Obituaries October 9, 2013

Joan Carolyn Armstrong

Joan Carolyn Armstrong, 72, died on August 22, 2011, in Marysville, Washington.

She was born on May 18, 1939, in Troy.  She was the daughter of Orfice C. Armstrong and Gertrude M. Reed.

She worked as a licensed practical nurse for many years in Vermont and California.  She later went back to school and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

She is survived by her sister Jean Tousant and her husband, Gordon; and by her six children:  Kim Cota-Anderson and her husband, Jeff, of Marysville, Keenan Cota of Milton, Sherry Cota and Sheryl Cota of Burlington, Pamela Cota of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Archie Cota of Montgomery; and by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her ashes will return to Vermont and be laid to rest with her parents on October 11, at 1 p.m., at the Troy Village Cemetery in Troy.


obit CollinsReginald L. Collins

Reginald L. Collins, 52, of Brownington died suddenly on October 1, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on April 23, 1961, in Newport, to Raymond and Berdina (Scott) Collins.  On July 4, 1988, he married the love of his life, Deborah Hackett, who survives him.

He was employed by Newport Furniture Parts in Newport.

He and his wife enjoyed hunting and fishing together and going to the family camp in Lowell.  They entered cars together at the demo derby at the Barton fair.  He enjoyed watching NASCAR and his favorite driver, #48 Jimmy Johnson.  He also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Deborah Collins of Brownington; his children:  Reginald Collins Jr. and his companion, Cassandra Wheeler, of Brownington, Travis Collins and his wife, Jaime, of Barton, Melissa Chapple and her husband, Justin, of New Hampshire, and Nicole Jankowski of Massachusetts; his parents:  Raymond and Berdina Collins of Brownington; his grandchildren:  Mason, Carter, and Jarret Chapple, all of New Hampshire, and Olivia Collins of Barton; his siblings:  Douglas Collins and his wife, Gloria, of Brownington, Mark Collins of Newport, and Lori Collins of Derby; his mother-in-law Ann Hackett of Island Pond; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father-in-law Charles Hackett Sr.

Friends and family are invited to a potluck in his memory at his parent’s place, Raymond and Berdina Collins’ home in Brownington, on Route 5A, on Saturday, October 12, at 12 noon.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Deborah Collins, 2951 Willoughby Lake Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

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


obit deyoEleanor Deyo

Eleanor J. Deyo, 93, a former resident of Brattleboro, died peacefully, with her family at her side, on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, in the comfort of her son Marvin’s home in Sheffield, where she had been living since August.

Mrs. Deyo was born in Concord, Massachusetts, on July 4, 1920, the daughter of Ernest and Vera (Lee) Green.  She was raised and educated in Orleans, and had attended Orleans High School.

With her husband, she owned and operated several restaurants in the area that included the former A&W Rootbeer on Putney Road, the former Harmony Café on Elliot Street, and the former Vermont Chef in Wilmington, which the couple operated seasonally during the winter months.  Additionally, the Deyos owned the former Puritan Diner in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  During World War II, she had been employed at the former Estey Organ Company.

She was a very colorful person who loved dressing up and decorating for every holiday.  She loved dancing and was known to be out every Saturday night kicking up her heels.  She really enjoyed going out to breakfast with her friends at Walmart and McDonalds.  In her earlier years, she enjoyed traveling and camping with her husband Harry.  She was also known for her excellent cooking.

She was an active volunteer for several years at the Brattleboro Senior Center until the age of 90 and was a life member of the VFW Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034, and the American Legion Brattleboro Post #5.

With her husband she had attended St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church.

On November 16, 1940, in Brattleboro, she was married to Harry N. Deyo, who predeceased her on June 21, 1995.

Survivors include three sons:  Norman and his wife, Kaye Deyo, of Boise, Idaho, Michael and his wife, Mary Deyo, of East Dorset, and Marvin Deyo and his partner, Lucille, of Sheffield; ten grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by one son, Malvin Deyo, who was Marvin’s twin; two sisters:  Marion and Elizabeth; and by two brothers:  Harold (Zeke) and Harry Green.

