-bar and State Shelter.

He was involved in building the new double chair lift at Spruce Peak and then became manager of the Spruce Peak Area. The new 18-hole golf course was completed under his supervision and he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Mt. Mansfield Company, until his retirement in 1975.

Gordon was lifetime member of the American Legion of Stowe and one of the first members of the US Professional Ski Association. Jean and Gordon moved to North Hero, Vt., in 1975, and built a new home on the South Shore of North Hero where they had purchased property in 1966. They gardened, hunted, watched birds and waterfowl, and raised Scottish Highland Cattle for 33 years. While living in the Town of North Hero, Gordon was a Lister from 1978 to 1980, and served as Selectman to the town from 1980 to 1987.

He was a member of the County Extension Board, and served as Chair of the North Hero Cemetery Committee. He was active in the North Hero Methodist Church where he served as Deacon along with another longtime Deacon, Irving Blackwell. In 2003, Gordon was presented the Vermont Hall of Fame Medal from Gov. Jim Douglas relating to his service in The 10th Mountain Division and for helping to make the Ski Industry in Vermont what it is today. He was a proud member of the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division.

Gordon played golf throughout his life, and was a member of the Alburg County Club and the Champlain Country Club for many years during retirement. He played with the VT Seniors around the state, and was proud of his 3 “holes-in-one” and was very excited to shoot an 81 when he was “just” 81 years old!

Gordon’s wife, Jean, predeceased him on May 24, 2005, and in 2006 Gordon moved to Wake Robin in Shelburne, where he met and enjoyed many new friends. He was active with gardening, playing pool, golf, and volunteering as a drummer for the Linden Music Hour.

A graveside service will be held at the Jerusalem Cemetery in North Hero on or about May 17, 2015; with details to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be given in his memory to the Visiting Nurse Association/ Hospice, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446,

Arrangements are under the direction of The Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton 05488. To offer online condolences please visit

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Lowe, Gordon

MANCHESTER CENTER – Douglas Parker Shaw, 85, Manchester Center, died May 4th, 2015 at his home on Cottage Street.

Doug was born on Bonnet Street in Manchester Center on June 16th, 1929. He was the youngest child of Walter H. and Esther (Graves) Shaw.

He attended the Center School and graduated from Burr and Burton Seminary, Class of 1947. He went on to the University of Vermont where he graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1951.

Following basic training in Fort Benning, Georgia, Doug served as U.S. Infantry 1st Lieutenant during the Korean War. He was injured in an engagement and was awarded the Purple Heart.

After returning from Korea, Doug joined his mother Esther at the W.H. Shaw Insurance Agency to sell insurance and real estate in 1953. He became president of the agency in 1961 until he retired in 1991.

Doug married Joan Campbell of Brooklyn, New York, in 1955, and the couple raised five children on Cottage Street. Doug and Joan would have been celebrating their 60th Anniversary this June.

Doug’s commitment to his community was deep. He served on the BBS board of trustees for 16 years and 12 years on the Vestry of the Zion Episcopal Church. He served 17 years on the Manchester Planning Commission and Transportation Committee as well as being a director of the Factory Point National Bank for 31 years. Doug was also a member of the Adoniram Lodge Masons, receiving a 65-year membership pin in 2014, the American Legion, and the VFW. He was on the Mt. Laurel School and Manchester Welfare and Nursing Association boards. He was a founding member of the Manchester Country Club, served on the Ekwanok Country Club board, and enjoyed 35 years as a volunteerfireman on the Manchester Fire Department.

Aside from civic duties, Doug served on the Bromley Ski Patrol and instructed for the Bromley Ski School. He loved to hike, ski, golf and play tennis and remained active in all of those activities into his 80s.

After his retirement, Doug made deliveries for the Meals on Wheels program.

He also spent many weekends tending the meadows and wooded acres of his property in Middletown Springs.

Doug was predeceased by his sisters Betty Shaw Powers and Catharine Shaw Erwin.

