Roger A. Buck, 79 of Derby died on May 14, 2015, at his home.
He was born on September 4, 1935, in Newport, to Harold and Helen (Bullis) Buck.
On December 13, 2003, he married Diane Bowen, who predeceased him on December 18, 2009.
He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was the former co-owner of B&B Repair, and worked for L&R Automotive, Pike Industries, and he helped build the upper Tram House at Jay Peak. More recently he was a mechanic for Moe’s Consignment.
He was a member of the Newport Order of the Elks Lodge #2155 and the Eagles Club of Newport.
He is survived by his children: Carmen Doe and her husband, Earl, of North Port, Florida, and Robyn Buck of Oceanside, California; his grandchildren: Niki Doe, Crystal Lowery, Joshua Doe, Tawni Bowen, Ravyn Bowen, and Sabrina Giroux; his great-grandchildren: Nicholas Buck, Taylor Bressette, Ross Lowery, and Aidan Lowery; his brother Charlie Buck of Newport Center; and by his sister Carmen Bartee and her husband, Jerry, of Tucson, Arizona. He is also survived by his extended family: the Randalls, the Jones family, Becky Miller, Becca and Caitlyn Rice, Kim, Jason and Nicholas Binghman, Dan and Sheila Green, DJ Green, Tim Sykes, Samantha Corkins, and Ashley Schnider.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Elks Lodge #2155, 3736 U.S. 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.
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Gerry Hunt, 62, of Morgan died on May 5, 2015, at Columbia Medical Center in New York City, from pancreatic cancer discovered just two weeks earlier while traveling in Spain and Portugal. His beloved wife, Elaine Lockwood, and brothers, sons, and their partners were at his side.
Known for his uncommon kindness, warm smile, and joi-de-vivre, he was a man of great intelligence, accomplishment, humility, and wide-ranging interests. He was blessed with charisma and the simple gift of making everyone around him feel important and loved. It was always easy for his children, his wife, and brothers to look to him for guidance.
Son of Pat Hunt and the late Paul Hunt, he was born in Burlington in 1952. He grew up in Island Pond and later Morgan, with his brothers Don and Andy. He enjoyed skiing at Burke Mountain, fishing in Island Pond and Lake Seymour, biking, and camping trips with the family. As a teenager, he met and fell in love with Ms. Lockwood during summers at the Orleans Country Club. Although they slowly lost contact when he went off to university, he would speak of her as his first real love.
In 1970 he graduated from St. Paul’s and continued on to serve as an intern for Vermont Senator Winston Prouty in Washington, D.C. After the internship, he enrolled at the University of Vermont (UVM) as a film major and was heavily involved in UVM theater as both cast and crew, a passion he later shared with his eldest son, Eli. During the 1980s he directed a number of plays in Woodstock. When UVM celebrated the fortieth anniversary of their Royal Tyler Theater in 2014, he helped organize the event including restoring the 1974 recordings of “The Contrast,” the first show performed in the theater, in which he had acted.
Mr. Hunt met the mother of his children, Faith Gaskell Hunt, at Vietnam War demonstrations in Washington, D.C. After graduation from UVM, they married and moved to Hartford to start a family. He worked at the Veterans Administration in White River Junction, and earned his MA in public administration from Antioch University.
He later redirected his career, entering the software industry, working for Houghton Mifflin and then Computer Microsystems Incorporated. There he discovered his entrepreneurial spirit and along with two partners founded his first company, Netrights.
Netrights was eventually purchased by an Oregon-based company, causing him to uproot and move to Portland, Oregon, for several years before once again settling back in the Northeast Kingdom. Back home in Vermont, he started working with his brother Don on the financial services offerings tied to his mother’s business, Pat Hunt Incorporated. Along with his wife, Debra Hardy Hunt, they also started Northeast Kingdom Homecare (NEKHC), a business allowing their elderly clients to stay in their own homes, while still receiving the personalized care and companionship they need. Over time, NEKHC added an adult daycare offering and currently maintains over 60 employees.
