Obituaries April 27, 2016
Donald J. Bradley
Donald J. Bradley, 63, of Barton died peacefully at home on Monday, April 18, 2016.
He was predeceased by his identical twin, Ronald, in April of 1991. Besides his twin, he had eight more siblings.
He was a machinist for many years. He also served in the Marine Corps.
He loved to go to the casino and he loved to watch football. He enjoyed being with his dog Lucky.
He also leaves many nieces and nephews. He was a beloved uncle, brother, and friend. He will be missed by many and admired for his bravery by all.
He always spoke highly of his many caretakers, whom he really appreciated.
The burial is private.
Robert E. Brosseau Sr.
Robert E. Brosseau Sr., 77, of Derby, died in Barton on April 21, 2016.
He was born on July 27, 1938, in Johnson, a son of Leo and Albertine (Cote) Brosseau.
He was loved and respected by all of his family and anyone he met. During the last of his working years, he worked for Paul Patenaude Construction as a skilled finish carpenter. He found great enjoyment in producing beautiful furniture pieces and wondrous toys in his woodworking shop.
He loved fishing as well as golf, and visiting dairy farms. He was considered an expert horseshoe player. His carpentry skills were used many times in assisting family with their building projects.
He married his wife Myrna Basford in 1960 and she predeceased him in April of 2010.
He is survived by his children: Robert Jr., Theresa Quinlan and her husband, Daniel, Deborah Messier and her husband, Shawn, Joseph Brosseau, and Andre Brosseau and his companion, Tammy Huntington, as well as step-children Candace Patenaude and her husband, Paul, Wendy Hamelin and her husband, John, Scott Gray, and Angie Gray who is wife of Ellis Gray; 25 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his brothers: Guy and his wife, Mona, Paul and his wife, Nicole, and Norman and his wife, Aline; his sisters: Georgette Greaves, Lucille Royer and her husband, Raymond, Denise Dewing, and Susan Aste and her husband, Forrest; his brother-in-law John Greaves; and by his sister-in-law Claire Brosseau.
He was predeceased by his brothers: John and Lawrence; and by his sisters: Mary Strong and Claire Greaves.
Funeral services will be held at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, on Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m., with the Reverend Leo Bilodeau officiating a Mass of Christian burial.
Should family or friends desire to make contributions in his memory, they may do so to Special Olympics of Vermont, 16 Gregory Drive, #2, South Burlington, Vermont 05403; or to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, second floor, Bethesda, Maryland 20814; or to the Area Agency on Aging, 59 Waterfront Plaza #14, Newport, Vermont 05855.
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Roland “Rolie” Choquette
Roland “Rolie” Choquette, formerly of Jay, died on March 25, 2016, in Lakeland, Florida. He was 73 years old.
He was born on February 8, 1943, in Jay. He was the son of Donat and Laurette (Roy) Choquette.
He attended school in Jay, and graduated from the North Troy High School in 1960.
He then went on to attend the University of Vermont, Hillsborough College in Tampa, Florida, and then the Burt Rogers School of Real Estate in Orlando, Florida.
He was a realtor in Lakeland for many years, the Orleans County Democratic chairman for several years, a member of the Florida Democratic party, and he strongly supported the national party as well.
He was a parishioner of the Resurrection Catholic Church in Lakeland, and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in North Troy during the summer months.
In 1994, he established Roland’s Fine Coins in Zephyrhills, Florida. It was a longtime dream of his. He enjoyed his business very much up until recent years.
He enjoyed skiing at Jay Peak for many years after his parents built the first ski lodge at Jay Peak in November of 1957.
He enjoyed going to NFL games, NHL games in Tampa, Florida, golfing, and boating.
He leaves behind a special cousin, Diane Geoffery, and family, of Irasburg; several other cousins from Vermont; and many friends in Vermont, Lakeland, and Mansonville, Quebec.
A Mass of Christian burial will take place on May 2, at 11 a.m., at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in North Troy, with the Reverend Ladislaus Mwelinde officiating. Interment will follow in the Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Jay Area Food Shelf, Jay Town Hall, 1036 Route 242, Jay, Vermont 05859.