He is survived by his brother, Allen H. Shaw of Austin, Texas, his wife Joan, of Manchester, and his five children: Sally Shaw (Bart Bales), Andrew Shaw (Jennifer), Nancy Shaw, Cynthia Shaw (Chris Senecal), and Elizabeth Shaw (Ian Mackenzie). Doug was also the proud “Papa” of seven grandchildren: Calvin and Emily Shaw, Cameron and Rudyard Senecal, Celia Bales, and Esther and Isla Mackenzie.

He left behind a legacy of committed community service, a love of the outdoors, and a loyal appreciation of the Vermont landscape. Doug used his final years to hone his sense of gratitude, which only grew richer and more insistent with every passing day. Despite failing health, his sense of humor never faltered and he will be remembered by everyone who loved and cared for him as a man who never took life, or love, for granted.

Carroll, Francis J.

RUTLAND – Francis J. “Bats” Carroll, 90, died Feb. 8, 2015, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, FL.

He was born in Bennington, May 9, 1924, son of Francis H. and Ida (Pratt) Carroll.

Bats graduated Mount St. Joseph Academy, class of 1943. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran serving in the Pacific Theater. In 1952, he married Sheila McLaughlin.

After the war, he started a portrait photographing business in Rutland. He then began a banking career as a teller at Rutland Savings Bank and retired an Assistant Vice President 33 years later.

He was a member of Christ the King Church, Proctor Pittsford Country Club, Rutland American Legion Post 31 and Knights of Columbus. Some of Bats’ passions were golf, photography, painting and gardening and playing pool.

Surviving are his wife, Sheila Carroll of Rutland; three sons, Brian F. Carroll and wife, Anne, of W. Glover, Stephen M. Carroll, Joseph P. Carroll of Burlington; a brother, Robert H. Carroll of Rutland; two sisters Peggy Dowd of Boston, MA, and Patty Carroll of Castleton; two grandchildren, Kathleen and Chris.

He was predeceased by a brother, Edward W. Carroll, in 1998.

Fastiggi, Richard Norman

RICHARD NORMAN FASTIGGI – SOUTH BURLINGTON – Richard Norman Fastiggi of South Burlington, Coate’s Island, and Mission, Texas, passed away on May 1, 2014, in the Vermont Respite House following a brief illness.

Dick was born Dec. 26, 1931, in Bronx, N.Y., the son of James V. and Margaret M. (Perez) Fastiggi. Dick grew up in Mamaroneck, N.Y., became an Eagle Scout, and graduated from Mamaroneck High School in 1949. He attended Lehigh University, where he was a member of Delta Chi fraternity, leaving there in 1952 at the height of the Korean Conflict to enter the U.S. Army.

He subsequently was admitted to and graduated from The Engineer Officers Candidate School at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. His service included assignments at Ft. Sheridan, IL, K-8 AFB in Suwon, Korea, and Ft. Dix, N.J. Dick completed his military service in 1956, returning to Lehigh to finish his studies in Civil Engineering, graduating in 1958.

Dick worked for a time in New Jersey doing bridge structural design, and in 1960 joined the General Electric Company’s Aerospace Group in Burlington, as a missile structural design engineer. Subsequent assignments included leading the winning proposal effort and heading the ensuing management of the Gau8A aircraft armament system program, one of the most successful at GE Burlington. This led to further assignments in business planning and as the manager of the GE test facility in Burlington.

Dick retired from GE in 1992, with 32 years of proud service. He was a member of the GE ELFUN Society. Early in his retirement Dick volunteered extensively with the Chittenden County United Way. He was a founding member of the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center in 1993. He was a board member from 1994 to 2006, serving in the leadership roles of Secretary, Vice President, President and Chairman.

He joined the Malletts Bay Boat Club in 1966, serving several years on the Afterguard, and as Master in 1975 and 1976, and was made an Honorary Member in 2012. Dick was a competitive Lightning sailor, winning the New England Masters Championship in 2010.

He was a key organizer of the 2001 Lightning North American Championship Regatta and the 2009 World Championship Regatta, held at MBBC. He retired from competitive sailboat racing after the 2011 season. He was a member of the West Bolton Golf Club, and with his golfing buddies made an annual boating journey from Burlington to Florida, cruising in a recreational trawler and playing golf at each available harbor.

