Obituaries February 7, 2018

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Eugene R. “Jack” Atwood

Eugene R. “Jack” Atwood, 85, of Craftsbury, died on January 16, 2018, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

He was born on Burton Hill in Irasburg, on December 26, 1932, the son of Roger “Red” and Nellie (Scott) Atwood. On April 2, 1955, he married Jeanette Brown and they celebrated 60 years of marriage. He began working helping his family farm on Burton Hill. He and his dad Red had a team of logging horses and logged together. He was also a log scaler. He dairy farmed at and then owned Chester Dairies in Chester. He worked for St. Johnsbury Trucking Co. in Bellow Falls. Then in 1974, Mr. Atwood bought the Kerwin Farm in Craftsbury and farmed it under Atwood’s Farm until he retired in 1999.

He was drafted into the Army 364th Infantry during the Korean War and was stationed at Fort Dix. He was honorably discharged in 1953. He is a lifetime member of The American Legion, a member of The Grange and the Horse and Buggy Club, and he belonged to the Union of Teamsters #597.

In the 1950s, Mr. Atwood was very active in the Twin State Gymkhana Association in Alstead, New Hampshire. He excelled at equestrian competitions and won many ribbons and trophies. His favorite things were going out to eat with his family and friends, taking Jeanette out dancing on a Saturday night, playing cards, watching a Red Sox or a New England Patriots game, driving a stock car (in his younger days), deer hunting, and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his daughter Vicki and her husband, Douglas; two sons: Eugene Jr., and Jeff and his wife, Diane; his grandchildren which include Shaun, Amanda, Matthew, Tanner, Cody, Ethan, Kylie and Justin; and his great-grandchildren: Kennedy Rose, Gunner, Hayleigh, Brooklynn, Silas, and Parker. He is also survived by his two sisters Jeannette Anderson and Sarah Lyon; a brother Phil Atwood and his wife, Janice; his aunt, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong family friends.

He was predeceased by his wife Jeanette; youngest son Mike; his mother Nellie; his father Roger “Red” Atwood; a brother Donald Atwood; a niece Cheryl Trumbull; and nephews Bruce Martin and Daryl Lyon.

There will be no calling hours. A private family graveside service and luncheon will be held in the spring. He will be interred at the Irasburg Cemetery.

Mr. Atwood was an amazing father, brother, friend, and person. He had a great sense of humor, loved to tell jokes, he was a wonderful storyteller and a great one for shooting the bull. He was a true one-of-a-kind Vermont farmer who had a unique and special personality and his family and everyone who knew him will greatly miss him.


Dwanetta M. Bickford


Dwanetta M. Bickford, 80, of Derby, died on January 30, 2018, in Newport, surrounded by her family.

She was born on August 9, 1937, in Newport, to Clarence and Eva (Morse) Hill. She married Ray Dean Sr., who predeceased her, and later married Herbert Bickford Sr., who also predeceased her.

Mrs. Bickford worked in food service for many years, and also worked a manufacturing job at Indian Head Plywood and Ethan Allen. Her hobbies included traveling throughout the United States and knitting. She loved to cook, enjoyed cookouts with the family and derived great pleasure in family gatherings. She also enjoyed watching wildlife, and she taught at 4-H camp and Cub Scouts as she loved working with kids. She also enjoyed concerts at Meadow Brook Farms, where she saw Pink Floyd at her first rock concert with her daughter Wanda. She was quick to help or feed anyone in need, and loved and lived life to the fullest.

She is survived by her children: Janice Lawson and her husband, Steve, Ray Dean, Eric Dean, Wanda Dean, Herbert Bickford Jr., Allan Bickford and his wife, Terry, and Shawn Bickford. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; by her sister June Stuart; and by lifelong friends: June Lussier, Janet Patten, and Nancy Vanat; and many friends she met along the path of life.

