Obituaries July 16, 2014

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obit HuntIsaac Jacob Hunt

Isaac Jacob Hunt, 35, of Derby died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 5, 2014.

He was born in Newport on April 24, 1979, and he grew up in Island Pond. He attended North Country Union High School.

He was a carpenter by trade for 17 years.

He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed stock car racing, watching the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, and watching the New York Giants. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his children.

He is survived by his two children: Nicholas and Logan Hunt; the boys’ mother, Barbie Corey; his mother, Linda (Hunt) Davis; his father, Eugene Hunt; his stepmother, Sherry Hunt; his two siblings: David Hunt and his fiancée, Rebecca Brown, and Mary Hunt and her significant other, Ernest Hinton; his two half-siblings: Robert Knox and Megan Knox and her significant other, Levi Audet; and by many extended family members.

Services were held on July 13.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Isaac Hunt Memorial Fund at Passumpsic Savings Bank, to support Mr. Hunt’s childrens’ education.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

obit LordThomas W. Lord

Thomas W. Lord, 75, of Barton died on July 7, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 23, 1939, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to George and Mary (Thompson) Lord.

On October 14, 1985, he married the former Linda James, who survives him.

He entered the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Dalghren 12.

He was employed by Grossman’s Lumber Sales, where he retired after 30 years of service.

He enjoyed fishing, playing cards at the Barton Senior Center, and he was an avid golfer. He held membership with the Barton American Legion Post #76.

Mr. Lord loved all sports, especially the Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He also enjoyed going to the casinos up and down the east coast. He and his wife enjoyed playing golf and bowling over the years. He loved family visits and he loved to watch NASCAR; his favorite driver was Tony Stewart. He enjoyed the companionship of his different cats over the years.

He is survived by his loving wife Linda Lord of Barton; his children: Jay Touzin and his wife, Jessica Simoneau, Kerry Touzin, Leo Touzin, and Steve Touzin; his grandchildren: Dylan, Shyanna, Trey, Riley and Ethan; his sister Janet Blizzard; his sisters-in-law: Karen Lavsier, Barbara Hague, and Bernie Bourgue; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister, Sandy Lord.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton. Full military honors will be held.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Barton Senior Center, 17 Village Square, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at

obit SogoloffLeonard M. Sogoloff

Leonard M. Sogoloff, the owner and founder of “Lennie’s on the Turnpike,” the iconic North Shore, Massachusetts, jazz club that introduced Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, and an aspiring young comic named Jay Leno to local audiences, died on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Devereux House in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He was 90.

He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara Ann (Raby) Sogoloff, with whom he shared 37 years of marriage.

Born in Peabody, Massachusetts, he was son of the late Samuel and Sonia (Sandler) Sogoloff, immigrants from Russia. He attended Peabody schools and was a graduate of Peabody High School Class of 1941. He briefly studied art at Boston University, before enlisting in the Army. He proudly served his country during World War II, attaining the rank of private first class. He was honorably discharged on April 1, 1946.

He returned home to Peabody, and became a record salesman for Columbia Records. In 1951, he joined a friend, to open The Turnpike Club, a roadside bar on Route 1 North in West Peabody, Massachusetts. From a young age, he had a passion for jazz. He stocked the jukebox with the hottest artists of the era.

Two years later, he bought out his partner, renamed the venue “Lennie’s on the Turnpike, A Jazz Listening Room,” and introduced live music. Over the years, he brought the bespoke greatest names in jazz to the North Shore. The club became a destination, drawing audiences from throughout greater Boston, Massachusetts. The club operated until its closing in September of 1972.

Later, Mr. Sogoloff branched out by booking acts of other musical genres, such as America, Linda Rondstadt, and Bette Midler assisted by a piano player named Barry Manilow, as well as comedians such as Rodney Dangerfield and Flip Wilson.

In 1972, he hired Jay Leno, who lived in Andover, Massachusetts, to be his house comedian. It was the start of a long friendship. In 2009, as he prepared to step down as host of The Tonight Show, Mr. Leno performed at the Salem State University Speaker Series, at a benefit to raise money for a scholarship in memory of Barbara Ann Sogoloff. The event raised $100,000 for a scholarship, which now funds endowments in each of their names.

Mr. Sogoloff had previously donated his photographs and memorabilia from the club to be archived by Salem State University. He later received an honorary doctoral degree from Salem State University for enriching the cultural life of the North Shore.

