Obituaries October 31, 2012

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Orloff “Sonny” Watson

Orloff “Sonny” Watson

 Orloff “Sonny” Watson, 76, of Derby Line died peacefully on October 20, 2012, in Derby.

He was born in Newport, a son of Mildred Daniels Watson and Orloff “Red” Watson Sr. on August 16, 1936.

Mr. Watson worked at various places, including Space Research, Indian Head, and, in his later years, Rural Community Transportation.  He was an active member of the North Troy Volunteer Fire Department for a number of years and was always willing to help out a friend and neighbor in need.  Being a native of the area, Mr. Watson was known and loved by many, and some of his most enjoyable times were spent hunting, fishing, and going to the races in Groveton, New Hampshire, with family and friends.

Mr. Watson is preceded in death by both of his parents, Mildred and Orloff Watson Sr.; his son Steven Watson; his brothers Albert and Eddie Watson; and his sisters Melda Watson, Betty Elliot, Margaret Shattuck, and Helena Domina.

He is survived by his daughter Tammy Watson Wiesen and her husband, Bard, of Derby; his sisters Henrietta Crowell of Newport, Shirley Elliot of Holyoke, Massachusetts, and Marion Watson of Newport; his sister-in-law Joanne Watson of Island Pond; his grandsons Scott Wiesen and Tyler Wiesen; and by numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.

There was a graveside service at St. Mary’s Cemetery on October 27 at 11 a.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Northeast Kingdom Home Care, The Meeting Place, P.O. Box 250, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Steve A. Fournier

 Steve A. Fournier, born October 28, 1965, in Newport, died suddenly at the age of 43 on August 21, 2009.

Mr. Fournier spent his childhood in Derby, attended Derby Elementary School, and graduated from North Country High School in Newport.

He was proud to serve and train in the U.S. Air Force from 1984 to 1988 with honors.  In 2005 he attended Oklahoma State Horseshoeing School and graduated with honors as a farrier.

His spirit lives on and will surely be missed with fond memories.

(Editor’s note:  Mr. Fournier’s mother submitted this obituary.  The date of death is correct.)

Terry E. Hill

Terry E. Hill

Terry E. Hill, 66, of Fairfax died at his home on October 27, 2012, surrounded by his family and closest friends, following a year-long battle with cancer.

He was born Terrill Earl Hill in Barton on March 30, 1946, a son of Earl and Lucille Hill.

Mr. Hill was raised in Greensboro and spent his early years driving truck and working in the construction industry.  He was blessed with an outstanding mechanical aptitude, and for years he owned and operated Hill Service Center in Milton.  He also worked several years in the boat and snowmobile program with the Vermont Department of Public Safety.

In the early 1990s, he formally founded Terry Hill, Inc., which grew to be a nationally known and respected trucking and transportation company.  He dedicated his life to making it a successful business.  From its base at the Catamount Industrial Park in Milton, Terry Hill, Inc., hauled Vermont-based freight to points throughout the United States and Canada and from anywhere in the country back to Vermont.  At the company’s peak, Mr. Hill employed as many as 75 drivers and staff and owned and maintained a large fleet of tractor-trailers and dump trucks.

Terry Hill, Inc., was the culmination of business success in Mr. Hill’s life.  He devoted countless hours to guiding it to a company to be proud of.  Employees, associates and customers regarded him as a good friend, a true gentleman, and a man of his word.  He enjoyed the respect and friendship of his peers in the industry.

In 2009 Mr. Hill finally sold the company and retired to Craftsbury.  There he found the time to relax and develop a passion for snowmobiling.  He and his brother Lanny traveled extensively and often throughout the trails of the Northeast Kingdom.  Mr. Hill cherished those times.

When he was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year he and his wife, Holly, returned to Fairfax.

Those who knew Mr. Hill will miss the kind and friendly gentleman who was devoted to his family, his extended family and his former employees.  His kindness and consideration can be measured by the countless acts of help and support he provided to everyone.  He will be remembered as a compassionate and true friend, a tireless worker, and an outstanding businessman.

Mr. Hill leaves his beloved wife, Holly (Chaffee) Hill; their daughter Marissa Menard of Burlington; his son Terry Dean Hill of Morrisville and his three children, Shawn, Brooke, and Stephaney; his daughter Michele Adams and her husband, Scott, and their children Randi and Michael of Hyde Park; step-children Michelle Raponi and her husband, David, of Hernando Beach, Florida, and Charles Menard of Roxbury; his brother Lanny, and his wife, Mary Jean, of East Hardwick; his sister Nancy Menard of Vergennes; and several nieces and nephews.  He also leaves old friend and former employee Lane Marshall of Richmond and longtime business associate, mentor, and close personal friend Ron Charlebois of South Burlington.

Following Mr. Hill’s wishes, there will be visiting hours from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, at the A.W. Rich Funeral Home, Fairfax Chapel.  A funeral service will be held at the United Church of Fairfax on Friday, November 2, at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Elizabeth Griffin officiating.  Interment will be in the family lot in the Irasburg Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495-1460.

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