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CONNIE LEE HAWKINS
09/14/2020
FERRISBURGH — Connie Lee Hawkins, 72, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Charlotte. She was born June 19, 1948, in Middlebury, the daughter of Wade and Elizabeth (Rawson) Matot. She graduated from Vergennes High School in 1966 and she married Chester Hawkins on Jan. 14, 1966. She worked for the Steady Family and as a bookkeeper for Steady Transport while she was raising her two children and later on she worked full time. She was also a member of Champlain Valley Street Rodders Association. Her special talent was keeping everybody out of trouble. Connie is survived by her...

GARY A. LARSON
09/14/2020
BRISTOL — In the early hours on Monday, Aug. 31, Gary A. Larson left this life. He was brave in the face of treatment for the multiple cancer tumors in his body. With the support of hospice and his friends in the town of Bristol, Vt., Gary was cared for in his home, passing with his brother at his side. He was born Sept. 16, 1960, to Russ A. Rueger and Betty Danielson. Gary was a truly kind soul, dog whisperer, caring and gentle. He is survived by his brother Russ Rueger; nieces Shannon (Rueger) Bindler, Sarah (Rueger) Lindell, and Corrin (Rueger) Santa Cruz; and nephew Daniel Rueger. He was...

JOHN HENRY DUTRA MORRIS
09/14/2020
MIDDLEBURY — John Henry Dutra Morris, longtime resident of Middlebury, and more recently of Bennington, passed away on Sept. 7, 2020, after a protracted illness. John was born in Rutland in 1961. He was the son of the late Mildred Waite (Morris) Fogel and the late Henry Dutra Morris (of Rutland), and stepson of the late Samuel Fogel (of Middlebury). John was an avid fisherman and versatile musician, playing guitar, drums and piano. Unfortunately, his deteriorating health did not allow him to continue to participate in these activities. As a young man, John also called California and Utah home...
09/09/2020
CORNWALL — A graveside service for Linda M. Pidgeon, 74, of Keene, N.H., who passed away on April 8, 2020, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, Route 74, Cornwall.

IAN DAVID GRANT BOOTH
09/09/2020
FORESTDALE — Ian David Grant Booth, 85, of Forestdale, Vt., passed away peacefully with his family by his side at The Meadows Nursing Home. Ian was born March 4, 1935, in Vergennes, Vt., to Austin David Booth and Christine Grant Booth. He graduated from Vergennes Union High School in 1954. He joined the United States Air Force after graduating and was stationed for some time in Germany. He was employed by A & P and Grand Union for many years. In 1976 he fulfilled his dream of owning a general store. He owned Booth’s Junction Store in Forestdale, Vt., for 25 years. Ian was passionately...

WILLIAM RICH HOLWAY
09/09/2020
VERGENNES — William Rich Holway, 89, of Vergennes, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, at his home in Vergennes. He had resided with Gary and Elaine Russell for many years. He was born July 22, 1931, in Rutland, Vt. The son of Raymond and Kathryn Holway, he attended Rutland High School, Vilas School in Alstead, N.H., and Mt. Herman in Maine. Following high school, Bill hitchhiked across the United States twice, working at various jobs, from working in a mental institution to acting in a play whose main character was Vincent Price. Bill attended UCLA, Tufts University and Rhode Island School of...

JAMES DOUGLAS SPANNBAUER
09/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Doug’s Journey James Douglas Spannbauer died quietly at home, in Middlebury, Vt., Friday morning, Sept. 4, 2020, his battle with cancer, diabetes and heart health issues finally over. “Doug” entered this lifetime Feb. 18, 1935, born in Little Falls, N.Y., beloved son of Catherine and James Spannbauer. He was loved and pampered, an only child until his sister, Valerie Jean joined him ten years later. His father’s work, that of a shoe salesman, throughout the Albany, N.Y., area, left its mark on Doug, demonstrated by his love of shoes! His first appraisal upon meeting someone was...

HELEN FRANCES SPERRY
09/08/2020
CORNWALL — Helen Frances Sperry, age 95, passed away Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, at Helen Porter Health and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. Helen was born in East Middlebury, on April 29, 1925. She was the daughter of Roy and Edla (Piper) Sperry. She was really a lifelong resident of Cornwall, where she grew up and received her early education. She graduated from Middlebury High School. She worked for many years, in various capacities, at Kennedy Brothers in Vergennes. She was very shy but had a heart of gold. She was an avid gardener, and continued rototilling and mowing well into her 80s...

KENNETH MAXWELL DREW JR.
09/01/2020
FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. — Kenneth Maxwell Drew Jr. passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer and complications related to COVID-19. He was 84 years old. He was born to Gladys Shattuck and Kenneth (Ted) Maxwell Drew Sr. on June 25,1936, in Burlington, Vt. He attended Vergennes High School and earned the rank of Eagle Scout and the Bronze Palm in the Boys Scouts of America. Kenny enlisted in the Navy on June 20, 1954, and served on the Destroyer U.S.S. Warrington, DD-843, as an Electronics Technician. He served on the Vergennes Police Department and on the...

LORRAINE M. KENYON
09/01/2020
SALISBURY — Lorraine M. Kenyon passed away Aug. 24, 2020, at 64 years old at the UVM hospital in Berlin while being embraced by her loving husband. Lorraine fought a long, courageous battle with diabetes. Because of her strength she was able to extend her life with her family. Lorraine is a U.S. Army veteran and served in Colorado and Germany. She is also a graduate of O’Briens school of Cosmetology. She is survived by her husband David Kenyon of Salisbury; her daughter Karla Landry, her husband Ryan Landry and their children Reese and Colton Landry of Brookline, N.H.; her son Ryan Kenyon of...

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