Over the years this led to the creation of the on-going “Bruce-Dick-Bill Tournament”, with its annual family banquet and awards ceremony. He shot his age twice and earned a hole-in-one. Earlier in Dick’s sporting career he was active in sports car rallies and gymkhana.

Dick and Patricia Wilson met in 1960 while performing in a community musical theater production in New Jersey, with Dick proposing, and Pat accepting, on stage during the curtain call of “Call Me Madam.” The following year they were married at the University of Notre Dame where Pat’s father, Alex Wilson, was the track and field coach.

Dick and Pat have been active members of their church and community, singing in the St. John Vianney Church Folk Group and the South Burlington Community Chorus. Dick also organized the annual Bishop’s Fund appeal for many years. In their retirement community in Mission, Texas, Dick served as president of the neighborhood association for two years, organized their weekly golf scrambles and enjoyed singing in the choir and at happy hour.

Dick was a kind and gentle man, and there was nothing more important to him than his family. He enjoyed researching his family genealogy, which included traveling to town archives and even a trip to Calitri, Italy, to research his family roots. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren at camp, and his smile was always present.

Predeceased by his parents; Dick is survived by his wife, Pat; his brothers, Robert of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Raymond (Jane) of Mamaroneck; sons, Bill (Suzy Coburn) and Rick (Rebecca Sidway); and daughters, Beth (Patrick Standen), Kathy (Eric Stengel) and their children, Corey, Kate and Christopher, and Barbara (Kurt Bosselman) and their children, Alex and Jemma; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at St. John Vianney Church, 160 Hinesburg Rd., South Burlington, followed by a reception at the church hall.

Schweyer, Benjamin F.

BENJAMIN F. SCHWEYER – SHELBURNE – Benjamin F. Schweyer, 89, a resident of Wake Robin in Shelburne, died on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

Born in Owego, N.Y., on Dec. 29, 1925, he was the son of Benjamin and Mildred Schweyer. The family moved to Burlington in the late 1930s where Ben attended local schools, graduating from Burlington High School in the Class of 1943. With the war in full swing, Ben attended Norwich University in an Army reserve program and joined the Army while there.

Following basic training, he was assigned to the Engineer Battalion of the 78th Infantry Division and was sent to England and on to Europe. He arrived in time to participate in the Battle of the Bulge, the Rhineland and the Central European Campaigns, earning three Battles Stars for his participation.

He returned home to enter the University of Vermont, graduating in 1949 and directly headed to the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1952, he continued in his law practice in Burlington for 40 years. He was a partner in the law firm of Latham, Eastman, Schweyer and Tetzlaff. Skiing at Stowe, sailing on Lake Champlain and golfing with friends at the Burlington Country Club brought him great pleasure.

In 1969, Margo McKenzie became his wife and lifetime companion until her death in April 2009. Although they enjoyed Burlington in the warmer weather, Green Valley, Ariz., became their winter home, offering a friendlier climate for Margo, the proximity of Margo’s family and the availability of year round golf for Ben.

Ben is survived by his sister, Mary (Patsy) Schweyer Nostrand of Middlebury, and her three children, Susan Boston of Woodstock, Peter Nostrand of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Ben Nostrand of Charlotte.

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Kelley Jr., Lawrence (Larry) C.

Lawrence Charles Kelley Jr. died on May 9, 2014 at his home in Surfside Beach following a long bout with cancer.

Larry was born in Bridgeport, CT Sept 6, 1932, son of Lydia (Crerand) and Lawrence C. Kelley Sr. He lived in Fairfield, CT but spent much of his time in Cuttingsville, VT on his grandparents farm. He graduated from Roger Ludlow HS and attended the University of Bridgeport before being drafted in the Army in October 1952. During the Korean conflict he served in the signal corps, later as Chaplain’s Assistant spending 26 months in Salzburg, Austria. He also served on the Signal Corps inspection team in Austria. He was selected as part of the United States Forces Army choral group traveling throughout Italy and Austria singing in concerts.

