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ROGER ALAN FREEGARD
02/10/2020
VERGENNES — Roger Alan Freegard, 70, died Tuesday evening Feb. 4, 2020, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington after a brief illness. He was born July 3, 1949, in Vergennes, the son of Charles and Sarah (Jerome) Freegard. Roger was a graduate of Vergennes High School class of 1968. He married Joan Sweet on January 4, 1969, in Vergennes. Roger was a dairy farmer and school bus driver for many years in Vergennes. He enjoyed socializing, reading and spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors are his wife, Joan Freegard of Vergennes; his children, Melissa Bourgeois (Alaric...

HARRY (TED) COLWELL
02/06/2020
MIDDLEBURY — A memorial gathering for Harry (Ted) Colwell, who died Nov. 28, 2019, will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct., Middlebury.  

RICHARD EDWARD DEEGAN
02/06/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Richard Edward Deegan, known to family and friends as Dick, passed on Jan. 31, 2020, at the age of 74. He is the son of Genevieve Cox Deegan and Edward James Deegan and the stepson of Agnes Cox Deegan. Dick grew up in Woodbridge, Conn., where he graduated from Amity Regional High School. He earned of Bachelor of Science degree for Northeastern University and an M.B.A. from the University of Detroit. His professional career was spent in Human Resources at Ford Motor Company, where he was a supervisor of personnel. Upon his retirement he opened and operated “Jonesport by the Sea,”...

KEVIN J. DRAPER
02/06/2020
WALTHAM — Kevin J. Draper passed away suddenly on the afternoon of Jan. 30, 2020. Kevin was born on Sept. 6, 1954, the son of Edward and Helen Draper. He lived the first years of his life in Richford, Vt. The entire family moved to Middlebury, Vt., in the summer of 1960. Kevin graduated from Middlebury Union High School in 1972, and immediately joined the Navy. He always liked to cook, and he became a Navy cook. He enjoyed his years in the Navy as it gave him the opportunity to explore parts of the world he had only read about. When he left the Navy, Kevin went to Johnson and Wales in Rhode...

RICHARD “DICK” JAMES PAGE
02/06/2020
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Richard “Dick” James Page, husband of Marie Burke Page, passed away peacefully in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in his 76th year. The son of Robert and Julia (Weaver) Page, Dick was born in Lynn, Mass., and raised with his sister and two brothers in Bristol, Vt. Dick is mourned by wife Marie. Dick is predeceased by his daughter Theresa Hancock and mourned by her surviving husband Andrew Hancock with their children Heather, Hunter, and Sara. Dick is survived by son Richard Page Jr. with his children Trey, Garrett, and Chelsea. Dick is also survived by son Shane...

CLAIRE ELEANOR RIVERS
02/06/2020
VERGENNES — Claire Eleanor Rivers, 73, of Vergennes died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at EastView at Middlebury. She was born Aug. 31, 1946, in Ferrisburgh to Bertha (Briggs) and James Rivers. A life-long Addison County resident, Claire worked at Simmonds Precision, Pete Hansen Plumbing & Heating, and B.F. Goodrich. She is survived by her stepson William Hansen and his wife Genevieve Hansen of Roxbury, Vt., and brother Jim Rivers of Florida and two grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, her twin sister Margaret Stanton and her sister Mary Benoit. A memorial service will be held...

LEA R. SNEIDER
02/06/2020
NEW YORK CITY — Lea Ruth Sneider, 94, passed away peacefully at her home on the West Side of Manhattan, in the company of her husband Rutherford Poats and her daughter, Dena. Born in 1925 in Jersey City, N.J., she was the daughter of Samuel and Deborah Tartalsky. While studying music and philosophy at the University of Michigan, Lea met Richard Sneider, then an officer in the U.S. Army being trained as a Japanese language officer. They were married in the midst of World War II, in 1944, before he went off to combat in the Pacific. He joined the State Department in 1948, going on to a...
02/03/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The celebration of life for Kevin Draper, 65, who passed away Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, will be held on Friday, Feb. 7, from 4-7 p.m., at the American Legion, 49 Wilson Rd., Middlebury.  A full obituary will follow at a later time.  
01/30/2020
LINCOLN — Martha L. Atkins, 75, of Lincoln, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at her home with her loving family around her. She was born in Colchester, Vt., to Ralph and Ruby (Naylor) Prouty on Oct. 23, 1944. Martha is survived by her son Walter I. Atkins Jr., his significant other Karen Cox and a daughter Julie Atkins of Winooski. Chase and Caleb Atkins of Lincoln were her pride and joy as grandchildren, idolized by their grandmother. Dixie, (her dog as she would say), will also miss her dearly, along with her treats. Martha is also survived by three brothers; Richard Prouty and his...

WAYNE E. BARROWS
01/30/2020
VERGENNES — Wayne E. Barrows, 74, passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at Rutland Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 18, 1945, in East Middlebury, the son of Rex and Vera Manning Barrows. He was a member of Vermont Tractor Pullers, Odd Fellows, and Assembly of God Christian Center. He loved working at his son’s lawncare business and gardening. His hobbies were playing cards, fishing, tractor pulling, running the scale at Field Days and being president of the activity committee at his nursing home. His infectious laugh will be missed. Wayne...

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