WEYBRIDGE — On Sept. 18, at the age of 56, Scott Vernon Galipeau lost his long, hard-fought battle with cancer. His will to survive was as strong as his heart was big. Scott was a man of integrity, gentle and kind. He created his days building gorgeous barns and beautiful homes that will stand for lifetimes to come. His days started bright and early, often rising as our chickens awoke. Scott jumped into his pickup, and cranked up classic rock. He then traveled to job sites, picking up several employees along the way. His job sites were filled with laughter, music and lots of picking on each...

NEW HAVEN — James Robert Ford, 73, died Sunday evening Sept. 20, 2020, at Porter Medical Center after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born Sept. 6, 1947, in Middlebury, the son of Robert R. Ford and Joyce (Edwards) Ford. Jim was a graduate of Vergennes Union High School class of 1966. He married Sylviasue Dickey on April 4, 1970, in Vergennes. He worked for Joseph P. Carrara & Sons Inc., in maintenance, retiring after 40 years of service. Jim was an avid hunter and spent many hours in the woods. Jim made many significant contributions to the fire service in New Haven, Addison...

SALISBURY — Quilter, author, and social worker Carol Ferland died at the Shard Villa Care Home on Sept. 19, at the age of 84. She was a skilled folk art quilter. Her traditional and applique quilts were frequently displayed in Middlebury and sold privately and at festivals. Her home-studio accumulated as much fabric as the quilting stores she loved to frequent. She often gave her quilts away as gifts. She wrote a novel called “The Long Journey Home,” published by Knopf in 1980, that was a fictionalized account of her recovery from a nervous breakdown. The book was met with critical acclaim...

ORWELL — Magloire Ferdinand Audet, age 88, peacefully passed away on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, at Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Middlebury. Magloire was born in Shoreham on Oct. 23, 1931, the son of Fortunat and Emerilda Audet. He grew up in Orwell, where his family settled and bought a farm after emigrating from Canada. Magloire has been a dairy farmer all his life. In 1948 he and his brother Norman purchased the Arthur Farm, which was next door to the family farm. They worked together until 1958. Magloire went on to develop Audet’s Holsteins with his wife Betty, whom he...

BETHEL — Virginia Kent (Witherell) Carpenter, 79, passed Sept. 9, 2020, after putting up a good fight with several health issues for a number of years. Virginia (Ginny) Kent (Witherell) Carpenter was born March 30, 1941, in Rutland, VT to Helen Myrtie (Kent) Witherell and Sanford Stowell Witherell Sr. After school and a brief time in Boston (of which she always spokefondly) she came back to Vermont and met her future husband John E. Carpenter Sr. They married July 3, 1976. The next year they had their only child, Susan Amy Carpenter. She then became a full time mother. Virginia spent many...

AUGUSTA, Maine — Zachary Harder passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 18, 2020, while biking on an autumn day in Maine. He lived every day to its fullest, doing what he loved, and thus he died doing what he loved. He left us too soon, but was spared the heartache that we all now face in his absence. He lived a truly happy life. Born on Jan. 28, 1989, Zachary grew up and went to school in Middlebury, Vt. He spent his last years in Augusta, Maine. As a child, many summer days were spent fishing with his brother for “lunkers” in the Otter Creek, exploring in the woods, hunting for old bottles with...

BURLINGTON — Debbie Jean Peryea, 61, passed away at her residence in Burlington. She was born Jan. 18, 1959, in Middlebury, to Harold and Jean Peryea. She received her education in Middlebury Debbie married Real Bergeron. She loved embroidery, cross-stitching and rug hooking. She loved Country music, watching TV and family reunions. Debbie was predeceased by her parents; Real Bergeron; Charles Alexander; brothers David and Tommy; and many other family members. She is survived by her sisters June Mitchell and Kathy Peryea of Middlebury; brother Raymond (MaryAnn) of Lincoln; two nieces, Julie...

WEYBRIDGE — Janice Lorraine Rich of Weybridge, Vt., passed away on Sept. 18, 2020, following a long illness, at Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing. Born Janice Lorraine Lilly on Nov. 2, 1936, to Victor and Helen (Daniels) Lilly, Janice grew up in Orwell, Vt. Janice was predeceased by her beloved husband Leslie Howard Rich Sr. on Dec. 18, 2004. They were married in Orwell, Vt., on April 11, 1953, where they lived and raised their two sons before moving to Weybridge, Vt. in 1974. An avid gardener, bird watcher, and masterful seamstress, Jan could name every weed, flower, tree and native...

BRISTOL — Elizabeth Rae Simonds, born on July 18, 1960, and married to Derek Simonds, passed in her childhood home on Sept. 11, 2020. Beth sadly left behind two grandchildren whom she adored, Jaxson Ramone, 2, and Autumn Katherine, 8. Beth grew up on the Fuller Farm in Bristol, Vt. She married young and had her first child, Randy Russell. She spent some time traveling as her first husband was deployed to Guam for the Vietnam War. She returned to the family farm and remarried, having her second child Cassandra Fraser. Beth raised her children on the family farm and couldn’t have been more...
MIDDLEBURY — Robert A. Norton, 96, passed away peacefully on Sept. 14, 2020, at the Helen Porter Memory Unit. Bob was born in 1924 and was raised in Birmingham, Mich. He graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill., and then attended Carleton College. While in college, he enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was transferred to active service in 1944. He served with the 9th Armored Division, 52nd Armored Infantry Battalion. He went ashore at Omaha Beach four months after D-Day and fought in the Ardennes and near Bastogne, Belgium. He was captured by the Germans at the Battle of the Bulge...


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