In accordance with Mrs. Deyo’s final wishes, there are no formal funeral services scheduled.

Interment will take place in St. Michael’s Parish Cemetery in Brattleboro, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Windham County Humane Society, P.O. Box 397, Brattleboro, Vermont 05302.

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Lawrence E. Gallant

Lawrence E. Gallant, 89, of Hyde Park died on September 28, 2013, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville.

He was a former resident of Barton.  He was born in Newark, and was the postmaster at Derby Line for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean MacDonald Gallant; two daughters:  Jan Kuhn and Jill Jupen; three grandchildren; and by three great-grandchildren.

Services are private at the convenience of the family.


obit PerryLeon Andre Perry

Leon Andre Perry, 74, of Brownington died peacefully on October 5, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on July 26, 1939, in Brownington, to Ezekiel and Cecile (Dumont) Perry.  On August 9, 1986, he married Mary E. Carpenter, who survives him.

He was a longtime farmer of the Stone House Farm in Brownington.  He was a lifetime lover of animals big and small, including nationally recognized Ayrshire and Guernsey cows, which earned him recognition in the hall of fame at the Vermont Eastern States Exposition building.  From his champion bull merit “Noble Boss” to his varied breeds of show chickens and registered collies, he very much enjoyed showing and judging cattle.

After farming he pursued a longtime interest in antiques — perhaps his favorites were his Sawyer prints and hens on a nest.  He could often be seen at various flea markets looking to buy, sell, swap or just tell a joke.

He is survived by his wife Mary Perry of Brownington; his children:  Kathy and Stan Robinson, Gina and Steve Gracie, and Steve and Tammy Mitchell; his siblings:  Clemence LeBlond of Troy, Claire Lyon of Brownington, and Loretta McCoy and her husband, Dale, of Orleans; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, who fondly referred to him as “Uncle Leon” and “Grandpa Leon”; and by his brother-in-law Raymond Darling of Barton.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ezekiel and Cecile Perry; his sisters:  Blanche Coates and Mary Darling; and by his brothers:  Maurice, Noel and Francis Perry.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, October 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, October 10, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in Brownington Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans County Fair, “The Children’s Room,” P.O. Box 580, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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


obit RoyerVirginia Theresa Royer

Virginia Theresa Royer died on October 3, 2013, at her home in Newport Center.

She was married for 65 years to Ernest Royer, who predeceased her on July 12, 2013.

She loved spending time with family and grandkids, playing with her poodle, Missy, playing cards, fishing, hunting, traveling to Florida, going out to eat, watching the hummingbirds at the feeder, gardening, and cutting firewood with her husband.  For many years, they farmed in Coventry and then built a garage where Mr. Royer repaired vehicles and Mrs. Royer did the bookkeeping.

After selling to their son, Larry, they were a familiar sight driving his truck all over the county delivering firewood as their idea of retirement.  In her younger years, she worked at both the Governor Prouty Inn and the Valley House in Orleans as a housekeeper and cook.

She is survived by a son, Larry Royer Sr., and his partner, Lori Royea; her two daughters:  Sindy Souliere and her husband, Paul, and Sue Paquette and her husband, Larry; a daughter-in-law, Judy Desroches, and her husband, Rock; her grandchildren:  Kathy Leblanc and her partner, Bill, Larry Royer Jr. and his wife, Denise, Bonnie Poginy and her husband, Gary, Jessica Farrar and her husband, Jared, Melissa Stone and her partner, Jamie, and Josh Souliere and his fiancée, Aimee; her great-grandchildren:  Jeremy, Katie, Missy and her husband, Dan, Larry III, Amanda and her fiancé, Sebastian Lyonnais, Isaac, James and his fiancée, Michelle, Tyler, Mikalah, Kadin, Kiley, Bruce III, Nicholas, and Erika; a great-great-granddaughter, Oliva; a brother, Robert Limlaw, and his wife, Betty; her three sisters:  Christina Williams, Marion Corbitt and her companion, Roger Fournier, and Marilyn Gray and her husband, Brian; her brothers-in-law:  Raymond Royer and his wife, Lucy, and Andrew Royer and his wife, Annette; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Royer; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a son, Ernest D. Royer; her brothers:  Gardner, David, and Walter Limlaw; and by her daughter-in-law Martha Royer.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 9, at 11 a.m., at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow at the St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Ron Holland Dialysis Unit, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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


