MIDDLEBURY — Ernie Longey, 63, died in his sleep after a brief illness with cancer at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington on Dec. 14, 2007, with his wife Mary at his side. He had spent the evening surrounded by his loving family. Ernie was born in Middlebury on Sept. 13, 1944, to Hugh and Mildred Longey. He graduated from Middlebury High School in 1962. Although he never received another degree, Ernie was a true ‘Renaissance Man,’ mastering a myriad of skills and crafts throughout his life.
Ernie began his long work relationship with Middlebury College in October 1961, when he took over his uncle Richard Delphia’s job as a part-time technician at Hillcrest Language Center when Richard was called to serve in the National Guard during the Berlin Wall crisis.
After high school graduation, Ernie worked at a variety of jobs in Vermont, New York and Florida (loan officer, resort waiter, audio/visual system installer, draftsman at Simmons Precision, technician at the electronic lab in Middlebury, owned an appliance business in Rutland, sold his own handcrafted furniture, etc.).
He served in Vietnam in the Army Security Agency. In October 1974, he accepted a position as electronic technician at Middlebury College and later became director of media services. He did much to keep the college on the cutting edge of technology until his retirement in 2000.
From 2000 until his death, he worked out of his home office for HB Communications Inc. of North Haven, Conn., traveling in Vermont and New Hampshire to colleges, hospitals and businesses as a designer, programmer and installer of ‘smart’ rooms (rich with technology controlled by touch panels).
Among his hobbies, skills and crafts were archery; model trains, planes and cars; airbrush painting; kite-making; sailing and canoeing (although he never learned to swim); gold and silver jewelry making; and many more, but especially woodworking and photography.
He loved to carve, turn, inlay, and create furniture, jewelry boxes, pens, wine-stoppers and many other beautiful items from all varieties of wood.
He took pictures since his youth, for many years developing and printing his own photos from film cameras. He specialized in documenting large, complex events, for example, the construction over five days in 1987 of the Kidspace playground in Middlebury by 1,300 community volunteers.
Ernie produced several thousand digital images of musicals, plays and operas for the Middlebury Community Players, Opera Company of Middlebury, Middlebury College-Community Chorus, Town Hall Theater, Inc. and others.
His photographs were seen in the Addison County Chamber of Commerce directory, the Addison Independent, and various Middlebury College publications. The Vermont Arts Council selected the death scene photograph from Carmen for the cover of its 2004 Annual Report. His Carmen photographs were shown at Gallery in-the-Field in Brandon in May and June 2006.
He enjoyed many kinds of music (even beginning to like opera) and traveling to new places with his wife Mary, but most of all sitting on the deck.
He adored his children and grandchildren, and equally loved to tease them and photograph them. He kept his well-known wit and sense of humor to the end. Ernie touched the lives of all who knew him and will always be remembered as caring, generous and thoughtful by all his family and friends.
Ernie is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Mary; mother, Mildred Longey of Middlebury; sister, Linda Longey of Shoreham; brother, Reggie Longey of Rutland; three daughters, Kim and her husband Brian McCarthy of North Quincy, Mass., Becky and her husband Scott Coltey of Benson, and Jen and her husband Scott Jacobs of Middlebury; granddaughters Kiara and Elizabeth (Becky’s children); his wife’s parents, Lon and Gloria King of South Burlington; and wife’s sister, Nancy deTarnowsky and her husband Nick and son Kyle of Richmond.
He was predeceased by his father Hugh Longey in February 1994.
The family would like to thank all those who cared for Ernie last Thursday and Friday from the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance and at Porter Hospital and Fletcher Allen Health Care.
A memorial service will be planned for early January (date and location to be published at a later time). Arrangements are in the care of Sanderson Funeral Service in Middlebury.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ernie’s memory may be made to Town Hall Theater Inc., P.O. Box 128, Middlebury, VT 05753, or to the charity of your choice.
To send online condolences to the family, visit www.sandersonfuneralservice.com.
Ronald L. Kimball
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — Ronald L. Kimball, 54, of Old Orchard Beach died Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, at Southern Maine Medical Center. He was born April 12, 1953, in Middlebury, the son of Chester A. and Lavina R. (Steady) Kimball.
The family moved to Old Orchard Beach in 1960 where he was educated and graduated from Old Orchard Beach High School, where he was a three sport athlete, with the class of 1971. He went on to work several trucking jobs and began driving for Hannaford Brothers in 1979, a company he worked for until September of this year.
