Obituaries December 14, 2016

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Alma C. Blay

Alma C. Blay, 92, of Newport, died on December 5, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on February 15, 1924, in Newport, to Edward and Weltha (Magoon) Davio. On October 15, 1945, she married Percy Blay, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Blay was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #21 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport. Among her hobbies she enjoyed playing bingo and cards, going for rides with Mr. Blay, shopping, and collecting steins. She also loved to cook and loved having family visits and gatherings.

She is survived by her son Stanley Blay of Newport; by her grandchildren: Christina Montminy, Britt Blay, Ginny Gray and her companion, Nate Kelley, and Renee Rivard. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Nicole, Samantha and her husband, Chris, Saber and her companion, Tony, Hayden, Drew, Dylan, Noah, and Kelby; by three great-great-grandchildren: Ava, Fallon, and Remy; and by her brothers: Ken Ormsbee and his wife, Rose, and Francis Ormsbee and his wife, Amelia; by her sisters: Janice Heath and her husband, Donald, Joan McDonald and her husband, Ken; by many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by sisters-in-law: June Wheeler and Phyllis Davio.

She was predeceased by her daughter Marilyn Nadeau on June 20, 2015.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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John “Jean” M. Campbell

John “Jean” M. Campbell, 90, a well known businessman from Newport, died on December 6, 2016, in Derby.

He was born on September 13, 1926, in Newport Center, to Ovila and Antonia (Brasseur) Campbell. Mr. Campbell entered the United States Air Force and was a veteran of World War II.

During his very active lifetime, he was first a farmer, then a cattle dealer/auctioneer and owner of Campbell’s Commissions Sales on the Airport Road in Coventry.

In his day, he was known as the best auctioneer in the Kingdom and very well liked by many. When he sold the farm, he went into logging and buying land, and from there he started and ran the very successful John Campbell Real Estate Company. He was also a director of the former Lyndonville Savings Bank for many years and made many good friends over the years. He helped many young people in their first time home ownership and he also helped many people start their first businesses.

Mr. Campbell was always his happiest when he was operating his bulldozer in the woods or working on a land subdivision. He loved that work and he knew how to do it just right.

He had a vision for land development, and many people today have a home on some lot that he made available. He came from the school of hard knocks. He knew what work was all about, and was never afraid of any challenge, and he had many.

He was a charter member of the Newport Elks Lodge #2155, a member of American Legion Post 21, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, and Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

He is survived by his children: Peter Campbell and his partner, Sheila, David Campbell and his partner, Nancy, Joan Green and her husband, Bob, Janice Urie and her husband, David, James Campbell and his wife, Kim, Karen Bacon and her husband, Bart; and by his grandchildren: Derek Green and his wife, Janelle, Kristin Theriault and her husband, Jake, Heather Urie, Ethan Bacon and his wife, Katie, Peter Urie and his wife, Tammy, Lindi Mitsou and her husband, Chris, Kara Morin and her husband, Shane, Chris Channell and his wife, Roxanne, Andrea Hawli and her husband, Rani, Debbie Collins, and Chris Sanville.

He is also survived by his great-grandchildren: Abigail and John Tyler Green, Dominic, Drew and Willa Theriault, Kain, Eric and Kaylie Bacon, Oliver Urie, Tawnee and Taylor Collins, Hunter and Meadow Sanville, and Chase Channell. He also leaves his former wife and mother of his children, Bernice Campbell; as well as Judy Boyd Branch, and Chad Boyd; his sibling Dolores Lantagne, and her husband, Clarence; and a very special niece Michelle McCall and her husband, Wally; and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as his extended family: Michelle Gosselin and her partner, Mike, Chase and Faith Gosselin, Matthew Poutre and his wife, Jenna, Jaida and Henry Poutre and Marc Poutre, and his partner Rick Besaw.

He was predeceased by his grandson Tyler Green; by his sisters: Bibiane Lamarche, Yolande Howe, Yvette LeBlanc, and Carmen Sheltra; and his brother Ange Emile Campbell

“A long life may not be good enough but a good life is long enough.” As John said: “I’ve had a pretty good run.”