obit spatesWilliam “Bill” F. Spates

William “Bill” F. Spates, 67, of Lynn, Massachusetts, died on Saturday, October 5, 2013, after a lengthy illness.

He was the husband of Hilda L. (Riley) Spates, with whom he shared 43 years of marriage.

Born in Newport, he was the son of the late Frank H. and Eleanor (Foster) Spates.  He was raised in Newport, attended Newport schools, and was a graduate of the former Cambridge Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.  He made his residence in Lynn for 48 years.

He served as a lieutenant for 12 years in the Army National Guard.  Together with his wife and three sons, they owned Bass Associates Inc., supplying commercial construction companies with architectural metals.  He was a member of East Baptist Church in Lynn, and was also a member of Gannon Golf Club.  He was an avid hunter and golfer, and also enjoyed traveling with his wife and family.

He was a guy who lived life to the fullest.  He always had a broad smile, a mischievous twinkle in his eye, and a good word.  He loved his children and his grandchildren beyond reason.

He had a gift for always building up the underdog.  And the only time he looked down at someone, was to give them a hand up.  He wanted you to always look up for your help, and would never mind raising a cold one in his honor.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons:  Adam M. Spates and his wife, Maria Boverini, of Lynn, Sean D. Spates and his wife, Amy, of Lynn, and Graham C. Spates and his wife, Elyse, of Lynn; his five grandchildren:  MacKenzie, Christian, Jack, Sydney and Collin Spates, all of Lynn; his two sisters:  Joyce Stanwood and her husband, Jay, of Newport, and Betty Jane Durkee of Tequesta, Florida; one brother, Douglas Spates, and his wife, Vivian, of Derby; one sister-in-law, Robin Bradley, and her husband, Kevin, of Lynn; as well as by several nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Frank Spates Jr.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, October 12, at 10 a.m., from the Solimine, Landergan And Richardson Funeral Home, at 426 Broadway (Route 129), in Lynn, followed by a funeral service in East Baptist Church at 11 a.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.  Visiting hours are Friday, October 11, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations are preferred to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, in honor of Dr. David Steensma, Dr. John Koreth, Sarah Cahill, Melissa Houston, Mary Delaney and “The Gang,” 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.

Directions and a guestbook may be found at


Sandra L. Wells

Sandra L. Wells, 54, of Irasburg died suddenly, at her home, on October 1, 2013.

She was born on March 10, 1959, to Donald and Margurite (Soraghan) Wells.

She loved running her own yard sales, loved her seven cats and loved her home.  She will be remembered for her big heart.

She is survived by her loving companion Elias Richard Green of Irasburg; her siblings:  Steven Wells of Franconia, New Hampshire, and Sharon Doyle of Weymouth, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life was held on October 5, at her home in Irasburg.

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


obit WilleyPaitlynn Harley Willey

Paitlynn Harley Willey, beloved infant daughter of Amy LePage and Jedd Willey, died on September 30, 2013.

She was born on September 11, 2013, in Newport.

She is survived by her parents, Amy LePage and Jedd Willey of North Troy; her siblings:  Brooke and Fawn Roberge; her maternal grandparents:  Wayne and Lisa Emerson of North Troy, and Robert and Lori LePage of Derby; her paternal grandmother Melanie Willey of Jay, her paternal great-grandmother Helen Corey of Texas; her maternal great-grandparents:  Alfred and Shirley Santaw of North Troy, and Robert and Carole Flystra of Wayne, Maine; her maternal great-great-grandmother Norma Demers of Newport Center; her aunts and uncles:  Wayne LePage of Newport, Nicholas LePage of Derby, Brent McClure and Sasha Prue of Newport Center, Max Bly and Sarah Lang of Newport, and Jessica Bly of Massachusetts; her great-aunt and uncle, Kathy and Shelly Sheltra of Newport Center; and by her cousins:  Kayanna McClure, Joseph and Justin Turcotte, Kallie and Jalen Rojas both of Massachusetts, and Brianna Bly of Newport.

