Obituaries October 10, 2012

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George D. Fredericks
George D. Fredericks

 George D. Fredricks

 George D. Fredricks, 65, of Albany died on October 3, 2012, at Fletcher Allen Health Care after a long illness.

Mr. Fredricks spent his latest and happiest years in Albany with Paul and Rita Martin.  He and his best friend, Peggy Thompson, shared many precious moments.  Their favorite activities were fishing local swimming holes, bowling, playing pool, four-wheeling, target shooting, and sightseeing.

Mr. Fredricks enjoyed spending time with the Martin family and grandkids, his many friends, his girlfriend, Elaine, and visiting with the locals at the Albany General Store.  He was a professional photographer and farmhand.

He is survived by his many brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and his girlfriend, Elaine.

A celebration of life with a potluck meal will be held at Albany Community School at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 13.  A graveside service will be held in Wallingford.

In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted by the Albany Community School.  Mr. Fredricks loved children.  Donations can be sent to:  Albany Community School, Attention: Mary Cubit, 351 Main Street, Albany, Vermont 05820.

James Maurice Hill

 James Maurice Hill

James Maurice Hill, 73, of West Charleston died on September 30, 2012, in Orleans.

He was born May 7, 1939, in Montpelier, a son of Maurice and Helen (Kynoch) Hill.  He received an associate’s degree in pathology from Goddard College in Plainfield.  He was a lab tech at North Country Hospital in Newport for 18 years, and he was also a self-employed insurance examiner.  He was president of the Orleans Country Club for 12 years and a lister for the town of Charleston for ten years.  Golfing was the love of his life.

He is survived by his life partner of 23 years, Cheryl Demers, of West Charleston; by his children:  Thane Hill and his wife, Rhonda, of Virginia, Collin Hill and his wife, Julie, of Virginia, Jamie Hill and his wife, Debbie, of Virginia, and by Tami Hill and her husband, Jay, of Charlestown, New Hampshire; by several grandchildren; by his stepchildren:  Laurel Demers of California and Mandilyn Coderre of Newport, and their children; by his brother Phil Hill and his wife, Donna, of Maryland; by his sister Maureen Hill of Minnesota; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on October 5 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans Country Club, c/o Peter Lanoue, Water Street, Orleans, Vermont  05860.

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

James P. Madden

 James P. Madden

 James P. Madden, 69, died peacefully at his home in Derby with his family by his side on Thursday, October 4, 2012.

He was born on May 26, 1943, in St. Albans, a son of James R. and Isabel (Fuller) Madden.  After his father was killed in World War II, while Mr. Madden was a young child, his mother remarried and he was raised by his mother and stepfather, Donald Bovat.

Mr. Madden graduated from Hartford High School Class of 1961 and attended Boston University for a time before entering the U.S. Navy.  He served in the Navy from 1965 until 1969, being discharged into the Navy Reserves as a cryptologic technician 3rd Class.  After his service in the Navy, he returned to Boston University where he received a bachelor’s degree in management in 1972.

He lived for many years in Hanover, Massachusetts, where he raised his family and worked as manager at Bandag and later Oxford Tire.  Before retiring, he worked briefly at Columbia Motors as a delivery driver.  In 2005 he moved to Derby with his companion, Cindy Lewis.

Mr. Madden will be remembered for his sense of humor and love of a good joke.  He was an avid New England Patriots fan and also enjoyed fishing, golf and, most of all, time with family, especially cookouts.  He was a member of the American Legion for the past 33 years and a past member of the Derby Lions Club.

He leaves his son Jim Madden and his companion, Jennifer Roy, both of Boston; his daughter Jenn Madden of Weymouth, Massachusetts; his companion, Cindy Lewis, and her children Trevor Lewis and Erika Lewis, all of Derby; as well as a large extended family, many friends, and his pals Matches and Tibbles.

Visiting hours will be held at the Knight Funeral Home at 903 Hartford Avenue in White River Junction from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 20.  A memorial service will follow at the funeral home at 2 p.m. with burial and military honors in the Hartford Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed to Jim’s family in an online guest book at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Patient Services at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont 05009.

Jeannine Pare

 Jeannine M. Pare

Jeannine M. Pare, 80, of Derby Line died on October 7, 2012, in Newport.

She was born on April 29, 1932, in Stanstead, Quebec, a daughter of Joseph and Yvonne (Bisson) Veilleux.  Mrs. Pare married Leo Paul Pare, who survives her.

She was a devoted Christian and a lady who loved her family and their visits and gatherings.  She is survived by her husband, Leo Paul Pare of Derby Line; her six children:  JoAnne Ellam and her husband, Craig, of Derby Line, Michael Pare and his wife, Tina, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ronald Pare and his wife, Karen, of Helena, Montana, Robert Pare and his wife, Sharon, of Newport, Paul Pare and his wife, Kim, of Keene, New Hampshire, and Carole Rosario and her husband, Tony, of Hillsboro, New Hampshire; by ten grandchildren:  Jeffrey Ellam, Michael Pare Jr. and his wife, Lila, DeAnna Chavez and her husband, Steve, Brian Pare and his wife, Tiffany, Ashley Rice and her husband, Steve, Erik Pare, Meghan and Kristen Pare, Morgan and Nicholas Pare; by four great-grandchildren:  KeAhna and Keara Chavez, and Makaela and Zaidyn Pare; and by Rita and Gaston Lefebvre.

