Obituaries August 28, 2013

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obit YoungConstance (Hathaway) Young

Constance (Hathaway) Young died on July 16, 2013, at the Manor in Morrisville.

She was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, on February 5, 1918, a daughter of the late Guilford C. and Nellie (Shirley) Hathaway.  She graduated from the B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River and from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, in the Class of 1939.

She married Francis A. Young in 1943 in Fall River.  They later moved to Bethesda, Maryland, where they lived for the next 30 years, where Mr. Young worked as executive secretary for the International Exchange of Persons, an arm of the Fulbright Program.

Mrs. and Mr. Young began the move to Craftsbury upon Mr. Young’s retirement, and they became full-time residents in 1983.  They were involved in many community activities over the years, especially with St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Hardwick.

Mrs. and Mr. Young had no children of their own, so they took on the role of favorite aunt and uncle for the many nieces and nephews.  College students found their way smoothed by checks that seemed to arrive at critical times, and visitors to Washington always received a warm welcome and, very often, a guided tour of the sights, including some of the lesser-known institutions such as the Botanical Gardens.  After they moved to Craftsbury, their beautiful house and land became a favored destination and gathering place for friends and relatives.  Mrs. Young was a dedicated gardener, and flowers always graced the house in season.

She is survived by her niece Constance Rabin, and her nephew Elton Follett, by their children and by many nieces and nephews in the Young family.

She was predeceased by Mr. Young in 1995; and also by her sisters:  Ellen H. Follett, Emily A. Macomber, and Shirley H. Pope.

A memorial service will be held at St. John the Baptist Church in Hardwick on September 9, at 11 a.m., with the Reverend Alfred Stefanik officiating, and ashes will be interred at 2 p.m. at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Young Memorial Trust, the Francis A. Young Scholarship Fund, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York, 14456; or to the memorial fund at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

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

obit wellsDean “Dino” Edward Wells

Dean “Dino” Edward Wells, 83, of Irasburg died on August 23, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on April 30, 1930, in Albany, the son of Ralph and Mattie (Demerritt) Wells.  On December 21, 1955, he married Audrey Jean Benjamin of Derby, who predeceased him.

Mr. Wells owned and operated a dairy farm in Irasburg since 1961.  He was a truck driver and logger, which was his life work for over 50 years.  When he was younger he loved riding motorcycles, and playing the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and piano.  His band played in several nightclubs in the area and produced two albums.  He loved going to the Tunbridge and Fryeburg fairs.  He was a very social person who had a great sense of humor, loved his family, and he also loved having a good time with his family and friends at his garage.  That garage in Irasburg was the site of many large corn roasts featuring live music from local artists and friends.

He is survived by his children:  Kenneth Lance Wells and his wife, Lori, of Orleans, Randall Layne Wells and his companion, Patricia Kilday, of Irasburg, Janis Leigh Patoine and her husband, Norbert, of Sutton, Holly Lynne Tremblay and her husband, Tony, of Brownington, Gayle Lynda Veilleux and her husband, Mark, of Westfield, and Dean Edward Wells II of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; his 12 grandchildren:  Brandon and Paige Wells of Orleans, Anni and Lance Wells of Irasburg, Denis Royer and Ernie and Matt Wells of Sutton, Sara Locke, Jim and Angie Davio, Chelsey and Ryan Vellieux of Westfield; his 12 great-grandchildren:  Emily, Ashton, Gavin, Leah, Audrey, Denis III, Mattie, Josie, Lily, McKenzie, Madison, and Morgan; and by his nephew Michael Wells of Albany.

He was predeceased by his brother Arland Wells; and by his nephew Gene Wells.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, at the Curtis-Britch & Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common.  Funeral services will be held at the Irasburg United Church on Thursday, August 29, at 11 a.m., with the Reverend Rick Shover officiating.  Interment will follow in the Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit SanvilleTim A. Sanville

Tim A. Sanville, 55, of East Ryegate died suddenly on August 21, 2013.

He was born on January 7, 1958, in Newport.

Mr. Sanville was a self-employed carpenter.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, and carpentry.

He is survived by his wife Tammy Cinnamond of East Ryegate; his children:  Joshua and Jeremy Sanville, both of North Troy, and Jennifer Sanville of Orleans; two stepchildren:  Adam and Ryan Hamrysky of East Ryegate; his eight grandchildren:  Cally, Caydence, Riley, and Morgan Sanville, Preston, Abigail, Makayla and Hazen Baraw; his brother John Sanville and his wife, Carol, of Coventry; his sister Bonnie Sicard of Beebe; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Adam and Dorothy (Mason) Sanville.

Funeral services were held on August 28, in Newport.  Interment will be at a later date in the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to New Digs for Dogs, 538 French Pond Road, North Haverhill, New Hampshire 03774.

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

obit PercyNancy Currier Percy

Nancy Currier Percy, 70, of Newport died on August 20, 2013.

She was born on November 21, 1942, in Newport, the daughter of Lance and Marguerite (Ellsworth) Currier.  She graduated from Newport High School in Newport.  She married Ralph Percy, who predeceased her.

She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and was a fan of Elvis Presley and Chuck Norris.

She is survived by her daughter Stacey Shinske and her husband, Laurence, of Glenville, New York; her grandchild Danny Jackson Percy of Portsmouth, Virginia; her siblings:  Janice Currier Blais of Newport, Gerald Currier of Newport, Allen Currier and his wife, Lynn, of Wilmington, North Carolina, Timothy Currier and his wife, Sandie, of Island Pond, Robert Currier and his wife, Denise, of Newport, Brian Currier and his wife, Claudine, of Holland, Michael Currier and his wife, Lisa, of Windsor, and Loren Currier of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by an infant son, Scott; and by the following siblings:  Donald, Bruce, Thomas, and infants Paul, Paula, and Pamela Currier.

