Obituaries


MARILYN HALL ROBINSON
11/07/2019
SALISBURY — Marilyn Hall Robinson passed away peacefully at Shard Villa in Salisbury, Vt., on Nov. 3, 2019. She was 84 years old. Born Marilyn Webster Hall on Aug. 6, 1935, she grew up an only child to her parents, Walter and Mary (Webster) Hall in Yonkers, N.Y. Marilyn attended various New York schools and spent many a childhood summer at her family’s home in New Hampshire, or away at camp, where she often feigned sickness in hopes of being returned to the parents she so dearly loved and missed. Ultimately faced with real health challenges during childhood, young Marilyn developed grit,...

DAVID HOPKINS TIER
11/07/2019
MIDDLEBURY — David Hopkins Tier, 69, died at home in Middlebury on Oct. 31, 2019. He was predeceased by his parents, Irving and Nancy Hopkins Tier, and sister Mary Ann (Mat) Oxford. David was a 1972 graduate of Middlebury College and will be remembered by many locals as the longtime owner of and ace mechanic at The Bike Center. He was an environmental activist, promoting bicycles as transportation instead of cars and working for zero population growth. He participated in many demonstrations over the years, from protesting the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant to the more recent march to Montpelier...
11/05/2019
ADDISON — Erwin “Red” Clark, 87, of Addison, passed away on his birthday, Nov. 3, 2019, in the same house he was born in. He passed away only moments after “Happy Birthday” was sung to him by his whole family. He was born on Nov. 3, 1932, to Erwin Stickle Clark and Geraldine Lyon Clark. He married Janet Clark of Cornwall on Sept. 15, 1962. He graduated from Vergennes High School in 1949 and attended UVM. He served in the Air Force (1955-1959) as a weatherman, stationed on Iwo Jima in the Pacific. His radio handle was “Easy Charlie.” He was a dairy farmer in Addison for many years, owning...
11/04/2019
EAST MIDDLEBURY — William F. Chaffee, 70, of East Middlebury, Vt., passed away Oct. 24, 2019, with his family nearby after a brief illness. He was born March 4, 1949, in Weybridge, Vt., to Frank and Theresa (Marshall) Chaffee. He graduated from Middlebury Union High School in 1968. He married Alice T. Sawyer of Rutland, Vt., on Oct. 11, 1975. William had a house in East Middlebury into which Alice moved soon after they were married. He was a mechanic for over 40 years. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, including playing soccer with grandson Jayden. He banded birds with his sons...
11/04/2019
BRISTOL — Christopher M. Chaput, 44, of Bristol, Vt., passed away Oct. 30, 2019, surrounded by loving family and friends after a brief and defiant battle with cancer. He was born May 12, 1975, in Waterville, Maine, to Victor and Laura (Chapman) Chaput. Chris is survived by his wife Trichia (Estey) Chaput of Bristol, father Victor Chaput Sr. of Ferrisburgh, brother Victor “Rick” Chaput Jr. of Vergennes and sister April Fredette of Middlebury. Chris’s love and passion for firearms and the outdoors was matched only by his love of the many nieces and nephews who would spend time with their...

DOUGLAS WILLIAM HOPPS
11/04/2019
PORTLAND, Maine — Douglas William Hopps died in Portland, Maine, on Oct. 17, 2019, after a long illness. He was born in the hamlet of Garrison in the village of Cold Spring, N.Y., on May 26, 1959. He went to school in West Hartford, Conn., Westminster West, Vt., and graduated from Bellows Falls Union High School, Bellows Falls, Vt., in 1977. He earned a certificate from the Franklin School of Business in 1993. Douglas worked at Artech Electronics Ltd. in Burlington, Vt. He later was manager at several retail stores in South Burlington, Vt., and in 1996 moved to Albuquerque, N.M. for nine...

RALPH CHESTER "CHET" JEWEL
11/01/2019
VERGENNES — Chet passed away on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, peacefully, after a long illness, surrounded by his family. He was born in Monkton on Sept. 24, 1942, to Ernest and Ina (Thurston) Jewell. He lived in Monkton most of his life, wintering in Lake Placid, Fla. since 1991. Chet was a truck driver for over 50 years. Driving a Peterbilt truck was his passion. Chet is survived by his wife of 56 years Joyce (Shepard) Jewell; his five children, Lori, Tina, James (Sue), Glen (Kim) and Danny Jewell; seven grandchildren, Christopher, Michael, Melissa, Brian, Elizabeth, Andrew, and Akara; several...

LEON A. AUBIN
10/31/2019
VERGENNES — Leon A. Aubin, 84, of Vergennes, Vt., passed away on Oct. 25, 2019. He was born July 2, 1935 to Richard Joseph Aubin and Itha Aubin of North Hero, Vt. He was a communicant of St. Peter Catholic Church in Vergennes and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He graduated from Alburgh, Vt., High School in 1953 and from the State School of Agriculture in Randolph Center in 1954. He is survived by his wife Shirley and sons Mark (Jane), Bradley (Rose), David (Michelle) and six grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Mary and grandson Nathan. He is also survived by his nephew...

JOAN A. AUDET
10/31/2019
CORNWALL — Joan A. Audet, 87, died Saturday afternoon, Oct. 26, 2019, surrounded by her family at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. She was born Jan. 14, 1932, in Addison, the daughter of Alexis and Elizabeth (Boivin) Dubois. She attended Presentation of Mary High School in Granby, Quebec and graduated in 1950. On March 26, 1951, she married Henry Audet of Shoreham, Vt. They purchased a neighboring farm in Cornwall in 1953, where they raised their family. Joan was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of...

MARVELLA G. AVERY
10/31/2019
CORNWALL —  Marvella G. Avery, 61, died in the early  morning of Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at her residence in Cornwall surrounded by her family after a brief battle with cancer. She was born May 7, 1958, in Lancaster, Pa., the daughter of Robert Bushong Graybill and Marvella Goddard (Rich) Graybill. Marvella was a graduate of Manhiem Township High School in Lancaster, Pa., and received her B.S. Degree from Davis and Elkins College. She married James Avery on Oct. 17, 1981, in Lancaster, Pa. Mickey was someone who saw the best in everyone. She was a positive optimistic person who loved being...

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