In November 1955 he was hired by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co, Bridgeport, CT. He was one of their top salesman, attaining top 100 in the country several times. His promotion to assistant manager in New Haven, CT at the age of 25 made him one of the youngest at that time.

In 1963, he and his wife Helene moved with their children to Vermont, opened a Bed & Breakfast called the Austria Haus in Mt Holly where he obtained his real estate license. In 1964 he and partner Harold Weidman bought the Gov. Fletcher mansion in Proctorsville,VT. They operated the Bavarian Castle, a 9 bedroom inn with fine dining. In 1969 they opened the Chopping Block, a favorite area nightlub. After selling these successful businesses, he and his partners opened Key Realty in Ludlow, VT. Separating from his partners in 1981, he started his own office, Kelley Real Estate, still operating under different ownership.

Larry was very active in community affairs serving as lister, auditor and town agent in Mt Holly. Later, in Cavendish, he served on the school board for 5 years, and was Chairman. Elected in 1970 to the Green Mountain High School Board, he shared responsibility for constructing the new Union school. He was elected School Moderator for the Union School District, a position he held for a number of years. He was the GMUHS Booster Club’s first President . In 1975 he was honored by the state as parent of the year for the Union school district.

He moved to Ludlow from Cavendish and was appointed to the Planning Commission. He was also a director of the Ludlow Chamber of Commerce. One of Larry’s greatest passions was the Ludlow Rotary Club. He joined in 1964, was elected President in 1973. He believed and lived by Rotary’s Four Way Test. The club honored him with a Paul Harris Fellowship in 1997. He was a 50 year Mason, a Shriner, Odd Fellow and a member of American Legion Post 36 in Ludlow.

He worked for over 40 years on his geneology, traveling, researching and recording his family history. He maintained membership in many societies throughout New England. Over 13,000 relatives were identified, including 8 Revolutionary War soldiers and 8 Mayflower descendants. He is the eighth generation to be buried in Vermont.

Sports were a big part of his life. He coached Little League teams, played in a Class A softball league, was a trained umpire. He bowled many years at the Rutland, VT Bowlerama and rolled the first 700 series in the City league there. Tennis was a favorite game but golf held a special place in his heart. He served as director of the VT Golf Association for 11 years, and as President for two years. He was certified as a golf course rater and served as the USGA’s Regional Affairs Committeeman for the state of Vermont since 1995. He was a working member of the New England Golf Association for a number of years. He won the 1999 club Champion at Okemo Valley GC in Ludlow, had 4 holes in one to his credit, won many tournaments and was renowned for his putting skills under pressure.

A man of strong faith, he worshiped in the Episcopal/Anglican Church all his life. He sang for 5 years in the all boys choir at St John’s in Bridgeport, CT. While a member of the church’s Boy Scout troop #20, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout and earned the God and Country award.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Sherry Jones Trombley and her children Jeremy R. Trombley of Hubbardton, VT and Kendra (Claudius) Stute of Rutland Town, VT . From his marriage in 1955 to Helen Lanzelin he has two children Cynthia Kelley (Lorance) McGlashan of Glenniffer, Australia and Gregory (Terry) Kelley from Long Beach, CA. He has two sons from his marriage in 1967 to Janice McNulty, Lawrence C. (Sandi) Kelley III of Ludlow, VT and Christopher J. (Lisa) Kelley of Belmont, VT. He and Sherry are proud grandparents to 13 grandchildren from their combined family. He is also survived by a sister, Jane K. (Donald) Jefferson and one brother Ronald Kelley.

Since retirement in 1999 he and his wife have spent their winters in SC, and moved there full time in 2012.

Ward, Richard S.