Funeral services were held on August 24, in Newport.

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

obit LaCossThelma Jean LaCoss

Thelma Jean LaCoss, 87, of Brownington Center died on August 24, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on September 29, 1925, in Forest Dale, the daughter of Dewey and Agnes (Dimick) Larock.  On June 9, 1951, she married Carlton B. LaCoss, who predeceased her on June 10, 2000.

She graduated from Brandon High School in Brandon, and also from nursing school in Vermont and Brooklyn, New York.  She was a registered nurse at the New Britain Memorial Hospital and the Bristol Hospital, both in Connecticut, and more recently she worked at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.  She was also a cadet nurse in the Army during the Korean War era.

She was a member of the Brownington Ladies Group and the Brownington Center Church.  She was a past member of the Northeast Kingdom Pulling Association.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.  She was a fan of horses, ponies, ox pulling, knitting, and making mittens and hats for the local children.  She was an avid reader and sports fan of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, and the New England Patriots.

She is survived by her sons:  Douglas LaCoss of Stowe, and Tim LaCoss of Brownington; her granddaughter Tabitha LaCoss of Stowe; a brother, Maurice Larock, of Pittsford; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Arnold, Donald, and Roger Larock.

Services will be held at 1 p.m., on September 7, at the New Hope Bible Church in Brownington Center, with Pastor George Lawson officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Northeast Area Agency on Aging, 59 Waterfront Plaza, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

obit harringtonTimothy J. Harrington

Timothy J. Harrington, 57, formerly a resident of Albany, was involved in a fatal accident this week.

Mr. Harrington earned his Gold Wings in 1983, which included over 1,000 recorded free fall jumps.  He brought his family to the Northeast Kingdom in 1989 for camping adventures and to escape the busy life of Connecticut.  He decided to build here in 1995, where he enjoyed raising his family.

His passions were building rock walls around his property, paddling the river during duck hunting season, smoking a good cigar, and talking politics with the boys.

He is survived by his sons:  Ryan, a U.S. Marine, Phillip, an engineer for the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and Patrick, who will be graduating from Lake Region Union High School this year with the goal of becoming an electrical lineman.  He also leaves behind his mother Joan Harrington; and his sister Terrie Ouellette from Feeding Hills, Massachusetts.

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

Carlton Dean Bickford

Carlton Dean Bickford, 76, of Glover died on August 23, 2013, in Burlington.

He was born on March 15, 1937, in Glover, the son of George and Helen (Baker) Bickford.

In 1960, he married Mary Jane Bean, who survives him.

Mr. Bickford was an electrician.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #106 Free and Accepted Masons of Barton, and a past member of the Glover Fire Department.  He was a former director of the Barton Fair Association with his primary interest being the pulling events.  He loved to cut firewood, spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and he was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He also enjoyed his family, friends, sugaring, working in his vegetable garden, and the Vermont outdoors.  He loved the companionship of his dog, Buddy, and cat, Em.

He is survived by his wife Mary Jane Bickford of Glover; his children:  Stacey Lee Lemire and her husband, Denis, and Jeffrey Bickford and his wife, Nikki, all of Glover; his ten grandchildren; his nine great-grandchildren; his sister Pauline Laughlin of Enfield, New Hampshire; his brothers:  Stanley Bickford and his wife, Louise, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Ernie Coolbeth and his wife, Beverly, of Lyndonville; his two special brothers-in-law:  Raymond McCoy of West Burke, and Ronald McCoy of North Carolina; and by many nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Glover Community Church, care of Roland Woodard, P.O. Box 198, Glover, Vermont 05839.

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

Lorna C. Beaulieu

Lorna C. Beaulieu, 76, of Hampton, Virginia, died peacefully on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at North Hampton Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center.

She lived in Hampton for 45 years, where she enthusiastically supported her children’s sporting events, established and was president of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #5500, and she enjoyed designing beautiful flower arrangements for all kinds of celebrations.  She always participated, supported and helped with VFW activities, parades and visits to the veterans at the Hampton Veteran Hospital.  She loved her country, the flag and for what it stood for, and was proud to have served in the United States Air Force.

She was born in Newport.  In 2007, she was reunited with her uncle Ted Carpenter, Kathy, and numerous other relatives, where she and Larry Mattera celebrated with all.  She loved her family and was blessed to be joined together again with each of them.

She is survived by her son Bruce Beaulieu and his wife, Cathy; her daughter Pamela Schy and her husband, Marty; six grandchildren:  Nathan and his wife, Emily, Emily and her husband, Matt, Levi, Rocki, April and her husband, Randy, and Casie; her great-grandchildren:  Nolan Schy, Tori, Joey and Thomas Chappell, Kaitlyn Pierce, Kendra and Johnneicia Thorn; and by her beloved friend and companion of 11 years, her Chihuahua, Sandy.

She was predeceased by her husband Omer (Frenchy); her parents:  Wilfred and Alice Carr; her great-grandson Matthew Chappell; a special companion, Bob Brewer; and by her soul mate Larry Mattera.

A service was held on August 23.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Newport News SPCA and Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 6.

Death notices

Paul Arthur Curtis

Paul Arthur Curtis, 72, of Newport died peacefully on August 20, 2013, at his home.  He was the beloved husband of Joan Curtis.

A complete obituary will follow.

Arthur Palmer French

Arthur Palmer French, 84, of Westmore died on Monday, August 26, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at the Westmore Community Church on Sunday, September 1, at 1 p.m.  All welcome.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the church.

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