In 2010, after 40 long years apart, Mr. Hunt reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Elaine Lockwood. Ms. Lockwood introduced him to the sport of diving and her love of African wildlife. Mr. Hunt shared a love of good food and his rather large family. Together they shared their joys in experiencing the world. He had shared these passions with his sons as they grew up, by taking each of them on travels of their own. He always enjoyed telling the stories of his adventures.
An avid reader, he also enjoyed writing, genealogy, and playing games. He was an amazing chef and loved to share foods inspired by the many places he had traveled. He enjoyed playing the guitar and was a wonderful singer who loved to play for family and friends. His children have fond memories of being sung to sleep.
Passionate about public service and citizens’ obligations to serve and shape our government and the local community, he had become focused on conservation and environmental issues. He recently created a nonprofit, Vermont Students to Africa, which plans to send six students to Africa to study conservation in 2016.
His parting words to his friends and family were: ”Work hard, reach farther. Do great things. I’ll be watching. Love to you all. — Gerry.”
Besides the love of his life and childhood sweetheart, Elaine, he leaves a legacy including his sons: Eli and his fiancée, Emily, of Cornish, New Hampshire, Ezra and his partner, Anna, of Portland, Oregon, and Eben and his partner, Katharine, of Canaan, New Hampshire; and his stepchildren: Eliot Brooks and Grace Brooks. He is survived by his mother, Pat Hunt, and her longtime friend, Al Callahan, of Morgan; his brothers: Donald Hunt and his wife, Andrea, of Coventry, and Andy Hunt and his wife, Trish, of Vestal, New York; his uncle the Reverend Stuart Brush and his wife, Laura, of Woodbury, Connecticut; and many nieces and nephews.
Predeceasing him were his father, Paul Hunt; his daughter Erin; and his wife, Debra Hardy Hunt.
The family asks that those who desire to contribute to his legacy donate to the Vermont Students to Africa, 136 Coche Brook Crossing, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.
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Constance T. LeMay, 68, of Troy died peacefully on May 16, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her family.
She was born on January 22, 1947, in Newport, to Frederick and Theresa (Lawson) Gosselin.
On April 22, 1966, she married Roger LeMay, who predeceased her in 1990.
She loved water skiing, dancing, cooking, mowing the lawn, sewing, quilting, her flower gardens, and most of all the company of her three children and her grandchildren.
She is survived by her sons: Anthony LeMay and his wife, Dawn, of Troy, Robert LeMay and his wife, Cynthia, and Todd LeMay and his wife, Lucy, all of Newport Center; her grandchildren: Colby LeMay, Caleb LeMay, Elizabeth LeMay, Aidan LeMay, Christopher Varney, Catherine Smith and her husband, Michael, and Corinne Boone; her great-grandson Asher Smith; her siblings: Conrad Lawson and his wife, Rita, of Derby, Larry Lawson and his wife, Cheryl, of West Charleston, Sandra Snay and her husband, Tom, of Newport Center, Shirley Lawson of Irasburg, Gail Chaffee and her husband, Ron, of Newport, and Cheryl Lawson of Proctorsville; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 20, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
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Angele A. Miller, 83, of Barton died peacefully on May 9, 2015, in Newport.
She was born on April 8, 1932, in Dixville, Quebec, to Adelard and Marie Anne (Theroux) Tanguay.
In 1994, she married Ernest Miller, who predeceased her in 1995.
After selling the family farm in Glover she worked for St. Paul’s School from 1980, and she retired from there in 1993. She helped her husband, Ernie, with his plumbing business for ten years.
She was a dedicated 50-year member of the Daughters of Isabella and she was also a member of St. Paul’s Ladies Guild. She loved her flower and vegetable gardens and could be found working in them at any time during the day. She and her husband made many pilgrimages to Ste. Anne de Beaupre, to whom she had a great devotion.
