Obituaries


CHRISTOPHER M. CARGIULO
04/20/2020
PANTON — Christopher  (Chris) Cargiulo of Panton, Vt., passed away on April 14, 2020. He was born in Yonkers, N.Y. on Jan. 15, 1969, to Margaret and Michael Cargiulo. Chris was raised in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. He attended Yorktown schools and was a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh. Chris was a sales representative for Macauley Foods of Barre, Vt.  He worked hard to make sure that his customers got whatever they needed. Chris was a diehard N.Y. Yankees and Dallas Cowboys fan who enjoyed playing softball and disc golf and especially enjoyed spending time with his son, Mason. Chris is survived by...

LINDA M. (BROWN) PIDGEON
04/20/2020
KEENE, N.H. — Linda M. Pidgeon, 74, of Keene, N.H.,  passed away on April 8, 2020, with family by her side following a period of declining health. She was born on Sept. 19, 1945, in Middlebury, Vt., the daughter of the late Mildred (Desjadon) and Clifford Brown. She attended Middlebury area schools. Linda’s childhood friends and family lovingly knew her by the nickname “Hitch.” On April 19, 1975, Linda married Robert L. Pidgeon. They celebrated over 35 years together before his passing in 2010. Linda had a long and varied career. She worked for many years as a CNA/LNA in both Vermont and New...

VERGENNES — Robert C. Barrows Sr., 94, passed away Monday, April 13, 2020, at his home in Vergennes. He was born Dec. 7, 1925, in Vergennes. After graduating high school in 1944 he joined the Army Air Force. After the Army he attended UVM and graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating he was hired by Simmonds Precision and worked there for 44 years. He was predeceased by two sons (Skipper) Robert C. Barrows, Jr. and Thomas Barrows. He leaves two daughters, Susan Button of Mississippi and Lynn M. Barrows of Addison. He leaves several nieces and nephews, many grand and great-grandchildren. Services to be held at a later date. To send online condolences to his family visit brownmcclayfuneralhomes.com.◊
04/17/2020
VERGENNES — Robert C. Barrows Sr., 94, passed away Monday, April 13, 2020, at his home in Vergennes. He was born Dec. 7, 1925, in Vergennes. After graduating high school in 1944 he joined the Army Air Force. After the Army he attended UVM and graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating he was hired by Simmonds Precision and worked there for 44 years. He was predeceased by two sons (Skipper) Robert C. Barrows, Jr. and Thomas Barrows. He leaves two daughters, Susan Button of Mississippi and Lynn M. Barrows of Addison. He leaves several nieces and nephews, many grand and...

THOMAS LEE CHRISTIAN
04/14/2020
ORWELL — Thomas Lee Christian, age 81, passed away Friday, April 10, 2020, at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Mr. Christian was born in Rutland on April 25, 1938. He was the son of Leo and Virginia (Fortier) Christian. He grew up in Orwell, where he received his early education and graduated from Brandon High School, class of 1956. He was a lifelong Orwell resident. In his earlier years he worked for the State of Vermont building dams in Addison. He drove a milk truck for Ken Macfarlane for several years. He has been a truck driver for over 36 years. He drove a milk truck for...

ALFREDA ANNA LAFRANCE
04/14/2020
BRISTOL — Alfreda LaFrance was born on July 31, 1929, at home on Fitch Street in Bristol, Vt. She was the third daughter born to Alfred John and Gertrude (Tennien) Hagan. Our loving mom went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 19, 2020, while living in Lakeland, Fla. She is preceded in death by her husband, Osborne Oscar LaFrance; son, Osborne Joseph; grandson, Jonathan Brown; and sisters Gladys Hagan and Helen Cyr. Alfreda was first and foremost a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother with a gentle soul and a loving heart for her family. Her sisters were her best friends. They worked part-...

JOHN CONNELL LEWIS JR.
04/14/2020
WOODSTOCK — John Connell Lewis Jr., 84, died peacefully Friday, April 10, 2020 at Mertens House in Woodstock, Vt. He was born on Aug. 4, 1935, in Atlantic City, N.J., the son of John C. and Ella Lewis, and attended the Peddie School. John met his wife of 58 years, Susan Lockwood Lewis, while attending Middlebury College, where he graduated in 1958 with a Masters degree in Chemistry. They settled in downtown Middlebury not far from where they met on campus. John was creative in everything he did. In business he decided to follow his heart and started his own business, Tucel Industries, a...
04/14/2020
PROCTOR — Ralph Sweet, 73, of Proctor, died March 10, 2020, at the home of his caregivers, Burton H. and Rita McCullough. He was born in Burlington, Jan. 2, 1947, the son of Joseph and Charlena (Shortsleeve) Sweet. Ralph was employed at the McCullough Family farm for 45 years. He enjoyed riding his bicycle, snowmobiling, karaoke, coloring and farming. Surviving are a sister, Marjorie Booska of Vergennes, three brothers, Robert Sweet and Roy Sweet of North Carolina and Rodney Sweet of Winooski, several nieces and nephews as well as his extended McCullough family. A celebration of life will be...

HARRIETT (STAGG) GRIFFITH
04/09/2020
VERGENNES — Harriett (Stagg) Griffith passed peacefully on April 2, 2020, at the age of 89. She was preceded in death by her friend and partner, William H. Scott. She was the mother of Larry, Irene, Donald and Diane. Another daughter, Linda, preceded her in death. She is survived by and will be remembered by her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends. Harriett will be best remembered for operating Scott Crane Company for many years until her retirement. A graveside service will be held  at a later date.◊

MARY BORDMAN SCUDDER
04/07/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Bordman Scudder, daughter of John Bordman and Helen Irvin, born on July 30, 1928, in Boston, Mass., passed away peacefully at home with loving family at her bedside, ending her courageous battle with cancer on April 2, 2020. Mary was a graduate of Concord Academy and Bryn Mawr College, where she received a BA degree in Art History. She married Townsend Scudder Jr. from New Haven, Conn., in 1950. Mary and her husband, Towney settled in Neshanic, N.J., with their four children and lived there for 59 years before retiring to Middlebury, Vt., in 2013. Their marriage was one of...

EDIE BECKWITH
04/06/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Edie Beckwith passed away on April 1. She was born to Everett Cowan and Madie Hayden on Aug. 25, 1922, in Memphis, Tenn. She married Jack Beckwith on March 20, 1943, in Suffern, N.Y. Jack and Edie met at Middlebury College. They raised two children, Leslie and Lee. They had three granddaughters, Brett, Mica and Audrey, and four great-grandsons, JD, Zen, Liam and Mikko. Among the apartments in the Middlebury area, they lived above the IGA, across from the Marquis Theater. The ice man brought blocks of ice in those days and Jack went to war, becoming a pilot of D.C. 3s, and as a...

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