Obituaries September 19, 2012

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Raymond J. Adams Sr.

Raymond J. Adams Sr., 70, of Craftsbury died unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at Fletcher-Allen Medical Center in Burlington.

Son of the late Harlan and Roberta (Houston) Adams, he was educated in Stowe and graduated from Essex High School in 1959.  He served his country in the U.S. Navy and returned to Vermont, where he married Sandra Butler in 1968.  They made their home in Essex until 1982, when they moved to the camp on Eden Mountain while building their home on Denton Hill Road in Craftsbury, where they have since resided.

He was employed by IBM in Essex for 25 years prior to his retirement in 1990.  He was an electrician as a second occupation as well as a builder of homes with his family prior to and after his retirement.  He enjoyed his camp in Eden, especially as deer camp, and playing horseshoes with family and friends.  He also enjoyed sugaring with family and all family gatherings.

Mr. Adams was instrumental in establishing the Little League and softball teams in Essex, and the community afterschool sports program.  When he moved to Craftsbury he again was active with the sports program, coaching basketball and baseball teams.  He also served on the Craftsbury school board.

He leaves his wife Sandy of Craftsbury; a daughter, Lisa, and her husband, Gary Tatro, of St. Albans; two sons:  Raymond Jr. and his wife, Chole, and Karl and his wife, Valerie, all of Craftsbury; three brothers:  Robert Adams and his wife, Debbie, of Morrisville, Harlan “Dick” Adams of Johnson, and James Adams of Nashua, New Hampshire; seven grandchildren:  Stephanie and Justin Banfield, Tyler Tatro, Tomas and Ana Rodriguez, Teresa Adams, and Kyle Adams; one great-granddaughter, Amelia Rodriguez; two brothers-in-law:  James Butler of Adams, Massachusetts, and Keith Butler of North Adams, Massachusetts; as well by nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.  He was predeceased by his parents.

A time of remembrance was held at the Adams Camp on Eden Mountain Road in Eden on September 16.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Craftsbury Schools Gym Project, P.O. Box 73, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

Merle Benway

Merle Benway, 82, of Glover died on Monday, September 10, 2012, at home.

He was born on January 22, 1930, in North Troy.  He was the son of Russel Alfred Benway and Hazel Watson Benway.

He worked on construction for many years and was the road commissioner for the town of Glover for over 20 years.  He loved his horses and his faithful dog, Emma.

He is survived by his daughters:  Valerie and her husband, Lawrence Gaboriault, of Sheffield, Trudy and her husband, Kenny Blackburn, of Glover and Wanda Webster of Glover; and by two granddaughters:  Jennifer and her husband, Jeremy LeBlanc, of North Troy, and Andrea Webster of Glover.  He also leaves a special neighbor who was like a daughter to him, Mary Christiansen, and her husband, Johan, and their son, Wyatt.  He was predeceased by his two sons:  Alfred and Owen; his brothers:  Bob and Wayne; and by his sisters:  Mertha Simpson, Dora Prue and Betty King.

There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, September 22, at 1 p.m. at his home on Dexter Mountain in Glover with a potluck lunch to follow.

Should friends desire, donations may be made to the Glover Ambulance Squad.

Richard “Dick” Powell Carr

Richard “Dick” Powell Carr, 84, died on March 31, 2012, in Mesa, Arizona, in his sleep at home.

He formerly lived in Derby and had a long career working on the Canadian Pacific Railroad.

He was born on July 29, 1928, in Lowell, Massachusetts, and started his family in Berlin, New Hampshire, before moving to Derby.

He spent his golden years traveling around the country, eventually landing in Arizona.  He loved the desert.  He developed his skills as a craftsman and put together an impressive woodworking shop, producing work that is treasured by many.

He was a loving and giving father and man, always ready to lend a hand.

He will be missed and remembered forever.