Funeral services were held on December 12 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass was celebrated. Spring interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, in Newport, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences can be made at

Edward Earl Curtis

Edward Earl Curtis, 59, died on November 18, 2016, in Coxsackie, New York, after a brief illness.

He was born on April 25, 1957, in Newport, to Dallas and Betty (Percy) Curtis.

Mr. Curtis was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, fish, snowmobile, and water ski.

He is survived by his parents, Dallas and Betty Curtis, of Pinson, Alabama, and formerly of Derby; by his two sons, Dylan and Dallas Curtis; his two sisters, Patricia Curtis of Connecticut, and Nancy Long and her husband, George Andrew, of Tinson, Alabama; his niece Heather Hunt; and by his nephew Justin Corkins.

A graveside service in the Derby Center Cemetery will be announced at a later time in the spring.

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Norbert G. Lessard

Norbert  G. Lessard, 89, of Derby, died on December 9, 2016, in Newport, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on July 11, 1927, in North Troy to Henry and Anna (Fecteau) Lessard. On June 28, 1969, he married Rita (Midge) Risicato who survives him.

Mr. Lessard worked on the family farm in his younger years and farming was dear to his heart.

He moved to Massachusetts in 1961 where he worked as a material handler for 15 years at the Colonial Press, and for 15 years at Weetabix, both in Clinton, Massachusetts. He retired in 1992 and moved back to Vermont in 2004.

He attended Sacred Heart Schools and was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed camping, farming, loved cars, and going to the family farm. He loved to tease his nieces and nephews, had a great sense of humor, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Rita (Midge) Lessard, of Derby, by sisters: Sister Henrietta Lessard, Jeannine Lessard, and Eleanor Test; and by his nieces and nephews: Irene Levangie, Denise and Tom Johnson, Thomas Lessard, Donald Lessard, Pat and Scott Laber, Susan Keysar, Tom and Mary Tetreault, Margaret and Mike Derick, Richard and Sue Tetreault, Kim Harrison Blackwell, Roger Lessard, Evelyn Lessard, David, Jim and Janet Lessard, Bobby and Dee Lessard, Eddie and Barbara Lessard, and Greg and Robin Lessard.

He was predeceased by the following sisters: Laurence Lessard, Sister Rita Lessard, and Georgette Tetreault; by brothers: Paul, Dominic, John, Jules, and Philip Lessard; by nieces and nephews: Theresa Harrison, Ronnie Lessard, Scottie Keysar, and Michael Harrison.

Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport, followed by funeral services at St. Edward’s Catholic Church at 11 a.m., where a Mass will be celebrated. Spring interment will be in St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mater Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.  Online condolences can be made at

Catherine E. Perkins

Catherine E. Perkins, 85, of Westmore, died peacefully on December 8, 2016.

She was born on April 3, 1931, in Derby to Earl and Evelyn (Wing) Bowen. On April 29, 1948, she married Harvey Perkins, who predeceased her on May 11, 1997.

Mrs. Perkins was a school bus driver for Lake Region Union High School where she retired after 20 years of service. Her hobbies included sewing, crocheting, and she loved to cook, especially doughnuts which were greatly appreciated by the group going to hunting camp and other family members year-round. She worked with her late husband, Harvey, on their farm haying and running machines. She was a caregiver and was always willing to lend a helping hand to others.

She is survived by her children: Terry Perkins and his wife, Jeannette, of Coventry, Ronald Perkins and his wife, Valerie, of Westmore, Oscar Perkins and his wife, Cheryl, of East Burke, and Debbie Burkewitz and her husband, Tim, of Irasburg; by ten grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters: Wayne Bowen and his wife, Janice, of West Charleston, Melvin Bowen and his wife, Jackie, of West Charleston, Joyce Moulton of Derby, Lorraine Pepin of California; and by her sister-in-law Evelyn Bowen. She was predeceased by her daughter Diane, and by her brother Edward Bowen.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

Online condolences can be made at

Bradley R. Peters Sr.

Bradley R. Peters Sr., 80, of Coventry, died on December 8, 2016, at his home.

He was born on August 7, 1936, in Albany, to Roy and Betty (Shatney) Peters.