Richard S. Ward

Age: 90 • South Burlington

Richard S. Ward, 90, South Burlington, Vt. died peacefully on August 5th, 2015 at the University of Vermont Medical Center following a short illness. He was born on October 20th, 1924 in Montpelier, Vt., the son of Merlin and Aline Hollopeter Ward. He was a graduate of St. Johnsbury Academy, class of 1941. Richard was attending Syracuse University when he made the decision to join the Marine Corps during World War II at the age of 17. After the war Richard eventually returned to his multi-generational roots in the lumber industry as Richard S. Ward Lumber. Richard was a long-time member of the Burlington Country Club, the Ethan Allen Club, the Shrine, the Masonic Temple, the Elks Club and the Essex Rotary. But of all things, Richards’s passion was with the Marine Corps. Richards’s military tenure with the Marines during World War II was remarkable by all standards.

After boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina he fought in every campaign that the 1st Marine Division was involved in throughout the entire war. His first campaign was at Guadalcanal then New Guinea twice, Peleliu and finally Okinawa. Richard became very involved with the reunions for the 37th Special Weapons Company hosting several of these events in Florida.

Richard was married to Arlene Mae Hickey in 1947 and together they had 5 sons. Michael Richard Ward of Essex Jct., VT. William M. Ward of Essex Jct., VT. Thomas E. Ward of Essex Jct. VT., David C. Ward of Columbus, GA., and Richard S. Ward of Essex Jct. VT.

Richard was remarried in 1978 to Vivian C. Stewart and became step-father to Lynn Stewart-Parker of Starksboro, VT, Michael Stewart of Austin, TX, Sean Stewart of FL., Jeffrey Stewart of Burlington, VT and Jamie Stewart of Burlington VT. Richard has 3 grandchildren and 15 step-grandchildren. Richard is survived by his sister Lois Tierney of Hampton, New Hampshire and Holly Ward and his wife Peggy Ward of Middlebury, VT.

A funeral service will be held for Richard at the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT at 1:00PM on Friday, August 21, 2015. Immediately following the funeral, there will be internment with military honors at Resurrection Park Cemetery, 200 Hinesburg Road, South Burlington, VT. To send online condolences to the family please visit

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Fersing, Sten E.

Surrounded by his loving family, Sten Eric Fersing passed away peacefully with grace and dignity on August 22, 2015. Sten had a way of making everyone he met feel loved and special – the man with a twinkle in his eye and a radiant smile. He was an outdoorsman, a lover of nature in all its splendor, a professional with natural talent and competence, who always acted with grace and humility – a beloved friend to all. His integrity, ethics, and graciousness was completely sincere. Sten had a way of bringing out the best in people because that is what he saw in them.

Sten was born on December 21, 1939 in Springfield VT, to Leif Fersing and Winifred Stubbs Fersing. He grew up in Springfield where he attended school, graduating in 1957 from Springfield High School and then received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in 1962. Sten married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Ptasnik in 1961, and they moved to Montreal where he attended dental school at McGill University. While at McGill, Sten was Dental Student’s Society Executive for two years, class president in 1964-65, and editor of the McGill Dental Review. He graduated second in his class in 1965 and moved to Burlington, VT where he started his dental practice. Sten was greatly loved by his patients and staff alike. Sten’s practice quickly grew and he soon took on partner Steve Barclay, together creating a large,warm,family- friendly practice. After a happy and fulfilling 42 years, Sten found it very difficult to retire when the time finally came.

Sten’s love of the outdoors spawned many great trips and adventures and created wonderful memories with all his friends and family. His true passion was traveling and visiting faraway places, distant relatives, exotic beaches, deep untracked powder, and his loving children and grandchildren. He was an avid golfer and longtime member of the Burlington Country Club. He played tennis and squash with the same joy and enthusiasm for the spirit of the game. Sten also loved hunting and fishing, but most of all he enjoyed the communion with nature, the friendships, the sunrises, the awesome food and drink, the great stories and laughter. From skiing the Haute Route (twice), canoeing the Allagash River multiple times, to regularly participating in the Camels Hump Challenge and other great adventures, he truly knew the meaning of life “never better.”

Sten was a loving caring father, brother, uncle, grandfather, husband, and friend. He had a way about him that was calming to all that came in contact with him. He was strong and confident in a way that made even the most troubled people relax and forget all their worries. His easy demeanor made all children take to him very quickly, and he was a special favorite of his grandchildren and step grandchildren.

