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ARNOLD CHARLES GALE
SALISBURY — Arnold Charles Gale, age 80, passed away Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at Helen Porter Health & Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. Mr. Gale was born in Middlebury on April 15, 1941. He was the son of Bernard “Hap” and Lillian (Anderson) Gale. He grew up in Salisbury, where he received his education. Mr. Gale worked in maintenance for the Lake Dunmore Boys and Girls Camp for over 25 years. He later joined the staff at Camp Keewaydin for several years before his retirement in 2002. He was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping and gardening. He loved animals,...
Leo O’Brien, Jr. of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and South Burlington, Vt., passed away peacefully after a short illness at his Vermont home on Saturday, September 18, 2021 surrounded by his family. Above all, Leo loved his family and his family loved him. He was a kind, caring and wonderful dad and devoted husband. With his calm demeanor and steady patient hand, he led his family through good times and difficult times. With six kids there were a lot of both. We will always remember him saying, “Do not worry, do not fright, everything will be alright.” Everybody liked Leo. He was a good friend to...

SANDRA M. DRISCOLL
VERGENNES — If you haven’t picked up a book in a while, take a moment and visit your local library. Learn about someone else’s story in memory of Sandra Driscoll of Vergennes, Vt., who passed on Aug. 25, 2021.  Sandy was born in Middlebury, Vt., on April 27, 1944, and spent much of her childhood living at Tilton School in Tilton, N.H., where her father taught chemistry. She experienced the bustle of students while living in their family apartment in the residence halls and eating in the dining hall. Her childhood summers were spent at the Slack family camp on Hawkins Bay in Ferrisburgh, Vt.,...

FRANCIS W. BENJAMIN
Francis W. Benjamin, 74, of Bristol, Vt., passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. Francis was born in Chester, VT., on April 29, 1947. Son of the late Richard and Alberta Benjamin (Lafountain), Francis enjoyed listening to country music, spending time with family and friends and playing Yahtzee with everyone. Francis worked as a laborer for his brother-in-law for many years before he took early retirement. Francis leaves behind the love of his life, Bertha Benjamin, and a very special friend, Theresa Bouger; two daughters, Nardy Thompson and Jodie...
CARTHAGE, Mo. — George A. Bell passed away on September 15, 2021 in California, while on a trip visiting friends. He was born on November 13, 1951 to the late George H. Bell and Betty Bell of New Haven. He grew up in New Haven and graduated from Vergennes Union High School in 1969. Soon after he enlisted in the US Air Force and did his basic training at Lackland AFB in Colorado. After graduation, he was sent to Spain for the remainder of his service. In 1972 he married Judy A. Simpson and settled in New Haven. George spent the next 20 years working on various farms around Vt. He felt great...
NEW HAVEN — A graveside service for Ruth Paraskevopoulos, who died Dec. 17, 2020, is planned for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven.
RIPTON — A Memorial Service for long-time Ripton resident Carl Smith will be held at the Ripton Community House on Oct. 4, 2021, from 11 a..m-2 p.m. Smith passed away on Nov. 29, 2020, but services were delayed until this fall.
BURLINGTON — Nicole J. Crawford, 38, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. She was born in Middlebury on Dec. 6, 1982, the daughter of David A. and Stacey (Warner) Rochon. She was employed at Champlain Farms Convenience Stores and Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant for a time. Along with her children, she leaves her mother, Stacey Leggett and stepfather, George Leggett; her father, David Rochon and step-mother, Mary Rochon; her siblings, Danielle and Chip Bugbee and Chelsea Rochon, and numerous step-siblings; her paternal grandmother, Margaret Rochon; and many aunts, uncles and extended family...

EDWARD MCEACHERN FOSTER
MIDDLEBURY — Edward McEachern Foster, a longtime resident of Middlebury, Vt., and Cape Coral, Fla., passed away peacefully at The Arbors at Shelburne on Sept. 9, 2021. He was 88 years old. The son of Dana Eddy and Ellis Foster, Ed spent his teenage years working at Persons and Foster Garage, a Chrysler-Plymouth franchise that became a central part of his life and formed his love of cars. Ed graduated from Middlebury High School in 1951. He attended the University of Vermont, where he was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity and met his wife of 61 years, Carolyn Knapp. He graduated from UVM’s...
BURLINGTON — Norman E. Groleau, 78, passed away on Sept. 2, 2021, at the University of Vermont Medical Center after no longer being able to overcome the uncertainty of the illness he was facing. Norm was born on Sept. 18, 1942, in Brookfield, Vt., the son of Patrick and Georgiana Groleau. Norm was happily married to Claire (Crete) Groleau for almost 56 years. They raised four sons and did a lot of camping. They were in total harmony on the dance floor. Norm and Claire had a wonderful life and were able to truly enjoy retirement. They traveled cross country and spent winters in Florida and...

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