Douglas V. Aronson, “The Ole Troll,” died peacefully at home in Woodbury on Friday, September 5, 2014.
Born January 23, 1935, to Harry and Iris Aronson in Hartford, Connecticut, he was one of four children.
Mr. Aronson attended public schools during early childhood in Hartford. With the onset of World War II, he was moved to Woodbury, to live with his grandparents and help work their family farm. At this time, he attended Woodbury Graded School. After WWII, he moved back to Hartford and finished high school. His love of the land and animals led him to continue his education at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, and then to Howell Cheney Technical College in Manchester, Connecticut, where he earned his AS in animal husbandry.
On July 7, 1974, he married Sandra (Trefren) Aronson in East Montpelier. They blended their families to raise a family of nine before having a child together. In 1975, after running a family dairy farm in Berlin, Mr. and Mrs. Aronson bought the Woodbury Country Store and moved to Woodbury. For years, the Woodbury Country Store thrived and diversified as an authentic general store by selling bait and tackle, and having a snack bar and deli. Customers fast became friends, as the store was a hub for the town. Mr. Aronson’s love of hunting, fishing, boating, and snowmobiling was obvious to those who patronized the store. His fishing tips and advice soon turned into a radio show on WDEV known as the “The ‘Ole Troll.”
Mr. Aronson went on to do various jobs including as a meat cutter for Grand Union and in retirement he became a part-time delivery driver for Bond Auto Parts, Inc. Over the years, he served the town of Woodbury, in various capacities including serving on the volunteer fire department and as a justice of the peace. He helped organize the children’s Christmas and Halloween parties, and he worked tirelessly on the town skating rink. He was proud to be a Mason and enjoyed the camaraderie of his brothers.
Those close to Mr. Aronson never knew when they would be on the other end of one of his fun-loving pranks — as he loved to laugh, tell stories, pick on people he liked, party, and talk about his large family. He had a huge heart and would help anyone he could — he always found the good in someone no matter who they were.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Sandi Aronson of Woodbury; his sons and daughters-in-law: Doug and Maria Aronson of Mt. Hood, Oregon, Carl and Marina Aronson and Scott and Tammy Aronson of Randolph; his daughters: Tammy Aronson of North Fort Myers, Florida, Karen Lilley of Berlin, Kim Aronson of Wilmington, and Ann and her husband, Mike Cookson, of Cabot; his stepchildren: Marilyn Ready of Bristol, Connecticut, Carlos Gomez of Kingman, Arizona, and Diana Lisevick of Bridgeport, Connecticut; and by his 25 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Also surviving are two sisters: Dawna Stewart of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Althea Aronson of Woodbury.
He was predeceased by a brother, Clarence “Cal” Aronson.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Woodbury Methodist Church in the center of Woodbury Village 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 13, followed immediately by a graveside service at the South Woodbury Cemetery. The family encourages all to share a favorite memory at his service and invites people to join them directly after the graveside service for a luncheon at the Woodbury Town Hall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843; or to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, Vermont 05641.
Maxine M. Kelley, 91, of Brownington died peacefully on August 25, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Brownington.
She was born on August 15, 1923, in Barton, to Perley and Arline (Burdette) Ingalls.
On July 29, 1941, she married Elwin Kelley Sr., who predeceased her.
She was a clipper for Columbia Forest Products, from where she retired after 18 years of service.
She liked to dance, especially the Charleston. She also enjoyed playing darts, going for rides, and going out to eat. She spent many hours crocheting, as the family each received many of her works. She was an avid reader and was always very independent and lived next door to her daughter, Brenda, which enabled her to do so. She was a very big part of her family.
She always enjoyed her many cats and dogs over the years.
She is survived by her children: Brenda Simons and her husband, Earl, of Brownington, Dorine Lombarto of Florida, Wayne Kelley and his wife, Linda, of Quebec, and Dean Kelley and his wife, Pauline, of Alabama; her grandchildren: Kim and Tom Thompson, Terri and Jeff LaClair, Lynn Farrand, Kenni Ann and Joe Hawkesworth, Elwin and Shelley Kelley, Bobbie-Jo and Paul Beauregard, Lisa and Jeff Lanoue, Scott and Shelley Kelley, Chad Kelley, Kelly, Phillip, Sherry, Christine, Robin, Carmen, Tonya, Tammy, Christie, and Skylar; her great-grandchildren: Cassidy, Natalie, Dillon, Perry, William, Ethan, Sheyanne Thompson, Tom Thompson, Dustin, Alex, Caleb, Matthew and Derrick; her great-great-grandchildren: Jessie and Savanna Thompson, Aiden Farrand, Mikalya Farrand, and Kaya Moore; and by her sister, Marcella Dow and her husband, Dick, of Florida.
She was predeceased by her son, Elwin Kelley Jr., in 2008; her special grandson, Josh Simons, in 2011; and by five brothers and one sister.
Funeral services were held on August 30, in Brownington. Interment followed at the Derby Line Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Emergency Unit, in care of Dot Collier, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.
Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.
Peter T. Leck
Peter T. Leck, 62, of Glover, formerly of North Troy, died on August 22, 2014, in Glover.
He was born on October 12, 1951, in Yonkers, New York, to Charles and Marguerite (Farese) Leck.
He was a cook for the North Troy Inn.
During his lifetime, he enjoyed doing woodworking.
He is survived by his mother, Marguerite Savio of North Billerica, Massachusetts; and by seven brothers and sisters: Philip, Richard, Charles, Kathy, Deborah, Elizabeth, and Karen.
He was predeceased by his father, Charles Leck, and by his brother, Michael.
A graveside service was held on August 30, at the Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.
Ardis A. Sykes, 85, formerly of Morgan, died on September 6, 2014, in Newport.
She was born on June 16, 1929, in Newport Center, to Eben and Carrie (Norris) Wilcox.
On April 4, 1949, she married Raymond Sykes, who survives her.
She was a helpmate to her husband on their dairy farm in Morgan for many years.
She was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed cooking, gardening and helping her husband with the farm work.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond Sykes of Newport; her children: Richard Sykes and his wife, Helene, of Newport, Kenneth Sykes and his wife, Denise, of Morgan, Randy Sykes and his wife, Sharon, of Derby Line, and Gary Sykes and his wife, Christine, of Norton; and by her 11 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Merna Ashman of Island Pond; and by several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two infant sons; four brothers: Marshall, Wendall, Basil and Kenneth; and by two sisters: Shirley and Audrey.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, September 12, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on September 12, from noon until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Newport Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-Aire Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.
Ashley Marie Allard
Calling hours for Ashley Marie Allard of Derby will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, September 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., with the Reverend Fred and Carol Ann Barker officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport. A reception will follow at the Community Church of Derby, located at the intersection of Route 5 and Route 105 in Derby.