Mr. Peters worked for Ethan Allen Manufacturing for 28 years. He enjoyed fishing, watching wrestling, and riding around listening to country music. He loved Pontiac cars.

He is survived by his children: Betty Peters of Lenoxville, Quebec, Marjorie McClanahan and her husband, Larry, of San Jose, California, Mary Payne and her husband, Matt, of Newport, and Bradley Peters Jr. of Coventry; by his grandchildren: David McGovern, Robert McGovern, Alex McGovern, Elisabeth McGovern, Star O’Keefe, and Toma O’Keefe. He is also survived by his siblings: Alice Coderre of Lunenburg, Geraldine Fuller and her companion, Dennis Fields, of Sanbornton, New Hampshire, Gloria Reams and her husband, Clark, of Palm Springs, California, Kathy Pierce and her husband, Tim, of Hillsboro, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his dad, Roy Peters; and his mom, Betty Blanchard; by brother Vernon Peters; and his sister Shirley Peters.

Funeral services were held on December 14 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, with the Reverend Paul Prince officiating. Spring interment will be in Albany Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences can be made at


Bryan James Ryea

Bryan James Ryea, 51, of North Troy, died on December 10, 2016, at his home.

He was born on February 13, 1965, in St. Albans, to Gloria Ann (Shover) Ryea and the late Ira Odson Ryea Jr.

He graduated from Tynsborough High School and received a welding degree from Lowell Technical Trade School, in Lowell, Massachusetts.

He was a self-employed painter in the area.

He enjoyed fishing, shopping trips, loved the out of doors, cooking for the family, and family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Ryea, of Massachusetts; by his children: Katie Ryea of Lowell, Brianna Ryea of Lowell, and Gerard Ryea of North Troy; by his mother Gloria Gagnon and her husband, Gerard, of Dracut, Massachusetts; by his brothers: Roger Ryea of Richford, and Edward Ryea and his wife, Sandra, of Methuen, Massachusetts; by his nephews: Joshua, Brandon, twins Michael and Matthew, and Carson Ryea; and by his niece Shantelle Ryea; by his companion, Melissa Randall, and her children: Douglas Small Jr. and Mia Small, all of North Troy. He was predeceased by his nephew Jeremy.

A graveside service will be held at the South Richford Cemetery in the spring.

Online condolences can be made at


Dennis M. Willis

Dennis M. Willis, 69, of Troy, died at his home on December 9, 2016.

He was born on June 27, 1947. He was the son of the late Malcolm (Pete) and Lillian (Allen) Willis.

Mr. Willis attended school in Troy and North Troy, then he went to work in New York State for his uncle Glen Ellsworth, where he met his wife of 47 years, Linda. Shortly after that, Mr. and Mrs. Willis made their permanent home in Troy. Over the years he worked as a truck driver, farmer, and retired from Columbia Forest Products.

Mr. Willis had many hobbies, but he especially loved going to Jim Crawford’s hunting camp in Westfield, attending Allen family reunions, and RV camping with Mrs. Willis. They camped seasonally at both Char-Bo and Millbrook campgrounds where they made so many special friends. No one ever left their campsite without some teasing, a funny story, a meal, or a beverage. Mr. Willis loved people and loved to live life to the fullest.

He is survived by his wife, Linda (Collins) Willis; his son Richard Willis and his partner, Terry Davis; and daughter-in-law, Marley Willis. He is also survived by his four granddaughters: Ashley, Heather, Brittney, and Caitlyn; and great-grandchildren: Noah, Gabriel, Trenton, Tara, Tory, and Traven; by his brothers Gary Willis and his wife, Fay, Keith Willis and his wife, Jackie, Jim Willis and his wife, Janet; and brothers-in-law Richard Collins and his wife, Donna, and Jeff Miller; and sister-in-law Carol Crandall and her husband, Mark. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his son David Willis; grandson Trevor; and sister-in-law Deborah Collins.

A celebration of life for Mr. Willis will be held on Sunday, December 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Westfield Community Center, 110 North Hill Road, Westfield, with a Masonic service at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to make a donation to the charity of their choice in Mr. Willis’ honor.

Online condolences can be made at

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