Robert L. Fuller
GRANVILLE — Robert L. Fuller, 83, of Granville, died early Sunday morning, March 8, 2009, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.
He was born October 20, 1925, in New Brunswick, N.J., the son of LeRoy M. and Adelaide (Kreiger) Fuller. He was raised in Highland Park, N.J., and received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Rider College in Trenton, N.J. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was married to Carol Jones on June 9, 1951, in Basking Ridge, N.J., where they lived until moving to Woodstock, Vt., in 1979 and to Granville in 1981. He was a certified public accountant and worked for Price Waterhouse and Johnson & Johnson.
He purchased Granville Manufacturing Company in 1980 and never retired. Family says he enjoyed traveling, golfing, deep sea fishing, cooking and fine cuisine, and was a voracious reader. He was an Eagle Scout and served as president of the Middlesex Boy Scouts Council.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Fuller of Granville; two sons, Jeffrey Fuller of Warren and Douglas Fuller of Granville; two daughters, Debbie Budd of Flemington, N.J., and Cindy Fuller of Granville; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorial services will be held Friday, June 5, at 11 a.m. at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel in Randolph Center, with Rev. Wayne Holsman officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery. There are no calling hours.
Online condolences may be left at www.dayfunerals.com. Contributions in his memory may be made to Valley Sports Memorial Fund (VSMF), c/o White River Credit Union, 96 N. Main St., Rochester, VT 05767.
William W. Crossman
NEW CANAAN, Conn./WEST ADDISON, Vt. — William W. Crossman of New Canaan, Conn., and West Addison, Vt., passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside Saturday, February 28, 2009, following a brief illness. He was the son of Homer Danforth and Emily May (Whittard ).
He was a graduate of the University of Miami with a bachelor of science degree in engineering science and a master of business administration degree. He was a retired senior vice president of the cable wire and communications division of ITT Corporation. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve and the U.S. Air Force.
One of his favorite pastimes was boating on Lake Champlain and spending time with his family and friends at his cabin at Owl’s Head Harbor. In his younger days he enjoyed golf and hunting. In his later years a glass of wine and a good cigar on his cabin deck absorbing the beauty of the lake.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; three children, William Jr., Lindsay and Michael; four grandchildren, Jesse, Dylan and Brittney and Kelsey.
A memorial service will be held this summer in Addison County.
Memorial gifts in his name may be made to Lake Champlain Committee, 106 Main St., Suite 200 Burlington, VT 05401 or at www.lakechamplaincommittee.org.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — A memorial service for Olive Colwell, who died Jan. 6, 2009, at her home in East Middlebury, will be held on Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. The service will be held at Havurah House, located at 56 North Pleasant St. (Route 7) in Middlebury.
The service will be held in the manner of Friends (Quakers), with participants encouraged to speak out of the silence to share messages.
Child care will be provided. All who knew Olive are welcome to attend.
Hazel Chambers Beckwith
NEW HAVEN — Hazel Chambers Beckwith, 98, died Saturday, March 7, 2009, at the home of her care providers in Vergennes.
She was born in Tinmouth on May 2, 1910, the daughter of Charles and Carolyn (Ellis) Leonard. She received her early education in local Tinmouth schools and graduated from West Rutland High School, class of 1928. She afterwards attended the University of Vermont and received her degree in elementary school education, class of 1930.
Her first teaching assignment was at the Willmarth School in South Addison, where she taught for five years. She then was transferred to the two-room Addison Corner School, teaching grades five through eight for the next five years and later to the new Addison School in 1940. She taught as a teaching principal at the new Addison Central School from 1953 until 1966. She then returned to regular classroom teaching until her retirement in 1975.
Following her retirement she and her husband, Howard Beckwith — whom she married August 13, 1959, in Vergennes — spent winters in Florida and summers in Vermont. He died December 9, 1986. Over the years she helped organize two 4-H clubs and taught Sunday school at the Addison Baptist Church. She also was a member of the Grandview Grange, where she served as secretary for 10 years. She served on numerous committees for the local school districts where she worked. She belonged to the Vermont State Retired Teachers Association and was a member of the Vermont Educational Association.
She is survived by a daughter, Linda Moyer of Middletown Springs; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several close friends.
She was predeceased by her brother, Ernest Leonard, and her son-in-law, John Moyer.
A graveside committal service and burial will take place, at a later date, in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven. There are no public calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in her memory, to the charity of one’s choice.