Obituaries May 29, 2013

obit powersGerald Bert Powers

Gerald Bert Powers, 98, of Easthampton, Massachusetts, died peacefully on May 15, 2013, after a short illness.

He was born on November 14, 1914, in Derby, to A. Thomas and Minnie Mae (Shannon) Powers.  He married the love of his life, Lucile Gardner, on July 12, 1938.  They enjoyed nearly 70 years of marriage before her death in March of 2008.

His lifelong fascination with vehicles began on the family’s dairy farm, and he was hooked with the purchase of his first car, a 1928 Model T Ford, for $32.  He found his calling driving trucks, first working for George Demers out of Newport and then for St. Johnsbury Trucking.  He was the third person in Vermont to sign in for the Teamsters, and was a devoted union man for the rest of his life.

Mr. Powers served as a Private First Class in the U.S Army, Third Infantry Division, during World War II, driving as a messenger throughout central Europe.

Mr. and Mrs. Powers retired to Melbourne, Florida, in 1974, where he competed in shuffleboard tournaments and added to his collection of antique woodworking tools.

He is survived by four sons:  Dean, and Charlotte, of West Charleston, Richard of North Hero, William of Tarpon Springs, Florida, and Keith of Easthampton.  He is also survived by nine grandchildren, including Dean Powers Jr. of Morgan, Larry Powers of West Charleston, and Jennifer Allen of Derby; and by 15 great-grandchildren.

obit reidyMichael William Reidy

Michael William Reidy, 57, died on May 17, 2013, at his home in Jay, after a long illness.

He was born on October 18, 1955, and raised in Holden, Massachusetts.

He was a loving husband, father, brother, son and friend.  Mr. Reidy, sometimes known as “Full Blast,” lived his life to the fullest.  He was captain of his fishing vessel The Valkyrie, a regatta-winning sailor, and a maritime adventurer.  The world was a better place with him in it.

He leaves his devoted wife Michelle; his stepmother Phyllis Handy; his children:  Nils, Hannah, and Shon Reidy Jr., Jess and Zander Melo, Missy Ruggles, Kevin and Bethany Bonneau; his siblings:  Timothy Reidy of Colorado and Carolyn Reidy-Ruberti, Joseph Reidy, and Susan Huntington, all of Massachusetts; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless lifelong friends.

He was predeceased by his father Edward Reidy, who died in January of 2012; and his mother Ruth (Lynch) Reidy, who died in January of 1991.

There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, June 1, at 3 p.m., at his home in Jay, at 135 Elm Drive, where he lived with his family.  Immediately following the celebration, he will be buried in the small town cemetery on Cemetery Road in Jay.

Anyone who would like to order flowers should contact Spates The Florist in Newport at 334-8330.  Donations are also welcome by the family to help defray expenses.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit stoufferClair J. Stouffer

Clair J. Stouffer, 70, of Derby died suddenly on May 25, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on December 8, 1942, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the son of Jean (Malseed) and Clair Stouffer Jr.  On June 15, 1982, he married Carolyn Rueckert, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.  He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a master’s degree.  He was a teacher at West Point Prep School in Monmouth, New Jersey, for many years.  He was a member of the board of Vermont farmers’ markets and he and his dog, Eddie, were involved with Delta Pet Partner’s therapy dogs.  He loved to display at the various farmers’ markets.

He is survived by his wife, Linn Stouffer, of Derby; his children:  Jason C. Stouffer of Houston, Texas, and Ashley L. Stouffer of Newport; his brother T. Bradley Stouffer and his wife, Nancy, of Holland; his sister Charon Whitesell and her husband, Thomas, of Tequesta, Florida; and by several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Richard “Dick” Ernest Webster

obit websterRichard (Dick) Webster, 77, of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Newport Center, died suddenly on May 20, 2013, with his fiercely devoted and loving family by his side.

He was born on May 27, 1935, in Island Pond, the son of Ernest and Louisa Webster.  He attended and graduated from Brighton High School in 1954.  On September 13, 1959, he married his wife, Charlotte Elaine Powers.  Together they created a family, built their own home, and spent the next 54 years traveling through the entire United States, Canada and Mexico.

He worked all his adult life for the Canadian Pacific Railway, Prouty & Miller, North Country Hospital, and later on for Pick and Shovel.  In 1992, they moved to Las Vegas to be near their beloved daughter, her husband, and their grandchildren.  In later years, great-grandchildren joined the family.  The family loved to hear his stories and he taught everyone so much.

He was a friend to everyone and helped all he knew, from building homes, to baling hay.  He was an amazing, funny, selfless, hard working man, loved by all who knew him.  He puttered all the time, right up until he passed.  He was always building something.

He will be deeply missed by all.

He is survived by his wife Charlotte and their loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There will be no funeral services, as family will have a private ceremony honoring his memory at a place special to him and his family in Nevada.

Service

John Warner

Committal services for John Warner will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 31, at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

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