She was predeceased by her grandfather George Willey; and by her great-great-grandfather Paul Demers.

A graveside service was held on October 7, at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American S.I.D.S. Institute, 528 Raven Way, Naples, Florida 34110.

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


Obituaries August 28, 2013

obit YoungConstance (Hathaway) Young

Constance (Hathaway) Young died on July 16, 2013, at the Manor in Morrisville.

She was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, on February 5, 1918, a daughter of the late Guilford C. and Nellie (Shirley) Hathaway.  She graduated from the B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River and from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, in the Class of 1939.

She married Francis A. Young in 1943 in Fall River.  They later moved to Bethesda, Maryland, where they lived for the next 30 years, where Mr. Young worked as executive secretary for the International Exchange of Persons, an arm of the Fulbright Program.

Mrs. and Mr. Young began the move to Craftsbury upon Mr. Young’s retirement, and they became full-time residents in 1983.  They were involved in many community activities over the years, especially with St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Hardwick.

Mrs. and Mr. Young had no children of their own, so they took on the role of favorite aunt and uncle for the many nieces and nephews.  College students found their way smoothed by checks that seemed to arrive at critical times, and visitors to Washington always received a warm welcome and, very often, a guided tour of the sights, including some of the lesser-known institutions such as the Botanical Gardens.  After they moved to Craftsbury, their beautiful house and land became a favored destination and gathering place for friends and relatives.  Mrs. Young was a dedicated gardener, and flowers always graced the house in season.

She is survived by her niece Constance Rabin, and her nephew Elton Follett, by their children and by many nieces and nephews in the Young family.

She was predeceased by Mr. Young in 1995; and also by her sisters:  Ellen H. Follett, Emily A. Macomber, and Shirley H. Pope.

A memorial service will be held at St. John the Baptist Church in Hardwick on September 9, at 11 a.m., with the Reverend Alfred Stefanik officiating, and ashes will be interred at 2 p.m. at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Young Memorial Trust, the Francis A. Young Scholarship Fund, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York, 14456; or to the memorial fund at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

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

obit wellsDean “Dino” Edward Wells

Dean “Dino” Edward Wells, 83, of Irasburg died on August 23, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on April 30, 1930, in Albany, the son of Ralph and Mattie (Demerritt) Wells.  On December 21, 1955, he married Audrey Jean Benjamin of Derby, who predeceased him.

Mr. Wells owned and operated a dairy farm in Irasburg since 1961.  He was a truck driver and logger, which was his life work for over 50 years.  When he was younger he loved riding motorcycles, and playing the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and piano.  His band played in several nightclubs in the area and produced two albums.  He loved going to the Tunbridge and Fryeburg fairs.  He was a very social person who had a great sense of humor, loved his family, and he also loved having a good time with his family and friends at his garage.  That garage in Irasburg was the site of many large corn roasts featuring live music from local artists and friends.

He is survived by his children:  Kenneth Lance Wells and his wife, Lori, of Orleans, Randall Layne Wells and his companion, Patricia Kilday, of Irasburg, Janis Leigh Patoine and her husband, Norbert, of Sutton, Holly Lynne Tremblay and her husband, Tony, of Brownington, Gayle Lynda Veilleux and her husband, Mark, of Westfield, and Dean Edward Wells II of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; his 12 grandchildren:  Brandon and Paige Wells of Orleans, Anni and Lance Wells of Irasburg, Denis Royer and Ernie and Matt Wells of Sutton, Sara Locke, Jim and Angie Davio, Chelsey and Ryan Vellieux of Westfield; his 12 great-grandchildren:  Emily, Ashton, Gavin, Leah, Audrey, Denis III, Mattie, Josie, Lily, McKenzie, Madison, and Morgan; and by his nephew Michael Wells of Albany.

