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Obituaries (09/04/08)

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Guy E. Seager

RUTLAND — Guy E. Seager, 96, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2008, at the Meadows at Heritage Hill in Rutland.

Guy was born in Richford, N.Y., Oct. 19, 1911, the son of Scott E. and Melissa (Williams) Seager. He was the second-oldest child out of four children, and grew up on his father’s farm in Randolph, Vt. He graduated from Randolph High School where he met his future wife, Francis Lamson, who he married on Jan. 26, 1936.

He attended Rutland Business College and went to college in Flint, Mich., to study car dealership management. After his graduation he returned to Rutland and worked for his uncle, who owned the Rutland Buick Company.

He worked at the dealership for another 20 years until he took over the dealership and remained the owner for another 30 years. He had resided in Rutland for over 50 years and was very active in community affairs and was a member of the Shiners and Past Master of Rutland Masonic Lodge No. 79.

After his retirement, he and his wife lived in Florida and South Carolina before moving back to Brandon in 1993. During his retirement he was an avid golfer, and shuffleboard and bridge player.

Guy was always known for his wonderful wit and sometimes dry sense of humor.

Guy is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and her husband Franklin C. Sanderson Jr. of Brandon; and his four grandchildren, Franklin Sanderson III of Castleton, Bill G. Sanderson of Leicester, John H. Sanderson of Orwell and Susan L. Sanderson of Hubbardton. He is also survived by nine great-grandchildren.

He is predeceased by his wife, Frances Seager, who passed away Aug. 28, 2004; his son Stuart E. Seager on June 2, 1995; his granddaughter Sharon Lea Sanderson–Cerasoli on July 25, 1990; one sister Pam Baker; and two brothers, Scott and Alton Seager.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. Richard White, pastor of the Brandon Congregational Church, officiated. Private graveside committal services and burial followed in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Brandon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05701.

Arrangements are under the care of the Mallory Funeral Home, Fair Haven.


David Alan Richards Sr.

FRANKLIN COUNTY — David Alan Richards Sr., 35, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008, in Monkton. He was born on March 6, 1973, in St. Albans, the son of the late Homer Richards and the late Jane (Lestage) McWilliams.

He attended Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans. He owned and operated Final Cuts Tree and Crane Service and then the family business.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking and especially enjoyed being with his family.

He is survived by three sons, Eric Messier-Richards, David Richards Jr. and Robert Richards and their mother, Tammy, all of Monkton; his companion, Darlene Major of Richford and her three children, Brandy, James and Shane; a sister, Lisa Richards of Goffstown, N.H.; three brothers, Paul, Mark and Brian Parker; step-father Gary McWilliams of St. Albans and his three children, Gary, Paul and Jennifer; and step-mother Kolleen Richards of Maine and her daughter Mary.

His family will receive friends on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m.-noon in the Heald Funeral Chapel, 87 South Main St., St. Albans. Services will be at the convenience of the family.


Elaine Mayer

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — Elaine Mayer, 61, of Altamonte Springs, Fla., died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, at Florida Hospital in Altamonte. She was born May 1, 1947, in Bristol, Vt., and moved to the Orlando area in 1988 from New Hampshire.

She was an executive administrative assistant with Canteen Corp.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Rene; two daughters, Wendy Mayer and her husband Joe Hernandez of Winter Park, Fla., and Hannah Roque and her husband Raul of Winter Garden; three brothers, Michael Bromley and his wife Ann of Bristol, Charles Bromley and his wife Claudia of Salisbury, and James Bromley and his wife Sherrie of Irasburg; three sisters, Linda Poynter and her husband Jack of DeLand, Fla., Lois Butterfield and her husband John of Deltona, Fla., and Penny Koch and her husband Will of Claremont, N.H.; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held Friday, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m. in the Howell Branch Chapel of Collison Family Funeral Homes in Winter Park, Fla., with the Rev. Richard Wagoner officiating.


Harold E. Haskins

LEICESTER — Harold E. Haskins, 84, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

He was born Jan. 1, 1924, in Ripton, the son of  Arthur and Eleanor DeVoid Haskins.

Friends and family — who knew him as Pop, Gramp and Dad — described him as a loving and hard-working man who enjoyed working on cars and being in the garage; he loved animals, fishing, hunting and helping other people.

He is survived by his wife Thelma of Winooski; eight children, Edson Haskins and his wife Pearle and Robert Haskins and his wife Mabel of North Carolina; Douglas Haskins and his wife Kathy and Cheryl Pinkham and her companion Michael of Florida; Lenora Parker of Georgia; Patty Dodge and Judy Pearson and her husband Leonard of Brandon; Sadie Kemp and her husband Charles of Leicester; two step-children, Vernon Woodard and his wife Kim of Burlington and Veronica Cota of South Dakota; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Donna Haskins in 1978.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery in New Haven. Friends may call at Brown-McClay in Bristol on Thursday, Sept. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. Donations may be made to the Addison County Humans Society, Boardman Street, Middlebury, VT 05753, or to one’s favorite charity. 


Joshua Anthony Hall

GEORGIA — Joshua Anthony Hall, 22, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Bridgeport, Conn., on Feb. 25, 1986, the son of Pamela Jean Hall.  After his mother died on May 11, 1987, he and his sister then moved to Forest Dale, where he was raised by his maternal grandmother, the late Diane Whittemore Jones. She died Nov. 1, 2006.

He received his early education at Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon. Later, he traveled with his grandmother to Florida in the winters and back to Vermont in the summers, while his grandmother homeschooled him. In Vermont he worked on a farm in Middlebury during the summer months. He was a former participant of the Spectrum Program in Burlington.

He had joined the U.S. Marine Corps in October 2007 and was discharged in August 2008.  He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion.

He is survived by his sister, Shannon L. Nichols of Salisbury; two nieces and one nephew; and several uncles, aunts and cousins.

The graveside committal service and burial took place on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008, at Forestdale Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Joshua Hall Memorial Fund, c/o Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home, 26 Franklin St., Brandon, VT 05733.


Dorothy M. Bibeau

VERGENNES — Dorothy M. Bibeau, 82, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.

She was born July 6, 1926, in Seymour, Conn., the daughter of Adolphus and Mary (Lazurke) Sears.

She enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting Indian arrowheads, reading, cooking, picking wild berries and gathering wild vegetables.

She is survived by two sons, Randy Bibeau of Vergennes and Donald Myers and his wife Margie of Ferrisburgh; a daughter, Christine Bradford of Vergennes; two grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Delisle of Ferrisburgh; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. Donations may be made to Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 30 Porter Drive. Middlebury, VT 05753.

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