Obituaries October 23, 2013

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obit campbellPhyllis W. Campbell

Phyllis W. Campbell, 86, formerly of Newport, died peacefully on Monday, October 7, 2013, at her home in Solomons, Maryland.

Born Phyllis Louise Wendling, on December 11, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio, she graduated from Lakewood High School and earned a BA from the University of Michigan with a concentration in classical piano.  She married Earl, a mechanical engineer for General Electric working in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1951.

The hard working, ambitious young couple settled in North East, Pennsylvania, where they physically built their own home with great pride.  After his job moved the family to Broomall, Pennsylvania, in 1967, she earned her master’s in library science from Villanova University while raising three teenagers.  Throughout the rest of her life, she enjoyed working as a librarian and archivist in many different settings.  In recent years, she worked at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum and the University of Maryland Chesapeake Biological Laboratory.

Mrs. and Mr. Campbell retired in Newport to be near their daughter Jean’s family in 1987, after living in Burtonsville, Maryland, for seven years.  During the winters, they began spending time in Chesapeake Beach, near Carol’s family.  It was there that Mr. Campbell died in 1990.  For the next 20 years, Mrs. Campbell made annual winter visits to Maryland, joining and actively participating in the communities of both Newport and Chesapeake Beach.  While living in Newport, she sang in the St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church choir, was a member of the Four Seasons Garden Club, enjoyed Gourmet Bridge, volunteering in the school libraries that the grandchildren attended, and at the North Country Hospital library, participating in Community Circle trips, the Derby Stock Company, and the Ladies League at the Newport Country Club.  In 2010, she permanently relocated to the Asbury Community in Solomons.

While she loved her books, volunteering, gardening, and travel, her passion was music.  She spent her life playing classical piano, singing in choirs, attending concerts and shows, and performing in and supporting local theater.  Each member of her family felt surrounded by her love and support, and every community she lived in was enriched by her boundless energy, talents and passion for life.  She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her daughters:  Jean Holcomb and her husband, Dr. James Holcomb, of Newport, and Carol Donovan and her husband, Fred, of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland; and by her son Donald E. Campbell and his wife, Cynthia, of Chalfont, Pennsylvania.  She was incredibly proud of each of her eight grandchildren:  Sarah Summerton and her husband, Scott, Elizabeth Holcomb, James Holcomb and his wife, Summer, Meghan Holcomb, Rachel Holcomb, Kathryn Krische and her husband, Tom, Anne Donovan, and Ryan Earl Campbell; as well as by her great-grandsons:  Campbell and Jameson Summerton.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband Earl D. Campbell; and by her brother Robert E. Wendling and his wife, Trudy.

A memorial Mass was held in Solomons, on October 19.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678.

Michael L. Daggett

 Michael L. Daggett, 64, of Holland died on October 17, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on March 31, 1949, in Holland, a son of Bernard and Gertrude (Tice) Daggett.

He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.  He formerly worked for the City of Newport, building the sidewalks around town with his polka dotted hat.

He is survived by his son John Daggett of Newport; his companion of 19 years, Rebecca Buchholz, of Holland; and her children:  Jessica and Veronica Mott of Newport; a sister, Alyce Daggett, and her daughter, Shelbi Favreau, of Newport; numerous grandchildren, to whom he was known as Grump and Papa Daggett; and also by his close friends:  Amy, Jennifer, and Ellie.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane Suite 101, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

obit DurocherAlfred A. Durocher

Alfred A. Durocher, 50, of Coventry died on October 14, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on January 13, 1963, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, a son of Alfred and Juliette (Arel) Durocher.  On December 24, 1995, he married Pamela Beaumont, who survives him.