She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Jennifer Ellam, a brother, Marcel Veilleux, and by Laurette and her husband, Maurice Fortin.

Friends may call on Thursday, October 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward’s Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Edward’s Ladies Alter Society, 191 Claremont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Philip D. Place

 Philip D. Place, 82, of Derby Line died peacefully on Saturday, October 6, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on June 4, 1930, in Laurens, New York, a son of Whitfield and Carrie (Snyder) Place.  On November 9, 1952, he married Patricia Gueth, who predeceased him on September 2, 2012.

Mr. Place served in the U.S. Army and was a Korean War veteran and was also a career veteran.  After retiring from the Army, he received an associate’s degree in arts and vocational education and later became an electronics teacher at North Country Union High School.  He enjoyed woodworking.  He was also a volunteer for the Derby Line Ambulance Service.

He is survived by the following children:  Theresa Stokes and her husband, Nicholas, of Yorktown, Virginia, Elizabeth Place and her partner, Anthony Eastwood, of West Chesterfield, New Hampshire, Michael Place of Newport, Patricia S. Place of Newport, Margaret M. Place and her partner, Clifford Gaudette, of Pownal, and Mary Becker and her husband, Paul, of Bennington; by nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, Peter Place, and by a brother, Walter Place.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 11, at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line where a Christian burial will be celebrated.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

Willie Ryan

 William C. (Willie) Ryan

William C. (Willie) Ryan, 63, lifelong resident of Craftsbury Common and beloved husband of Carolyn, died peacefully on Friday, October 5, 2012, at the Fletcher-Allen Medical Center in Burlington with his wife and daughters at his side.

He was born on February 17, 1949, in Hardwick, a son of the late James and Alice (Cole) Ryan.  He graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1968 and received an agriculture degree from Vermont Technical College in Randolph in 1970.  On July 31, 1971, he married Carolyn Harvey, who survives him.

Mr. Ryan farmed all his life and co-operated the Ryan Brothers Farm in Craftsbury.  He was president and a board member of the Orleans County Farm Bureau, an honorary member of the National Honor Society at Craftsbury Academy, and was town lister for over 30 years.  He served on the Future Farmers of America Foundation Board, the Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District, and was the Craftsbury Planning Commission chairman.  He also coached girls basketball at all levels and was the assistant boys basketball coach at Craftsbury Academy.

He loved to watch NASCAR (his favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt Sr.), and he enjoyed attending Thunder Road in Barre.  Mr. Ryan had a strong love of basketball and could be found at any gym across the state of Vermont supporting local athletes.  He enjoyed listening to country music, especially Willie Nelson, and he was a New York Yankees fan.  He loved to read, and he enjoyed spending time with his family and close friends at camp on Greenwood Lake.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Carolyn Ryan, of Craftsbury Common; his daughters:  Alison Blaney and her husband, Thomas, of Craftsbury and Jenapher Hipkiss and her husband, Seneca, of Exeter, New Hampshire; by his grandchildren Mackenzie and Ryan Blaney; and by the following brothers and sisters:  Ann Gilcris and her husband, Larry, of Natural Bridge, New York, Jeanne Locke and her husband, Paul, of Springfield, Mervin Ryan and his wife, Lois, of Craftsbury, Kathleen Ryan of Norwich, Laureen Ryan of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Paul Ryan of Craftsbury, and Anita Caraballo and her husband, Pedro, of North Kingstown; by his stepfather, William Heinchon, of Barton; and by numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews, cousins and many friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, James and Alice (Cole) Ryan, and by his sister Nancy Martell and her husband, Al.

Funeral services were held at the Craftsbury United Church in the fellowship hall in Craftsbury Common on October 9 with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Orleans County Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund, care of Marjorie Urie, 2420 Shadow Lake Road, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827, or to the Craftsbury Academy Athletic Fund, for team seating in memory of Willie Ryan, care of Craftsbury Schools, Attention Jane Linck, P.O. Box 73, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

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

Bill Sackett

 William (Bill) Sackett

 Bill Sackett died suddenly of natural causes on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at his home in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Originally from Island Pond, Mr. Sackett attended Lyndon State College before heading to Panama for military service in 1968.  He graduated from Castleton State College in the early 1970s and continued his life in Canada as a successful journalist and senior editor for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  He then ran his own successful business as a media consultant in Ottawa.

He is survived by his brother Donald Sackett of Island Pond; his children Sydney Sackett-Williams of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sandra Inutiq of Iqaluit, Canada, and Lawrence Inutiq-Sackett of Ottawa; his grandchildren Micah, Wee Walter, and Grace; his nieces Sonya and Jessi; his nephews Luke and Craig; his sister-in-law Allison Sackett; and his sons-in-law Jeffrey Williams and Walter Oliver.

Services will be held on Thursday, October 11, at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond with graveside services to follow.  Visiting hours will be announced during the service.







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