Obituaries September 7, 2016

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Calvin E. Bennett Jr.

Calvin E. Bennett Jr., 82, of West Charleston, died peacefully on August 24, 2016, in Barton.

He was born on July 4, 1934, in Holland to Calvin E. and Bernice (Powers) Bennett.

In 1954 he married Shirley Manzer of Ipswich, Massachusetts.

They had three children: Calvin III, William Fred, and Lucinda Bennett. In 1963, he married Leila Fay of Belchertown, Massachusetts, who survives him. They had six children: Clifton Bennett and his wife, Patricia, of Cornish, New Hampshire, Christine Shatney and her husband, Steve, of Greensboro Bend, Carolyn Bennett of Brownington, Cathleen Sargent and her fiancé, Paul Tamaulty, of Orange, Crystal Bennett and her partner, Ronalda Bancroft, of Essex Junction, and Cassandra Cabrera and her husband, Daniel, of Williston. He is survived by many grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; his sister Grace Brooks of Old Lyme, Connecticut; by his half-sister Beulah Paddleford; and by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Calvin Edward Bennett III.

Mr. Bennett worked at many jobs, including farming in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and also as a mechanic in Cadillac and Volkswagen garages. He was a factory worker, a carpenter building houses, and a construction worker.

He moved back to Vermont in 1970, and worked for the town of Brownington. He later started his own log trucking business. He loved dancing, and also traveling with his wife in their fifth-wheeler camper, visiting many states and attending bluegrass music festivals where they met some very close friends and enjoyed good times together.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Irasburg Town Hall on September 11, 2016, from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Gerard Fontaine

Gerard Fontaine, 75, of Newport Center, died on August 31, 2016.

He was born on April 11, 1941, in Weedon, Quebec. He was the son of the late Albini and Jenne (Gautier) Fontaine.

Mr. Fontaine worked for Ethan Allen, outside in the yard, for 28 years. He married Helen LeMadeleine on July 3, 1965.

He enjoyed riding in his golf cart, fishing off his pontoon boat, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Fontaine, of Newport Center; his daughter Kristine Fontaine of Rouses Point, New York; and his son Gerard Fontaine and his wife, Patricia, of Newport Center. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Joshua Pion and his fianceé, Rebecca Poquette, Nicole Pion and her fiancé, Derrick Grundmann, Melissa Savage and her husband, Vaughan, of South Africa, Stephany Delaney and her husband, Stuart, of New York State, Jeremy Fontaine and his friend, Abbie Santaw, of Newport Center; and by four great-grandchildren: Abigail, Peyton, Oliver and Graysen. He is also survived by his brothers: Real, Marcel, and Ronald Fontaine; and his sisters Noella, Pierette, Aline, and Diane.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Lionel, Alain, Leonard, and Nicole.

A Mass was celebrated on September 3, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be made at


Ruth E. Stone

Ruth E. Stone died on August 29, 2016, in Newport, at the age of 86.

She was born June 15, 1930, to the late David and Phoebe (Simino) Mason. On August 9, 1948, she married Paul Stone Sr., who predeceased her on October 22, 2010, after 62 years of marriage.

She leaves behind her daughter Elizabeth “Skip” Wright and her companion, Merrill Crawford, of Troy; also her son Paul Jr., and his wife, Gaetane, of Newport Center. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Lorianne and her spouse, Paul Pion, Lucy and her spouse, Steve Dobler, Paula and her spouse, David Lamadeleine, Alvin, Amy and her spouse, Keith Deavitt, Buffy, Heidi and her spouse, Scott Rappold, and Betsy and her spouse, Mike Purvis. She also leaves behind several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Over the years she did many crafts, loved cooking and doing things for her children. Her best enjoyment was feeding and baking for everyone in the family and friends. Mrs. Stone was famous with her family for her special pancakes, and most of all she enjoyed grocery shopping.

Services were held on Saturday, September 3, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, with Pastor Paul Essaff officiating, followed by interment at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

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