She was predeceased by her son Terry Dean; and by her siblings: Capitola Hill and her husband, Fred, Vandetta Collins and her husband, Merle, Eva Collins and her husband, Tom, Helen Rainey and her husband, Walter, Joan Hill, Edna Hill, Theresa Stuart, Oliver, Dean and Clarence “Sonny” Hill Jr. and his wife, Anita, and Dean and his wife, Bobbie Jean Hill.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Ron Holland Dialysis Unit, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Cornucopia Senior Meal Site, 125 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences can be shared at


David A. Guyette

David A. Guyette, 66, of Orleans, died February 3, 2018, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after a brief illness.

He was born November 29, 1951, in Newport, a son of Ellwood and Rose (Cote) Guyette. He attended Irasburg schools and graduated from Lake Region Union High School class of 1970. He worked for many years as a dairy farmer, and later went to work for Sumner Tire for a time before finding his calling as a cook at Lyndon State College. He took a job as a corrections officer at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport where he worked in the kitchen. It was said that inmates would look forward to working with him in the kitchen. He retired in 2010 only after losing his ability to speak.

Mr. Guyette was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton. He was very dedicated to his children and served on the Parent Teachers’ Association. He enjoyed snowmobiling and was a member of the Orleans County Snowmobile Association. In fact, he loved to be outdoors, cutting and splitting wood, working with his tractor, hunting, camping, and playing golf. He was best known for sharing his baked goods and his giving nature; he always had something baked to distribute to people he would come in contact with. He was also very dedicated to helping those with cancer and would participate in numerous walks to benefit cancer research.

Mr. Guyette is predeceased by two brothers: James Guyette and Paul Guyette.

He is survived by two daughters: Denise Guyette and her boyfriend, Derrick Queen, of Hickory, North Carolina, and Christine Guyette and her partner, Kelli Marshall, of Morrisonville, New York; his brother Ellwood “Woody” Guyette of Venice, Florida; his sister Linda Whitesides of Mount Pleasant, North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were held on February 6, at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction. There is no additional information about services at this time.

Condolences may be expressed to Mr. Guyette’s family in an online guestbook at

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495


Richard Arvid Jacobson

Richard Arvid Jacobson, known as Jake to family and friends, died on February 1, 2018, at The Arbors in Shelburne at the age of 92.

He was born on August 16, 1925, on Fishers Island in Southold, New York, at Fort H. G. Wright, he was the eldest son of Arvid Theodore Jacobson and Bernadine Williams Jacobson. His childhood was spent in Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, and Massachusetts.

A member of the greatest generation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country during World War II as a yeoman second class. Assigned to the 1045th Construction Battalion Detachment (the Seabees) he was deployed to Ajaccio, Corsica, in April of 1944, where the detachment erected fuel and water tanks, distillation systems, and pumping stations for the invasion of southern France. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, and the European, African, Middle Eastern Theater Medal with two bronze stars signifying a total of three campaigns spent in these theaters.

While serving stateside at the Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center in Rhode Island, he met Eleanor Mary Alexander of Glover, who was serving in the women’s branch of the U.S. Navy known as the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). They married on April 7,1946, shortly before their discharge from the service, then enrolled under the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, (the GI Bill) at Boston University where he earned a bachelor’s degree from the School of Business Administration. He sat for the certified public accountant exam immediately upon graduation and passed, much to the surprise of his peers and instructors as most graduates worked for a time before attempting to pass the two-day exam. Three hundred candidates took the exam, three passed, and Mr. Jacobson was one of them. He was an auditor for Coopers and Lybrand in Boston, and then worked as a staff accountant for Simplex Wire and Cable Company in Boston and Exeter, New Hampshire. In 1962 the family moved from Dover, Massachusetts, to Ithaca, New York, where he rose from comptroller to vice president and chief financial officer of New York State Electric and Gas Corporation during a 29 year career.