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William B. DeLaney
William B. DeLaney, 79, of West Caldwell, New Jersey, and Craftsbury Common, died quietly in New Jersey on April 18, 2016, after a long illness.
He was born on October 13, 1936, in Wilmington, Delaware, the eldest son of Florence (Davis) and William W. DeLaney. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1958 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps at the Fort Monmouth Research and Development Laboratory from 1959 to 1961, where he helped design and build our country’s first satellite tracking system.
He married Janice Clawson in 1960 and had three children: David, Bruce, and Erin, after they moved to Cleveland, Ohio, to take his dream job at General Electric Lighting Division at NELA Park. He worked in the marketing department and at the world famous Lighting Institute, from where he retired in 2000. Projects included developing computer programs, lighting at the 1964-1965 World’s Fair, the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., and the Statue of Liberty’s Centennial Rededication in 1986.
While in Cleveland, his lifelong love of the theater developed into an avocation, which lasted 50 years. He specialized in stage lighting at dozens of schools and community theaters. He served on the board of directors and was technical director and lighting director at East Cleveland Theater for over 40 years.
A talented handyman who could fix almost anything using parts and pieces from his workshop, he volunteered on many repair jobs at his church. He served as Cubmaster of Pack #63 and Scoutmaster of troop #63 in East Cleveland. He met Beverly Daigle through Boy Scouts, and they later married in 1984.
After retirement, they enjoyed ocean and domestic river cruises, toured Hawaii, Alaska, and many national parks. They spent summers at a family farm in Craftsbury Common, where he was often out on his tractor before he was unpacked. He enjoyed swimming and boating on Great Hosmer Pond. They moved to West Caldwell in 2011, to live closer to their East Coast families.
He was a quiet man of few words but one of many accomplishments. He lived life on his own terms. He hoped to be remembered as someone who made a difference in the lives of people he touched. He will be sadly and greatly missed.
His survivors include his wife, Beverly, of West Caldwell; his sons: David of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Bruce and his wife, Laura, of Boise, Idaho; his daughter Erin of Jersey City, New Jersey; his stepsons: James Daigle and his wife, Zanda Lynn, of New York, New York, and David Daigle and his wife, Jill Howard, of Summit, New Jersey; his grandchildren: Gwendolyn and Dennis DeLaney of Idaho; his step-grandchildren: Catherine Daigle of New York, Stephen Daigle, Andrew Daigle, and Charles Daigle of New Jersey; and by his sibling: James DeLaney of Delaware, Edgar DeLaney and his wife, Helen, of Colorado, and Peggy Mallette and her husband, Rowan Conrad, of Montana.
He was predeceased by his parents.
Memorial services will be held in West Caldwell at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Gail L. Kilmartin
Gail L. Kilmartin died on April 12, 2016, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, from complications due to ovarian cancer.
Born on October 6, 1942, in New Rochelle, New York, to Robert W. Newfang and “Sunny” Gillett Johnson, she grew up in Mamaroneck, New York, and spent the summers at Lake Seymour, where her parents owned Fourway Lodge for over 30 years. She attended the Rye Neck schools and graduated from Wheaton Academy in Illinois, then from Wheaton College with a degree in literature and speech communication.
While attending Wheaton College, she met Duncan F. Kilmartin. A long distance courtship ensued as he attended Colgate University in New York, and they were married on June 20, 1964, in White Plains, New York, on what was historically the hottest day of the year. While Mr. Kilmartin attended The University of Chicago Law School, she began her teaching career in Hazel Crest, Illinois. Upon Mr. Kilmartin’s graduation, they moved to Brattleboro, where she taught English at Bellows Falls High School, and he clerked for the Honorable Ernest Gibson Jr., chief federal district judge for Vermont. While in Brattleboro, she joined “The Little Theater” and played Cory Bratter in Barefoot in the Park. From there, they settled in Newport, as Mr. Kilmartin began practicing law with Paul Rexford, and together they were building their family.
Ms. Kilmartin’s deepest desire was to be a support and help to her family, whom she loved deeply, and to be an active contributor in the community of Newport, where she spent most of her adult life. She succeeded on both of these fronts. She anchored the home front for her two daughters, while her husband worked as a lawyer in the community and as a state representative in Vermont.