She is survived by her children: Rachel Ducharme of Derby Line, Madeleine Robert of Franklin, New Hampshire, Gabrielle Ducharme of Burlington, Roger Ducharme and his wife, Donna, of Piasa, Illinois, Jeanne Snell of Tilton, New Hampshire, Rene Ducharme of Derby, Lorraine Ducharme of Rogers, Arkansas, and Denise Constant and her husband, Aaron, of Concord, New Hampshire; her stepdaughter Debbie Newsom and her husband, Kent, of Barton; her 15 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; her siblings: her twin sister, Angeline Tanguay, of Coaticook, Quebec, and Therese Morin of Fort Edward, New York; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her son Daniel Ducharme; her brothers: Norbert, Hermann, Rolland, Robert, Jean Claude, infant brother Rock, and infant sister Rachel.
Funeral services were held on May 15, in Barton. Interment followed in Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Paul’s School, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.
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Gailene Iris Richardson, 74, a longtime East Hardwick resident, died suddenly on May 13, 2015, following a brief illness.
She was born on April 13, 1941, in Greensboro, daughter of the late Frank H. Brock Sr. and Iris R. (McIntyre) Brock. She attended public schools in Greensboro and Hardwick Academy.
On October 3, 1959, she married Maurice Henry Richardson at St. Anthony’s Church in Silver Lake, New York.
She was first employed as a secretary at Atkins Garage in Hardwick. She was a home knitter for several years and for more than 43 years she made electrical components for Sprague Electric (SBE) in Barre. She retired in 2013.
She was a very devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who cared greatly for her family. She loved family gatherings and had an impressive green thumb, which allowed her to maintain a variety of houseplants. She was an avid cook and baker who also enjoyed knitting items for her family members. She also enjoyed watching the wildlife that frequently visited her backyard.
Survivors include her loving husband of 55 years, Maurice, of East Hardwick; four children: Maurice H. Richardson Jr. and his wife, Karan, of Barre, Michael Richardson and his wife, Amy, of Walden, Tammy (Richardson) Molleur of East Hardwick, and Marc Richardson and his companion, Billie Jo Nick, of Lowell; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers: Frank H. Brock Jr. of Colchester and John W. Brock Sr. of West Charleston; two sisters: Harriet Phillips of Mendon and Carol Frafack of Stafford Spring, Connecticut; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to her parents she was predeceased by an infant brother and sister.
A graveside service was held on May 21, in the Sanborn Cemetery in East Hardwick.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.
Yvette Elaine Thompson
Memorial services for Yvette Elaine Thompson of Derby will be held on Saturday, May 23, at 2 p.m. at the Derby Community Church, with the Reverend John Genco and Pastor Josh Calmes officiating. Following the service, burial will take place at the Derby Center Cemetery. A gathering for family and friends will follow at the American Legion on Veterans Avenue in Newport.
Committal services for Arland Macie of Coventry will be held on May 30, at 11 a.m., at the Irasburg cemetery.
Committal services for Floyd Coulter of Westfield will be held on Saturday, June 6, at the North Hill Cemetery in Westfield at 2 p.m.
Committal services for Barbara Boutin will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, at the Derby Center Cemetery.
Committal services for Gilles Vanasse will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery in Orleans.
Committal services for William Heath will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 22, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with military honors.
Committal services for Terrill Mason will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 22, at North Troy Village Cemetery, with full military honors.
Committal services for Jack Taylor will be held on Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m. at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.
Committal services for Wilma Beck will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 22, at the Derby Center Cemetery.
Committal services for Elaine Urie will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover.
Dr. Ray Griffin
Committal services for Dr. Ray Griffin will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover, with military honors.
Funeral services for Warren Brown will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 25, at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating. Friends may call at the church on May 25, from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with military honors.
Sharon Moquin Garfield
Sharon Moquin Garfield, 71, of Newport died on May 16, 2015, at her home, after a battle with cancer.
Friends may call from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.
John D. Mason
A graveside service for John D. Mason will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 22, at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.