In 1991, the Jacobsons retired to South Burlington to be close to Mrs. Jacobson’s family which included five siblings, 27 nieces and nephews, a number of cousins, and their daughter and her family. They hosted “brother and sister” parties, attended family gatherings, and enjoyed summer vacations and holiday visits with their sons and grandchildren who would travel from Illinois and California. The local grandchildren had the support of their grandparents at swim meets and hockey games. Mr. Jacobson loved his years on the golf course at the Ithaca Country Club and Burlington Country Club. The Jacobsons visited every town in Vermont as members of the 251 Club. They belonged to the Vermont Old Cemetery Association and Mr. Jacobson located and photographed the graves of every governor of the state of Vermont.

Predeceased by his wife in 2009, Mr. Jacobson is survived by his twins, a son and daughter: Richard Jacobson Jr. of Redwood City, California, and Deborah Jacobson Burton and her husband, John Burton, of South Burlington; his son Charles Frederic Jacobson of Concord New Hampshire; and seven grandchildren: Andrew Burton of South Burlington, Annie Burton Colaluca and her husband, Matthew, of Brunswick, Maine, Jessica Jacobson and her husband, Kevin Rice, of Los Angeles California, Rachel Jacobson of Los Angeles, Luke Jacobson and his wife, Jessica Cabo Jacobson, of Batavia, Illinois, Ben Jacobson of Carol Stream, Illinois, and Erik Jacobson and his fiancée, Brittney Bergeron, of Glendale Heights, Illinois. He is also survived by the mothers of his Jacobson grandchildren: Naida Sperling of Palo Alto, California and Kim Eno of St. Charles, Illinois; and his three great-grandchildren: Jacob, Olivia, and Ethan Colaluca of Brunswick. Survivors also include his brother Daniel Jacobson of Auburn, New Hampshire; and his half-brother Nicholas Pino of Columbia, South Carolina, and their families; his sister-in-law Martha Alexander of Glover; and scores of nieces and nephews and their families in New England, Michigan, and beyond.

A family service will be held in May at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mr. Jacobson may be made to The Vermont Old Cemetery Association or The Glover Historical Society.


David Page

David Page, 62, of Island Pond, died suddenly on January 27, 2018, in Ferdinand.

He was born on October 9, 1955, in Newport, to Dorothy (White) Page and the late Kenneth Page.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1974. He was a courier for Vermont Aerospace of Lyndonville, and owner of D.K.P. Handyman based out of Island Pond. He was an Essex County VAST director and a member of the Brighton Snowmobile Club. He received several VAST service awards, including one for “Recognition of his Outstanding Service and Dedication since 1992,” the “1998 Club Trailmaster of the Year,” and the “2016 County Trail Coordinator of the Year.” Among his hobbies, he enjoyed jet skiing, helping and camping at Lakeside Campground, traveling to New York City, being with friends, and snowmobiling. Mr. Page had a big heart. When he could he attended the Church of God with his mom and he loved to sing. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.

He is survived by his mother Dorothy Page of Derby; by his uncles: Bruce Page of Southwick, Massachusetts, Charles Moulton of Charleston, and Earl and Donna White of Marion, North Carolina; by his aunts: Anne Page of Florida and Jean Dopp of Kirby; by his many cousins, including cousin Laurie Gray who in recent years was more like a sister; and by his good friends: Stevie and Casey Legge of Sutton, Maurice Barnes of Island Pond, Zachary Legge of Lyndonville, Taylor and Felicia Wilkins and their son Chase of Hartland, and by many more of his incredible friends.

He was predeceased by his father Kenneth W. Page on May 26, 2013; his cat, Bandit; and several aunts and uncles.

A memorial service was held on February 3 at the Church of God in Derby, officiated by the Reverend Laurence Wall. Spring interment will be held at the Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland. In lieu of flowers, please consider making contributions in his memory to the Brighton Snowmobile Club, P.O. Box 400, Island Pond, Vermont 05846; or the Church of God, P.O. Box 245, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be made at


Lawrence Lee Rocheleau

Lawrence Lee Rocheleau, 71, died suddenly and peacefully due to natural causes of obesity and other health issues on Jaunary 19,, 2018, at his apartment in Glover.