On May 14, 2006, he married Terri Virdinlia in Old Orchard Beach.
According to family, Ron was an avid sports enthusiast. As an adult he competed on local softball leagues and pool tournaments. He enjoyed music, Nascar and, above all, the Boston Red Sox. He was a member of VFW Post 7997 in Old Orchard Beach.
He is survived by his wife, Terri Kimball of Old Orchard Beach; his parents of New Haven; one daughter, Erin Kimball Sirois and her husband Rick of Augusta, Maine; two sons, Patrick Kimball of Saco, Maine, and Lee Kimball of Portland, Maine; two step-children: Jocelyn and Alex Cartier of Limerick, Maine; two brothers, Craig of New Haven, and Michael of Vergennes; one sister, Laurie Parke of Saco; his grandson; a newborn granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturady, Dec. 22, at Cathedral Pines Funeral Home, 156 Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
Wayne enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 1953 and served for five years in Fort Dix and Japan. Upon his discharge from the Army he returned to Vermont and began work at Simmonds Precision in Vergennes. On Oct. 27, 1962, he married his wife of 45 years, Constance (Tucker) Hobbs. He retired from Simmonds/Hercules/Goodrich after 35 years of employment.
After retirement, his first part-time job was at the Addison County Transfer Station in Middlebury. He also worked part-time for the Addison Independent, delivering papers to the local businesses. He also worked for the Saint Peter’s Cemetery Association, maintaining the Catholic cemetery in Vergennes. He then worked for Bet-Cha Transit driving a school bus for the Addison Elementary School.
Wayne was also a longtime member of the Vergennes Volunteer Fire Department. At the time of his death he was also a member of American Legion Post 14 of Vergennes and the Eagles Club, Aerie 3801. He played in the Bristol softball league, pitching for the C & F LeBeau team. He later became an umpire for the league. He was also a member of The Otter Creek Choral Society.
Wayne leaves his daughter, Maria Brown and her spouse Lance; his son, Wayne Hobbs Jr. and his partner Frank-Philipp Graner; four grandchildren; his siblings, June Dragon of North Swanzy, N.H., Lydia Dragon of Winchester, N.H., Barbara Loomis of Hydeville, Maureen Lussier of Gansevoort, N.Y., Burton Hobbs of Pittsford, Bernard Hobbs of Rutland, and Albert Hobbs of Middlebury; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Carolyn, Fred and Stewart.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Vergennes Congregational Church. Interment was in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 77 Hegeman Ave., Colchester, VT 05449, and Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753, and St. Peter’s Cemetery Association, South Maple St., Vergennes, VT 05491.
Robert H. Carpenter
BRISTOL — Robert H. Carpenter, 79, of Bristol died Dec. 18, 2007, at Julie Blair Rehabilitation in Albany, N.Y. He was born Sept. 6, 1928, in Bristol, the son of Harold W. and Mildred M. Carpenter.
He served in the Korean War and was presented the Purple Heart and several other medals. On Aug. 28, 1963, he married Shirley J. Harder. He worked throughout his life as a carpenter. He was also a member of American Legion Post No. 19 in Bristol. According to family, he enjoyed traveling, hunting, hiking, camping and was an all around outdoors man.
He is survived by a son, Scott Carpenter and companion Stephanie Vandoran of Kingsbury, N.Y.; a daughter, Bobbie Prime and husband Jeffery of Hudson Falls, N.Y.; five grandchildren; two sisters, Marie Noyce and Olive Babcock, both of Bristol; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Donald Carpenter; a son, Robert Banjo Carpenter; and a grandson.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Interment will be in Mt. St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post No. 19, Bristol, VT 05443.
George D. Bennett
FERRISBURGH — George D. Bennett, 68, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, at Vermont Respite House in Williston. He was born Oct. 18, 1939, in Scarborough, Maine, the son of Harold and Ruth Morrison Bennett.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Scarborough, Maine. He also served as a town lister and school board member of St. George.
He is survived by his children, Kerri Bennett of New York City, N.Y.; James Bennett of Waltham; Mindy Bennett of Burlington; two grandchildren; a brother and sister; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Vergennes United Methodist Church. Interment was in Gage Cemetery in Ferrisburgh.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495.