He was predeceased by his brother Arland Wells; and by his nephew Gene Wells.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, at the Curtis-Britch & Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common.  Funeral services will be held at the Irasburg United Church on Thursday, August 29, at 11 a.m., with the Reverend Rick Shover officiating.  Interment will follow in the Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit SanvilleTim A. Sanville

Tim A. Sanville, 55, of East Ryegate died suddenly on August 21, 2013.

He was born on January 7, 1958, in Newport.

Mr. Sanville was a self-employed carpenter.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, and carpentry.

He is survived by his wife Tammy Cinnamond of East Ryegate; his children:  Joshua and Jeremy Sanville, both of North Troy, and Jennifer Sanville of Orleans; two stepchildren:  Adam and Ryan Hamrysky of East Ryegate; his eight grandchildren:  Cally, Caydence, Riley, and Morgan Sanville, Preston, Abigail, Makayla and Hazen Baraw; his brother John Sanville and his wife, Carol, of Coventry; his sister Bonnie Sicard of Beebe; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Adam and Dorothy (Mason) Sanville.

Funeral services were held on August 28, in Newport.  Interment will be at a later date in the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to New Digs for Dogs, 538 French Pond Road, North Haverhill, New Hampshire 03774.

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

obit PercyNancy Currier Percy

Nancy Currier Percy, 70, of Newport died on August 20, 2013.

She was born on November 21, 1942, in Newport, the daughter of Lance and Marguerite (Ellsworth) Currier.  She graduated from Newport High School in Newport.  She married Ralph Percy, who predeceased her.

She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and was a fan of Elvis Presley and Chuck Norris.

She is survived by her daughter Stacey Shinske and her husband, Laurence, of Glenville, New York; her grandchild Danny Jackson Percy of Portsmouth, Virginia; her siblings:  Janice Currier Blais of Newport, Gerald Currier of Newport, Allen Currier and his wife, Lynn, of Wilmington, North Carolina, Timothy Currier and his wife, Sandie, of Island Pond, Robert Currier and his wife, Denise, of Newport, Brian Currier and his wife, Claudine, of Holland, Michael Currier and his wife, Lisa, of Windsor, and Loren Currier of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by an infant son, Scott; and by the following siblings:  Donald, Bruce, Thomas, and infants Paul, Paula, and Pamela Currier.

Funeral services were held on August 24, in Newport.

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

obit LaCossThelma Jean LaCoss

Thelma Jean LaCoss, 87, of Brownington Center died on August 24, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on September 29, 1925, in Forest Dale, the daughter of Dewey and Agnes (Dimick) Larock.  On June 9, 1951, she married Carlton B. LaCoss, who predeceased her on June 10, 2000.

She graduated from Brandon High School in Brandon, and also from nursing school in Vermont and Brooklyn, New York.  She was a registered nurse at the New Britain Memorial Hospital and the Bristol Hospital, both in Connecticut, and more recently she worked at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.  She was also a cadet nurse in the Army during the Korean War era.

She was a member of the Brownington Ladies Group and the Brownington Center Church.  She was a past member of the Northeast Kingdom Pulling Association.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.  She was a fan of horses, ponies, ox pulling, knitting, and making mittens and hats for the local children.  She was an avid reader and sports fan of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, and the New England Patriots.

She is survived by her sons:  Douglas LaCoss of Stowe, and Tim LaCoss of Brownington; her granddaughter Tabitha LaCoss of Stowe; a brother, Maurice Larock, of Pittsford; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Arnold, Donald, and Roger Larock.

Services will be held at 1 p.m., on September 7, at the New Hope Bible Church in Brownington Center, with Pastor George Lawson officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Northeast Area Agency on Aging, 59 Waterfront Plaza, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

obit harringtonTimothy J. Harrington

Timothy J. Harrington, 57, formerly a resident of Albany, was involved in a fatal accident this week.