Sten is survived by his loving wife, Linda, of 3 years; his son Derek and wife Helen and their children Nicole and Liam; his daughter Kirsten Fitzgerald and husband David and their children Davin, Ryan and Aiden; his son Kyle and wife Tammy and their children Avery, Hayden and Annika; niece Erika and her husband Bob; his brother Jan and wife Kelly and Jan’s children Betsy, David, Steven and Nancy. Sten is also survived by his step children: Heather Hudddleston (Hutch )and their children Riley, Sage and Sam; Mathew Gibson (Frances) and their children Rowan, Miles, Haven and Wyatt; Brendan Gibson and daughter Ruby; and Brian Gibson. Also survived by a very special mother-in-law, Betty Hodges. Sten was predeceased by his parents Leif Fersing and Winifred (Stubbs)Fersing; and his wife of 49 years Barbara (Ptasnik) Fersing.

Griffen, Deacon Gary

BRANDON – A Mass of Christian burial for Gary Glen Griffin, 67, deacon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon, was celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon.

The Most Rev. Christopher Coyne, bishop of the Diocese of Burlington, was the celebrant. Tony Previti was deacon of the word and Gerry Scilla was deacon of the Eucharist. Stu James was the organist, accompanied by the church choir.

Active pallbearers included Del Cook, Steve Pelletier, Vincent Munro, Fred Zimmer, Jerry Flint and Bernie Carr.

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Penders, Robert

Age: 93 • South Burlington

Robert J. Penders, 93 of. South Burlington, died on Monday, November 2, 2015 at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. He was born in Burlington on March 13, 1922, the son of John and Catherine (Murray) Penders. During World War II, Bob served in the US Army and served in the US Air Force during the Korean War, retiring from the Air Force after 20 years of service. On Feb. 5, 1955, he married Eleanor M. Brown in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Mrs. Penders predeceased him on Feb. 7, 2009. Bob retired from Security at General Electric Co. in April 1984, after 17 years of service. He was an active member of St. John Vianney parish where he was an Altar Server for many years. He was a member of Knights of Columbus 4th degree, Eagle’s club, VFW, and American Legion. He was an avid golfer and a longtime member of Rocky Ridge Golf Club where he was a starter for many years.

Mr. Penders is survived by his sisters-in-law, Louise Penders and Shirley Thayer and many nieces, nephews and close friends of which include Margaret Poirier and family, Deacon Joe and Shirley Lane and the Michaud family. He was also predeceased by his parents, sister Shirley Duhaime and her husband, Andrew, his sister Joyce Bouchard and her husband, Emerson and his brother, John Penders and by his sister Elaine Penders,

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on S aturday, November 21, 2015 at 11:00 am in St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church with burial to follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery.

For those who wish, donations may be made to the VT Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495.

There will be no visiting hours. Assisting his family is the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service, South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington.

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Goutas, Edward M.

Age: 73 • Bellows Falls

Edward M. Goutas, 73, died Sunday, June 19, 2016, after a brief illness. He was born Sept. 12, 1942, in Bellows Falls, the son of Nicholas & Ida (Stankiewicz) Goutas.

He graduated from Bellows Falls High School in 1960, Saint Michael’s College in 1964 and St. John’s University School of Law in 1968. After law school, Mr. Goutas was a New York state parole officer before returning to Vermont to practice law. He opened his own law practice in 1973 in Bellows Falls and later became a probate judge.

He enjoyed playing duplicate bridge and achieved the rank of life master. He retired to Florida with his wife, Nancy Holton Divoll. He achieved his first hole-in-one in golf on May 27, 2016, less than a month before his death.

Mr. Goutas is survived by his wife; sisters Cathy Bergmann of Bellows Falls and Dorothy Chapman of Louden, N.H.; nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; and brother, John Goutas.

The funeral will be held at St. Charles Church in Bellows Falls at a later date, with burial at St. Charles’ Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to Saint Michael’s College, One Winooski Park, Colchester, VT 05439.

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