He is survived by his wife Mary Gertrude (Landers) Carr, originally from Gorham, now of Mesa, Arizona; and by five of his children:  Sandra Domina of Ellington, Connecticut, Richard Patrick Carr of Ottsville, Pennsylvania, Michael George Carr of Bellingham, Washington, Deborah Anne Benning of Lyndonville, and Laurie Anne Carr of Albany.  He was predeceased by his eldest son, William “Bill” Carr, of Derby; and by his only brother, Donald Carr, of Noblesville, Indiana.

His children will host a memorial celebration of his life on Saturday, September 22, beginning at 10:49 a.m., at “Railroad Camp” in Brunswick.  Parking will be in the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge visitor center parking lot in Bloomfield (formerly the Bear Mountain), with just a short walk to the camp.  Any and all are invited to attend.

Louise A. Duckless

Louise A. Duckless, 83, of Newport died on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, in Newport.

She was born on August 23, 1929, in Mansonville, Quebec, a daughter of Albert and Iris (Bailey) Brouillette.

She married Kenneth Duckless on October 26, 1959, and lived in North Troy, Newport Center, and Newport for the past 52 years.  Mr. Duckless predeceased Mrs. Duckless on August 8, 2001.

She was well known in the community as a long time employee of the A&P and Grand Union, until her retirement in 1994.  She was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella and the American Legion Auxiliary, and spent countless hours over the past 40 years volunteering with Mr. Duckless at various functions and parties at the Newport Elks Club.  They enjoyed travel throughout New England, including many vacations to the Maine coast and annual trips to the Big “E” Exposition in Springfield, Massachusetts.

She is survived by her children:  Edward Duckless and his wife, Ann, of Derry, New Hampshire, and Dottie Provencher and her husband, Mike, of Irasburg; her grandchildren:  Amber Provencher, Gregory Provencher and his fiancée, Ashley Fenoff, and Michelle Provencher; her great-grandchildren:  Hazen and Alexis; and by her three sisters:  Jean Robidas of Sherbrook, Quebec, Helen St. Hilare and her husband, Roger, of St. Michel, Quebec, and Barbara Brouillette of Mansonville, Quebec.  She was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Johnson.

Calling hours were held on September 16 in Newport.  Interment followed at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-Aire Activity Fund, Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Richard B. Dudley

Richard “Dick” Dudley, 87, of Orleans died on Monday, September 10, 2012, following a short illness.

He was born on February 23, 1925, in Hanover, New Hampshire, to Edwin and Orene Dudley and was a lifelong resident of Orleans.

Upon graduation from Orleans High School in 1943, he entered the U.S. Army and served in Germany.

He married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth “Libby” Pike, in September of 1946.

He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1950 and returned to Orleans to work with his mother and brother in the family business, The Converse Company, until his retirement in 1987 when his son, Brad, took over.

He was the financial secretary of the Orleans Federated Church, a Vermont Freemason, a 22-year volunteer at North Country Hospital, treasurer of the Orleans Country Club, a justice of the peace, and town auditor.

He loved all sports and especially enjoyed the game of golf and the friendships and camaraderie that it provided.  He was the Orleans Country Club champion several times and was regularly scoring below his age as recently as three weeks ago!

Mr. Dudley and his wife traveled extensively, visiting friends and family in many locales.  They enjoyed playing cribbage with friends, dancing to big band music, reading, attending plays, and being of service wherever and whenever needed.

Mr. Dudley was especially fond of his four children, eight grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren, all of whom affectionately called him “Papa.”  He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.  Papa transcended generations and touched many with his kindness, humility and generosity; we will miss him.

He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Pike Dudley of Orleans; their daughters:  Pam Downer and her husband, Jay, of Newport, and Jennifer “Lynn” Brennan and her husband, Terry, of Orchard Park, New York; his son Brad Dudley and Cori of Irasburg; his daughter-in-law Terry Dudley of Orleans; and by his dear family friend Daniel Belanger of Stanstead, Quebec.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Kirstie Bean, Greg Downer, Tricia Doran, Wendy Leithead, Jonathon Dudley, Travis Dudley, Zach Leach and Beth Hibshman; as well as by his 15 great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his beloved son Charles Dudley of Orleans.