Mr. Durocher was a truck driver for Dan St. Onge Trucking for eight years.  He enjoyed watching sports, especially football on television, going to the barn with his brother-in-law Darryl to help with the chores, and also going with him to farm auctions, and he loved being with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Pamela Durocher of Coventry; his two children:  Pauline Beaumont and her boyfriend, Mike Hale, of Coventry, and Michael Durocher and his girlfriend, Aubrey Keith, of Derby; three grandchildren:  Dylan and Juliette Perkins of Coventry, and Dakota Durocher of Derby; a mother-in-law, Sylvia Beaumont, of Coventry; his nephew James Vigeant and his wife, Chelsie, of Northfield; two brothers-in-law:  Darryl Beaumont and his wife, April, of Coventry, and Todd Beaumont of Coventry; his sister-in-law Dolores Mckinney and her husband, Greg, of New York; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Juliette Durocher; a sister, Claudette Lauzon; a brother-in-law, Albert Lauzon; and by his father-in-law Louis Beaumont Jr.

Funeral services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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

Oda R. (Girouard) Fortin

Oda R. (Girouard) Fortin, 88, formerly of Howe Village, Massachusetts, died on September 27, 2013, at Quaboag Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center in West Brookfield, Massachusetts.

She was the wife of Leo Fortin, who died in 1984.

Born in Irasburg, she was the daughter of Ulderic and Dorilla (Herbert) Girouard.

She was a printing clerk for Aucoin Printing in Spencer, Massachusetts, for 25 years, retiring in 2008.

She was a member of the Former St. Mary’s Church where she was a member of its St. Anne’s Sodality and Women’s Guild.

She enjoyed bingo, trips to the casino, crocheting, knitting and dancing.

She leaves two sons:  Robert L. Fortin and his wife, Jeanne, of Milford, Massachusetts, and Philip G. Fortin and his wife, Annette, of West Brookfield; four daughters:  Candy O. Donohue and her husband, James, of Spencer, Yvette R. Durell and her husband, Douglas Sherwin, of Westminster, Linda S. Worthington and her partner, Mark Sablack, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and Lisa E. Lapierre and her husband, Peter, of Spencer; her sister Rose Desmarais of Orleans; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by ten brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held on September 30.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mary, Queen of the Rosary Food Pantry, 60 Maple Street, Spencer, Massachusetts, 01562.

obit lontineRoland W. “Red” Lontine

Roland W. “Red” Lontine Sr., 84, of Newport, died on October 20, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on February 6, 1929, in Newport, a son of Joseph Alexander and Florence (Marandola) Lontine.  In 1952 he married his first wife, Velma “Peggy” Levick, who predeceased him in 1974.  In 1982 he married Dorothy Herman, who predeceased him in 2012.

Mr. Lontine was a carpenter for Larry Rivard and helped build Johnson State College.  He also worked for the city of Newport’s maintenance department for 14 years until his retirement.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.  He also enjoyed mechanic work, horseshoes, and loved his family and grandkids.

He is survived by his children:  Richard Lontine of Berkshire, Paul Lontine and his fiancé, Sonya, of Lowell, Bruce Lontine and his wife, Brenda, of Barton, Robert Lontine and his wife, Sharon, of St. Albans, Lynn Lontine of Derby, Steven Lontine of Newport, and Roland W. Lontine Jr. and his fiancé, Dale Barratt, of Sheldon; by 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters:  Isabelle Holmes of North Troy, Francis Lantagne and his wife, Rita, of Newport, Melvin Lantagne and his wife, Jean, of Newport Center, Lawrence Lantagne and his friend, Alice Coderre, of Newport, Bud Lontine and his wife, Janice, of Newport, and Ann Hansen and her husband, James, of Newport; his stepchildren:  Shirley Lague and her husband, George, of Derby, Barbara Hammond and her husband, Eric, of Derby, William Emerson of Orleans, Beverly Coffey and her husband, John, of Ontario, Canada, Wayne Emerson and his wife, Lisa, of North Troy, Deborah McTheeny and her husband, Robert, of Newport, and Nancy Dewing and her husband, Brian, of Coventry; his 19 stepgrandchildren; his 27 stepgreat-grandchildren; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Lisa St. Francis, in 2000; two brothers:  Donald and David Lantagne; daughter-in-law Donna Lontine; and by a nephew, Alan Jacobs.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 24, at 11 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Friends may call on Thursday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport following the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

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