She possessed an authentic kindness, compassion, and commitment to others, as well as great creativity, resourcefulness, and style, which were her trademark. She brought each of these gifts to every endeavor, whether it was for her family, her friends, or her community.
Her many involvements included: deaconess of the Derby Community Church (formerly the United Church of Derby) for over 40 years; Sunday School superintendent and choir director; secretary of the Newport Women’s Club; member of the hospital auxiliary; volunteer for Girl Scouts; executive committee member of The After Five Club for over 20 years; trustee of United Christian Academy for over ten years; and as a junior high language arts teacher for over 24 years. She was appointed by Governor Jim Douglas to be a member of the Vermont State Hearing Panels for Professional Public Educators from 2007 to 2012.
Throughout her life, Ms. Kilmartin walked with her heavenly father and shared her faith in Jesus to her children and to many of those she served in the community. She cultivated precious and long-standing relationships — just as she consistently reached out to form new ones. During her illness, these friendships, old and new, were a source of encouragement and strength for her, and the family would like to express their deepest appreciation for those dear friends who rallied around her and her family during this difficult time.
Over the last five years, Ms. Kilmartin and her husband have also greatly enjoyed their Florida home and deeply appreciated a new world of special friends and wonderful experiences. Of particular enjoyment for her were the times beautifully spent with her daughters, sons-in-law, and three grandchildren.
She was the beloved wife of Duncan Kilmartin for nearly 52 years. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Courtney Gillett Kilmartin and her husband, Tom Williams, and Sara Tyler and her husband, Ben Wyllie; her grandchildren: Cullen Duncan, Mora Gillett, and Kelsey Sara Wyllie; her sister and brother-in-law Marcia Gillett and Dr. Glenn Koponen; and by her nephews: Michael Kari and Brian Robert Koponen.
Calling hours will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, at the Derby Community Church in Derby. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, June 11, at 1 p.m., at the Derby Community Church. Interment will be at the Gillett family plot in Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City in June.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Center, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, Massachusetts 02284-9168; or to United Christian Academy, 65 School Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Derby Community Church, P.O. Box 294 Derby, Vermont 05829.
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Roger R. Pion Sr.
Roger R. Pion Sr., 80, of Morgan died peacefully on April 18, 2016, in Colchester.
He was born on April 12, 1936, in Westfield, to Ovila and Olivina (Meunier) Pion. On October 15, 1955, he married Annette Fontaine, who survives him.
He was a postal contractor for the United States Postal Service. He was a lifetime member of Newport Elks Lodge #2155.
He enjoyed going hunting, sugaring, horses, tractor pulls, working in the woods, reading, spending winters in Florida with his wife, and going on cruises.
He is survived by his wife, Annette Pion, of Morgan; his children: Lucy Neel of Holland, Claire Paradis and her husband, Laurent Jr., of Lennoxville, Quebec, Michael Pion and his wife, Dolores, of Barton, Carolyn Riley and her husband, James, of Colchester, Roger Pion Jr., and his wife, Donna, of Barton, and Sally Carruthers and her husband, David, of Ogden, Quebec; his grandchildren: Jessica Harris, Patrick Cannon, Chantal Paradis, Danielle Paradis, Pascale Paradis, Nathan Pion, Natalie Pion, Taylor Riley, Connor Riley, Mitchel Pion, and Derrick Carruthers; six great-grandchildren; his sisters-in-law: Shirley Pion of Newport Center, Gilberte Pion of Lowell, and Huguette Pion of Lowell; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by the following siblings: Rene, Raymond, Anselme, Roland, and Raoul Pion, Jeannette Benoit, Marie Bourdeau, and Solange McAllister.
Funeral services were held on April 22, in Derby Line. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Paul’s School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822; or to the Visiting Nurses Association, Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, 1110 Prim Road, #1, Colchester, Vermont 05446.
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Theresa Diette Taylor
Theresa Diette Taylor of West Glover will be interred at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell on Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m., with Father Timothy Naples officiating.