He was born on March 21, 1946, to David and Natalie (Elliot) Rocheleau. His parents predeceased him in 1989. He was named after his father’s brother Lawrence, who was serving in the Navy (World War II) at that time, and his grandfather Lee Elliot.

Mr. Rocheleau attended Brighton Elementary School and Morgan Elementary School, and graduated from Derby Academy in 1964.

He enjoyed going to Derby Academy class reunions over the years. He attended Vermont Technical College — then the school of agriculture — and received his associate’s degree. After college he worked for H.P. Hood in Newport for a few years, then returned to the family farm in Morgan, assisting his father for many years before taking it over.

Mr. Rocheleau enjoyed telling jokes to anyone who would take time to listen, and enjoyed eating in many places in the area. He appreciated gifts of food from family, friends, and neighbors.

In his later years, due to ill health, he lived at Union House in Glover. When his health improved he moved to Scenic View in Westfield for several years, where, walking the road to Troy, he would pick up soda cans and stop to visit along the way. While in Westfield he volunteered at the senior meals program and was recognized in 2008 as a valuable volunteer supporter by the area Lions Club and the senior meals program.

Later he moved back to Glover where he lived in a senior housing apartment. He enjoyed walking to the store and library, and visiting with friends or strangers along the way. He managed to get rides to attend senior meals in Barton and enjoyed telling jokes and eating. In 2009 he did volunteer work at the Union House Nursing Home and was presented the service award. He went on to be awarded “Northeast Kingdom Senior of the Year” in recognition of outstanding volunteer service. Then he was recognized in Montpelier in appreciation of his contributions towards “Vermont’s Healthy Aging Initiative,” presented by Governor James Douglas and Robert Hoffman, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services. Not bad for a farm boy from the Northeast Kingdom. He enjoyed his friends at the senior housing, their friendship, and food parties.

Survivors include his two sisters: Beverly Hanson of Essex Junction, and Muriel Chamberlain and her husband, Rupert, of Barton; his nephews: Tim Chamberlain and Dale Hanson and his wife, Diane, and their children: Dale, Troy, and Mariah; his niece Tammy Wiggett and her husband, Neil, and their children: Seth, Emily, and Jared; and numerous cousins both Elliott’s and Rocheleau’s and their familes.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family at the family plot at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Online condolences may be shared at


Robert A. Tice

Robert A. Tice, 95, of Derby, died on January 28, 2018, in Derby.

He was born on April 6, 1922, a son of George and Ethel (Shompany) in Derby.

He served in the United States Army during World War II. He married his beloved wife, Joan Shannon, on September 22, 1951.

Mr. Tice was a hard-working man who drove trucks for the town of Derby for many years.

He was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish, especially around deer camp in Warrens Gore, as well as having a nice garden much to the delight of family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; his daughter Sandra Granai and her former husband, Bruce; his brothers: Earl Tice and David Baraw; his brother-in-law John LaBonté; and his sister-in-law Iva Shannon.

He was predeceased by his son Robin; his brothers and sisters and their spouses: Gordon, Maurice, Herbert, Doris Swett, Beverly LaBonté, Ruby Fecteau, Ann Gilbert, and Gertrude Daggett.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held at the Derby Center Cemetery in the spring. The date and time will be announced.

Online condolences may be made at


Gabrielle Marion Turner

Gabrielle Marion Turner, 90, of Newport, died on February 3, 2018, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on July 19, 1927, in Lowell, to Elden and Agnes (Nadeau) Besaw. She married her loving husband, Ernest “Bud” Turner, on July 20, 1948.

“Gabe” spent a lot of her life cooking and baking including breads and doughnuts which led her to start as a manager at Newberry’s lunch counter. She later worked at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant on Main Street in Newport, and later cooked senior meals at the old fire station on Field Avenue in Newport.

She enjoyed gardening, knitting for her grandchildren, and traveling with her husband and trying to live up to her nickname, “roadrunner.” She also loved playing bingo.