Funeral services were held on September 13 in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans Federated Church, care of of Rita Nye, P.O. Box 427, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

Andre J. Guillette

Andre J. Guillette, 93, of Derby died on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on December 1, 1918, in Stanstead, Quebec, a son of Euclide and Priscilla (Piquette) Guillette.

On August 4, 1947, he married Julia Murphy, who survives him.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.  During his lifetime, he was employed by the former Pete Logan’s Service Station for 27 years and then for his son Gary at Guillette’s Service Station in Newport.  He held membership with the American Legion Post #21 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, both of Newport.  His hobbies included playing horseshoes, snowmobiling, and watching the Detroit Red Wings on television.

He is survived by his wife Julia Guillette of Derby; his children:  Peter Guillette and his wife, Jacqueline, of Claremont, New Hampshire, Gary Guillette and his wife, Evelyn, of Coventry, and Ann Gosselin and her husband, Rick, of Newport Center; the following grandchildren:  Matthew Gosselin and his wife, Amy, of Irasburg, Katherine Palardy and her husband, Jared, of Essex Junction, Maurice Guillette and his wife, Lisa, of Westfield, Anne-Marie Gray and her husband, Jason, of Westfield, Christina Guillette and her partner, Kendall, of Seattle, Washington, Carmen Arcudi and her husband, Joey, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, Suzanne Blish and her husband, Bill, of Grantham, New Hampshire, Peter Guillette II of Norwich, and Jon Chartrand and his wife, Paula, of Seattle; 12 great-grandchildren; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by four brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line, with full military honors.

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

David A. Jaques

David A. Jaques, 53, of Milton died unexpectedly on Thursday, September 13, 2012, at his home.

He was born on May 6, 1959, in Montreal, Ouebec, the son of the late Glen and Gwenn (Farrow) Jaques.

On August 2, 1986, he married Suzanne Meunier in Newport.

Mr. Jaques was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  He served in communications aboard the USS Camden.  After his duty onboard the USS Camden, he served with the Navy reserve for 22 years.  While in the reserves, he served on the committee that brought the Lone Sailor to the Burlington waterfront at the Naval Reserve Center, an accomplishment of which he was very proud.  For 17 years, he was a student counselor at Vermont Job Corps in Vergennes.  He was most recently employed with the Vermont Department of Corrections as a youth corrections specialist.  He had a strong passion for helping out youth in Chittenden County.  A member of St. Ann Church in Milton, he belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council 10417 in Milton, having served as former grand knight.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends as he was a very devoted husband, father, son, and brother.

He is survived by his wife Suzanne of Milton; their children:  Kitina Squadrito and her husband, Mark, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and David Jaques II and his girlfriend, Bobbi Jo Benson, of Milton; his sister Janet Cartee and her husband, Richard, of Newport; his mother-in-law Jeannine Meunier and her friend, Conrad Roy, of West Palm Beach, Florida; his sisters-in-law:  Rachel Turgeon and her husband, Dennis, of Balston Spa, New York, Suzette Pearson and her husband, Martin, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Laura Laramee and her husband, Maurice, of Jay; his brother-in-law Michael Meunier and his wife, Linda, of Jay; and by his nieces and nephews:  Patrick, Tim, Heather, Dawn, Nicholas and Karin.  Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his father-in-law Marcel Meunier; and by his brother in-law Marcel Meunier Jr.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 19, at 11 a.m. in St. Ann Catholic Church in Milton.  Burial will be held on Friday, September 21 at 11:30 a.m. in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Memorial contributions may be made to Centerpoint, 1025 Airport Drive, South Burlington, Vermont 05403

Online condolences may be made at

Vivian L. Nash

Vivian L. Nash, 76, of Derby died on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, in Burlington.