Mr. Harrington earned his Gold Wings in 1983, which included over 1,000 recorded free fall jumps.  He brought his family to the Northeast Kingdom in 1989 for camping adventures and to escape the busy life of Connecticut.  He decided to build here in 1995, where he enjoyed raising his family.

His passions were building rock walls around his property, paddling the river during duck hunting season, smoking a good cigar, and talking politics with the boys.

He is survived by his sons:  Ryan, a U.S. Marine, Phillip, an engineer for the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and Patrick, who will be graduating from Lake Region Union High School this year with the goal of becoming an electrical lineman.  He also leaves behind his mother Joan Harrington; and his sister Terrie Ouellette from Feeding Hills, Massachusetts.

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

Carlton Dean Bickford

Carlton Dean Bickford, 76, of Glover died on August 23, 2013, in Burlington.

He was born on March 15, 1937, in Glover, the son of George and Helen (Baker) Bickford.

In 1960, he married Mary Jane Bean, who survives him.

Mr. Bickford was an electrician.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #106 Free and Accepted Masons of Barton, and a past member of the Glover Fire Department.  He was a former director of the Barton Fair Association with his primary interest being the pulling events.  He loved to cut firewood, spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and he was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He also enjoyed his family, friends, sugaring, working in his vegetable garden, and the Vermont outdoors.  He loved the companionship of his dog, Buddy, and cat, Em.

He is survived by his wife Mary Jane Bickford of Glover; his children:  Stacey Lee Lemire and her husband, Denis, and Jeffrey Bickford and his wife, Nikki, all of Glover; his ten grandchildren; his nine great-grandchildren; his sister Pauline Laughlin of Enfield, New Hampshire; his brothers:  Stanley Bickford and his wife, Louise, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Ernie Coolbeth and his wife, Beverly, of Lyndonville; his two special brothers-in-law:  Raymond McCoy of West Burke, and Ronald McCoy of North Carolina; and by many nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Glover Community Church, care of Roland Woodard, P.O. Box 198, Glover, Vermont 05839.

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

Lorna C. Beaulieu

Lorna C. Beaulieu, 76, of Hampton, Virginia, died peacefully on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at North Hampton Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center.

She lived in Hampton for 45 years, where she enthusiastically supported her children’s sporting events, established and was president of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #5500, and she enjoyed designing beautiful flower arrangements for all kinds of celebrations.  She always participated, supported and helped with VFW activities, parades and visits to the veterans at the Hampton Veteran Hospital.  She loved her country, the flag and for what it stood for, and was proud to have served in the United States Air Force.

She was born in Newport.  In 2007, she was reunited with her uncle Ted Carpenter, Kathy, and numerous other relatives, where she and Larry Mattera celebrated with all.  She loved her family and was blessed to be joined together again with each of them.

She is survived by her son Bruce Beaulieu and his wife, Cathy; her daughter Pamela Schy and her husband, Marty; six grandchildren:  Nathan and his wife, Emily, Emily and her husband, Matt, Levi, Rocki, April and her husband, Randy, and Casie; her great-grandchildren:  Nolan Schy, Tori, Joey and Thomas Chappell, Kaitlyn Pierce, Kendra and Johnneicia Thorn; and by her beloved friend and companion of 11 years, her Chihuahua, Sandy.

She was predeceased by her husband Omer (Frenchy); her parents:  Wilfred and Alice Carr; her great-grandson Matthew Chappell; a special companion, Bob Brewer; and by her soul mate Larry Mattera.

A service was held on August 23.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Newport News SPCA and Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 6.

Death notices

Paul Arthur Curtis

Paul Arthur Curtis, 72, of Newport died peacefully on August 20, 2013, at his home.  He was the beloved husband of Joan Curtis.

A complete obituary will follow.

Arthur Palmer French

Arthur Palmer French, 84, of Westmore died on Monday, August 26, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at the Westmore Community Church on Sunday, September 1, at 1 p.m.  All welcome.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the church.