After his club closed, Mr. Sogoloff worked as the manager of Empire Clothing Co. store in downtown Salem, Massachusetts, for over 20 years.

His passion for jazz never waned. In recent years, as a resident of the Devereux House nursing home, he delighted in booking local musicians to perform for residents.

He enjoyed playing golf and was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. Above all, he was the consummate family man. He took pride in the accomplishments of his children and enjoyed attending the sports games and activities of his five grandchildren.

He leaves three children: Leanne Desjardins and her husband, Michael, of Newport Center, Karen Gilman of Boston, and Adam Sogoloff and his wife, Janet, of Marblehead. He was the cherished grandfather to Nicole, Mathew, Jake, Bel and Maeve. He also leaves his brother Hyman Sogoloff of Peabody, and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by the following siblings: Morris Sogoloff, Rose Sogoloff, Minnie Segel, and Bertha Gross.

Memorial services were held in Salem on July 15. Burial was private.

Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be sent to the Salem State University Foundation Lennie Sogoloff Scholarship, 352 Lafayette Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970.

Online condolences may be offered at

obit WillardEverett Anson Willard

Everett Anson Willard, 94, of Orleans died on July 7, 2014, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

He was born on November 2, 1919, in Derby, to W. A. Willard and Lillian (Swanson) Willard.

He graduated from Derby Academy in 1937. He then partnered with his father and brother Ernest in Derby in their Green Mountain potato, dairy, and maple enterprise.

On September 4, 1949, he married Dorothy Domina of Orleans, who survives him. In 1953, they purchased a 300-acre dairy farm in Derby, where Mr. Willard served for many years as a selectman. Additionally, he was a director of the Co-operative Insurance Companies in Middlebury from 1963 to 2006.

He was a member of the agricultural fraternity, the Grange, for nearly 80 years. He served as master of the Vermont State Grange from 1962 to 1966. He and his wife co-directed the 7th Degree of the National Grange for nine years. At the time of his death, he was an officer of Navy Grange and Kingdom Pomona Grange.

He and his family moved to Montpelier in 1968, where he was employed for 25 years by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture in several positions, including director of markets. He managed the Vermont Farm Show in Barre and the Vermont building at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. He was a Vermont Trustee Emeritus of “The Big E” at the time of his death. Throughout his career, a main focus was maintaining the Vermont name as a symbol of excellence; for this dedication, he was commonly referred to as “Mr. Maple.”

Recognitions accorded to Mr. Willard include: “Friend of Agriculture” from the New England Association of Agricultural Extension Agents, in 1985; the George D. Aiken Agriculturalist of the Year, in 1986; the Vermont Farm Bureau Wallace Award, jointly with his wife, in 1993; induction into the American Maple Museum Hall of Fame in Crogan, New York, in 1996; and being honored as one of the eight inaugural members of the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame, in 2003.

Mr. Willard embraced community service and public speaking. Throughout his life, he served his churches as a council member, auditor, lay speaker, and as the locally renowned master chef at the annual sugar-on-snow party.

Mr. Willard was known for his beautiful gardens, which brought pleasure to passersby. He was sociable, enjoying visits with friends and dancing. He was also known for his vast repertoire of stories about local events and people and his continued interest in the ever-changing dairy and maple industries.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy; four children: Dr. Alan Lothrop Willard of Kensington, Maryland, Larry Dean Willard and his wife, Terri, of White House, Tennessee, Ann Willard Sullivan and her husband, Philip, of London, England, and Dr. Sally Willard Burbank and her husband, Nathan, of Nashville, Tennessee; and by six grandchildren: Derek Kevin Willard, Seth Everett Willard, Matthew Willard Sullivan, Erik Weireter Sullivan, Steven Nathan Burbank, and Eliza Lillian Burbank. He had one surviving sister, Carolyn Willard MacLeay, of Sylmar, California.

He was predeceased by his siblings: May Willard, Charles Willard, Eleanor Durfee, Ernest Willard, and Frances Thompson.

Funeral services were held on July 11, in Orleans. Interment followed at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Jones Memorial Library, P.O. Box 3, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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


Leroy N. Hastings

A committal service for Leroy N. Hastings will be held at the Brownington Village Cemetery on Saturday July 19, at 11 a.m.

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