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DOUGLAS RAYMOND WILLIAMS
ORRTANNA, Pa. — Douglas Raymond Williams, of Orrtanna, Pa., passed away peacefully on Jan. 26, 2020. He was born in Middlebury, Vt., on Sept. 7, 1950, the son of the late Everett and Pauline (Rocheleau) Williams. Doug is survived by his wife Karen; four children and their spouses, Jennifer Williams of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Jonathan and Diane Williams of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Amanda and Tom Morrison of Fort Mill, S.C. and Robert and Lila Gach of Manassas, Va.; and 11 grandchildren. He also leaves behind his brother, Phillip Williams and his partner Paula Mayer of Middlebury, Vt.; sister Donnalee...

DOUGLAS R WOODS
BRIDPORT — Douglas R. Woods passed away Jan. 26, 2020, at the age of 66, while working at Goodwill in Williston. Douglas lived in Bridport with his son Joseph J. Woods. He spent his life doing what he loved, raising his two sons, Joseph and Charles E. Woods (deceased) and his daughter Lily A. Fleming. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, retiring as a Master Sergeant. He also enjoyed working with his hands. If you wish to pay your respects or attend his memorial service this fall feel free to call 802-758-2790.
BENNINGTON — Milton A. Gardner Sr., 88, a former resident of West Addison, Vt. died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at Brookdale Fillmore Pond in Bennington following a long illness. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Ann Gardner of Bennington; three daughters, Margaret Blake of Williamstown, Mass., Marcia Gardner of Bennington and Bangor, Maine, Melissa Pratt of Bennington; two sons, Milton Gardner Jr. of Pownal and Mark Gardner of Shaftsbury; eleven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. At his request private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Guestbook condolences...

EDWARD O. BOUDREAU
BRIDPORT — Edward O. Boudreau 85, passed away Monday evening, Feb. 3, 2020, surrounded by his loved ones, at the University of  Vermont Medical Center after a brief illness He was born April 6, 1934, in Holyoke, Mass., the son of Joseph and Margaret (Melancon) Boudreau. Eddy served in the Navy from 1953-1957 in the Korean Era sailing the Mediterranean. He married Monique L. Plouffe on April 12, 1958. Eddy was employed for many years as a machinist with Standard Register in Middlebury, retiring in 1996. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, playing horseshoes, golfing with Corey Pratt and entering in...

ROBERT SEELEY
BRISTOL — Robert Seeley, our Beloved Bobby, passed away peacefully on Feb. 5, 2020, in his home. He was surrounded by his family, loving caregivers and friends. He will be greatly missed by his caregiver and friend of 37 years, Gail O’Brien, fellow helper Chris O’Brien, brother at heart, Cory O’Brien and his family, as well as his sister at heart, Jessica and her family. He will be greeted in Heaven by his loving caregiver, Jon O’Brien. The O’Briens wish to thank all of Bobby’s loving caregivers: Kolleen, his services coordinator; Bethany and Amanda, his community and home care staff; and...

LOIS ANN SKILLINGS
MIDDLEBURY — Lois Ann Skillings, 90, of Middlebury, passed away peacefully at EastView at Middlebury on Feb. 6, 2020. Lois Ann was born in Rutland on July 22, 1929 daughter of the late Isabelle (Noble) and William H. White. She grew up in Middlebury, graduating from high school in 1947. She maintained connection with classmates for many years. Lois Ann was valedictorian of her graduating class and was awarded a scholarship to Middlebury College. She was a long-time employee of the State of Vermont, serving as Addison County Court Clerk for nearly twenty years. She was an advocate for county...

ROGER ALAN FREEGARD
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
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
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
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...

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