She was born on March 15, 1936, in Lowell, a daughter of Harold and Beulah (Wiltshire) Pope.  She was brought up in the Lowell area, however she did spend a few years in Florida before moving back to Derby.

She worked at Butterfield’s in Derby Line for several years before becoming an LPN and working as a private caregiver as well as at Michaud Manor in Derby Line.  She loved bowling, playing bingo, and going to the casino in Rock Island, Quebec.  She especially loved her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter Ryan Degreenia and her husband, Cory; her son Timmy Hagan of Johnson; her grandchildren:  Mikayla, Jason, Cory, and Kaylee; and by several nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and nephews, and by many friends at the Derby Trailer Park where she lived for over 30 years.  She was predeceased by her brothers:  Stanley, Robert, and Richard; and by her sister, Virginia Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, at the Lowell Congregational Church with the Reverend David DiZazzo officiating.  A potluck luncheon will follow the service.

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

Angeline Yvette Perrault

Angeline Yvette Perrault, 81, of Irasburg died on Monday, September 10, 2012, in Newport, following an extended illness, with her eight daughters and her husband at her side.

She was born on September 22, 1930, in West Charleston, the daughter of Lucien and Olive (Chainey) Desjardins.

On October 2, 1950, she married Gerard Perrault who survives her.  They would have celebrated 62 years of marriage.

Mrs. Perrault was especially proud of her eight daughters.  She was a dedicated, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and will be missed dearly.

The Perraults operated a dairy farm for 43 years on the Lake Region Road.  After farming, Mrs. Perrault worked at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton as an activity director and as an LNA until the 1990s, among being a homemaker and bookkeeper for the farm.  She also volunteered for different organizations.  She was also a member of St. Theresa’s Church, Daughters of Isabella and the Ladies Guild.

She is survived by her husband Gerard Albert Perrault of Irasburg; her eight daughters:  Lucille and her husband, David Lawes, of Barton, Joanne and her husband, Richard Dealy, of Pembroke, Massachusetts, Denise and her husband, Alan Turner, of Newport, Carmen and her husband, Christopher Gage, of Orleans, Marie and her husband, Albert Beaudry, of Albany, Estelle and her husband, Thomas Nelson, of Williston, Lisa and her husband, Bruce Quigley, of Biddeford, Maine, and Gisele “Gigi” and her husband, Randy Poginy, of Barton; by her grandchildren:  Julie Bronson, Melissa (Bronson) Moulton and her husband, Scott, Meghan (Dealy) Shaheen and her husband, Michael, Catherine and Lauren Dealy, Eric and Jeff Turner, Jonathan and Ryan Gage, Miranda Beaudry, Erin and Greg Nelson, Lindsey and Brittney Gilman, Alexandria and Alicia Quigley, and Rebecca, Chelsea, and Whitney Poginy; two great-grandchildren:  Tyler Smith and Hayley Rae Gage; her brothers and sisters:  Huguette McA’Nulty Black of Maplewood, New Jersey, Roland Desjardins of Springhill, Florida, Jeannette Auger of Barton, Paulette Lebrun of Tampa, Florida, Mona Brouseau and her husband, Guy, of Fort Myers, Florida, Mary Jane Denney and her husband, Geoffrey, of Ontario, Canada, Roger Desjardins and his wife, Barbara, of Sebring, Florida, and Hubert Desjardins of West Glover; her sisters-in-law:  Jeannette Poulin, Theresa Fortin, Yvette Bruneau, Marie-Paul Perrault, and Theresa Perrault; and by her brother-in-law James Baker.  She was predeceased by her brother Emile Desjardins; her brothers-in-law:  Donat Perrault and George Perrault; and by her sister-in-law Lorraine (Perrault) Baker.

Funeral services were held on September 14 in Orleans.  Interment followed at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Paul’s School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

Death notice

Emile Paul Royer

Emile Paul Royer, 84, of Irasburg died suddenly on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at his home.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 21, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Tim Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

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