Obituaries August 22, 2012

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Ronald Edmund Draper

Ronald Edmund Draper, 68, of West Charleston died on August 13, 2012, in Newport.

He was born February 27, 1944, in Fletcher, a son of Frederick and Viola (Mitchell) Draper.  On September 5, 1981, he married Dianne Fassett, who survives him.

Mr. Draper was employed on the family farm in Fairfield and on other local area farms.  He enjoyed hunting and working on the farm day and night.

He is survived by his wife, Dianne Draper, of West Charleston; by his children:  Nichole Provencher and her husband, Shane, of Troy, Samantha Corrow of West Charleston, Crystal Howard and her partner, Keith Langmaid, of East Charleston, Clayton Corrow and his wife, Julie, of Eden, Wayne Corrow and his wife, Lisa, of Newport, Laurie Carlson of Maine, Wendy Kittell of St. Albans, Cindy Sanville of Westfield, Ronetta Bushey of Berkshire, and Brian Draper of Franklin; by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; by his brother Gray Draper and his wife, Veronica, of Enosburg; by his sister Carol Graves of California; and by his ex-wife Emma Chaplin of Highgate.

There will be no calling hours.  In accordance with his wishes, there was a small service at his home in West Charleston on August 19.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Margery M. Moore

Margery M. Moore, 92, of Brownington died on Friday, August 17, 2012, peacefully at her home.

She was born on November 24, 1919, in Brownington, a daughter of Charles and Grace (Govero) Moore.  She married Maurice Powers, who predeceased her.

She was employed by Northeast Kingdom Community Action, where she was a counselor and advocate for the poor.  She also worked for Northeastern Vermont Development Association and helped found the Orleans County Council of Social Agencies, and represented Vermont at several national meetings that were held around the country.  She was well known at the Vermont Legislature.

She was a Rosie the Riveter during World War II and became a floor supervisor.  She was born and died on her family farm where she loved all of her animals.  She also lived and worked in many different states around the country.

She is survived by her children:  Michael Moore and his wife, Lesley, of Brownington, John Moore and his wife, Connie, of Brownington, and Stephen Powers and his wife, Geana, of Douglas, Wyoming; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and by her sister Rose Gilman of Lyndon Corner.  She was predeceased by two sons:  James in 1976 and David in 2001; her granddaughter Serena Powers in 2000; and by her sister Mary.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 27, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 37 Concord Avenue in Newport, with Pastor Darrel Muehlhauser officiating.  Interment will follow in Brownington Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 37 Concord Avenue, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Ernest A. Pike

Ernest A. “Buster” Pike, 92, died on Saturday, August 18, 2012.

He was a World War II veteran, a farmer, the Craftsbury postmaster, and beloved husband, father, and grandfather.

He was born at home in Craftsbury to Kate (King) Pike and Allen E. Pike on January 26, 1920.  His first years were spent on a small family farm.  His parents then moved to Craftsbury Common to run a hotel and livery stable.  When the hotel failed during the Depression, his father worked in away hotels.

When he finished high school at Craftsbury Academy, lacking resources to go on to college, he went to Eastport, Maine, under the aegis of the National Youth Association.  The U.S. government was trying to harness the tides for electricity in Fundy Bay.  Mr. Pike trained there as an electrician.

After the year of training, he got a job at the Glen L. Martin aircraft factory in Baltimore, Maryland, installing, as he put it in a memoir written years later, “everything electrical on the B-26 bombers:  instrument panels, radios, bomb switches, pilots’ dashboards, intercoms.  Hundreds of planes.  And some of them twice when they came back to the factory shot up.”

He wanted to enlist when the war came, but no one would let him because of his vital work.  He finally resigned his job and went home, where he was quickly drafted.  After training as a machine gun specialist, he was thrown into battle as a replacement during the drive toward the bridgehead at Remagen.  He was severely wounded in the fierce fighting in the village of Kesternich, where he was the only survivor of his squad.

After months of recovery, he moved back to Vermont, where he met and married Genevieve McKnight.  They ran a farm for as long as he could with the effects of his wounds, and had four daughters:  Alison, Meredith, Lesley, and Averill.  In the late fifties he became postmaster in Craftsbury Village, where he worked and lived for 30 years, and where his and wife’s son, Jeremy, was born.

After their retirements, Mr. and Mrs. Pike moved to Barton to be closer to children and grandchildren, and then great-grandchildren.

Mr. Pike’s older brother, Henry, and younger brother, Jimmy, both also served and survived World War II, but predeceased him.  Mrs. Pike grieves for her partner of 65 years, as do their children, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, descendants, relations, and friends, but Buster will live long in their collective memory of him.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 25, at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Cemetery, on Tanguay Lane in Barton, with Father Timothy Naples officiating.  There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Our Lady of Fatima, care of Mary Queen of All Saints Parish, P.O. Box 496, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

Jean-Paul Pouliot

Jean-Paul Pouliot, 78, of Montreal, Quebec, died on Monday, August 13, 2012, in Montreal.

He was born on July 2, 1934, in Stanstead, Quebec, a son of Aime and Alice (Roy) Pouliot.  In 1958, he married Simone Blouin who survives him.

Mr. Pouliot graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Newport and Johnson State College in Johnson.  He taught school in Underhill and then went on to become a college professor in Montreal.

He is survived by a son, Roch (Sylvie) Pouliot; a granddaughter, Meghan; and a daughter, Renee, all of Montreal; his brothers:  Normand Pouliot and his wife, Claudette, of South Barre, and Eugene Pouliot of St. Petersburg, Florida; three sisters:  Carmen Bernier of Ontario and Florida, Denise Benoit-Cartner of Derby, and Therese Grenier of Derby; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Aime and Alice Pouliot; and by three brothers:  Francois in 2008, Gilles in 2009, and Michel this past April of 2012.

Services will be held in Montreal.

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