She is survived by her children: Bernard Turner of Florida, Bruce and Katie Turner of New Hampshire, Gary and Francine Turner of New Hampshire, Anne Cota and her husband, Stanley, of Troy, and James and Denise Turner of Florida. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Turner was predeceased by her husband; by her brothers: Seldon, Maylon, Roger, Laurence, and Elbridge; and well as her sisters: Iva Labounty, Lorene Gibney, and Irene Roland.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass. Spring interment in will be in Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be shared at


James Edward Turner

James Edward Turner, 69, of Holly Springs, North Carolina, formerly of Newport, died on January 24, 2018, at his home in Holly Springs.

He was born in Newport, to the late Clesson Edwin Turner and Hazel Desjardin Turner. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Newport, and was a Vietnam War veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Turner was employed as an audiology technician with Industrial Hearing Testing, Inc., in Auburn, Massachusetts. He enjoyed spending time with family and playing cards.

He was preceded in death by his brothers: Paul, David, and Earl Turner; and sister-in-law, Mary Turner.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Connie Turner; his sons: Clesson Turner and his wife, Suzanne O’Neill, and Cal Turner and his wife, Penny Turner; his sisters: Claire Giuranna and her husband, Carl, Anne Cote and her husband, Sonny, Lois Jenks and her husband, Peter, and Linda Lawson; his three grandchildren: Kyle, Ryan, and Nora Turner; and his faithful German shepherd, Dakota.

A Mass was celebrated on January 30 at Saint Bernadette Catholic Church in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina.

Memorials may be made to the Vietnam Veteran’s of America.

Online condolences may be sent to


David “Dick” Webster

David “Dick” Webster, 91, of Tulare, California, formerly of Irasburg, died at Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia, California, on January 29, 2018.

He was born in Newport on September 16, 1926, to David H. Webster and Doris (Dickens) Webster. He is survived by two brothers: Bruce and Brian Barrabee; three children: David, Marcia (Lepp), and Steven Webster; five grandchildren: Mark, Karie (Costin), and David Lepp, Lindsey (Tarter), and Erica Webster; six great-grandchildren: Leandra and Jesslyn Lepp, and Ben, James, West, and Evelyn Costin.

Mr. Webster grew up in Irasburg on the family farm. He attended the graded school across the street and then attended Orleans High School, where he excelled in baseball and basketball.

Following graduation from high school in 1944, he served in the U.S. Navy until 1946. In 1948, he married his high school sweetheart. In 1950, he attended the University of Vermont and received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, and later attended Cornell Artificial Insemination School in 1951.

His first employment in artificial insemination was in 1951 with the Vermont-New Hampshire Breeders of Hardwick. In 1952 Mr. and Mrs. Webster packed up their car, along with three small children, and moved to Tulare, California. Since 1952 he has lived in Tulare, working with Valley Breeders service. Later he was in partnership with his brother-in-law Ike Barney, with Superior Proved Sire Service. He later changed to Genetics Inc., with Dr. Harold Schmidt, and eventually became affiliated with Carnation Genetics in 1970.

He became well known and appreciated for his many efforts to continuously improve artificial insemination services. This included organizing instructional courses, breeding evaluations, and other educational information to promote efficient services for dairymen. In 1982, the Tulare Herd Improvement Association Annual Report was dedicated to him.

Mr. Webster enjoyed playing fast pitch softball, golf, bowling, and was involved with Indian Guides, Boy Scouts, and coached minor and Little League baseball. In the summer he could be found fishing and camping, mostly at Wishon Reservoir. The Websters made several trips to Alaska and many trips cross country to their beloved Vermont.

In 2013, he was inducted into the Orleans County Hall of Fame for basketball and baseball.

Later in life he put his trust in Jesus and is now rejoicing in heaven.

Mr. Webster had a good sense of humor and was loved by family and friends alike, and will be greatly missed.

For his Vermont family and friends, there will be a memorial service in Irasburg, at a date and time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to Irasburg United Church, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

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