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ROBERT “BOB” SMITH
PERRY, Fla./BRIDPORT, Vt. — Robert “Bob” Smith, 70, passed away on April 26, 2021 after a short battle with ALS and pneumonia, surrounded by his two children at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. Bob was born on December 2nd, 1950 the son of William Wallace “Wally” and Elizabeth “Betty” (Wilkinson) Smith in Mt. Holly, N.J. As a young adult Bob moved to Florida in 1973 and lived in the Tampa Bay area for 12 years, spent a year in California, and moved to Vermont in 1986. He lived in Vermont until retirement in 2019. Bob loved to travel and not stay in one place too long. Bob was a long-...

JAMES EDWARD BOUGOR
OHIO — James Edward Bougor, 53, of Ohio, passed away March 1, 2021. He was born in Middlebury Nov. 20, 1967, the son of Edward Anthony Bougor and Anna Margaret “Peg” Bingham Bougor. He grew up in Addison County and graduated from Middlebury Union High School. He was given a military funeral in Ohio and is buried there. Jim is survived by aunts, uncles and cousins and the Robert Waterman family in Bridport, who raised him after his parents died.◊

PEGGY A. COLEMAN
WALLINGFORD — Peggy A. Coleman 88, died Saturday, June 12, 2021, at her residence after a long illness. She was born Aug. 7, 1932, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the daughter of James and Pearle (Moxiham) O’Keefe. Peggy enjoyed motorcycle racing, crocheting, crafting, caring for other people, road trips, and volunteering for Hands of Hope, and loved St. Anne’s Shrine. She was predeceased by husband Marvin Coleman and daughter Elizabeth L. Harding. She is survived by her children Katherine Chandler (Mark) of Forest Dale and Johnny Marvin Coleman of Salisbury; her 11 grandchildren; and her 18...

TERRENCE DINNAN
CHARLOTTE — Terry Dinnan and his wife Marty died April 19, 2021, in a boating accident by their house on Lewis Creek in Charlotte, Vt. Terry, son of Eleanor and John Dinnan, was born on Feb. 22, 1950, in Meriden, Conn. Terry grew up roaming the rural Connecticut woods with his siblings and friends, laying the foundation for his love of Vermont and his home on the river. Terry was an excellent student, good athlete, and steadfast friend. He graduated from Cheshire High School in 1968. Terry began college at University of Vermont, transferred to Boston University for one year, and then decided...

MARTHA “MARTY” ELISABETH ILLICK
CHARLOTTE — Marty Illick and her husband Terry died April 19, 2021 in a boating accident by their house on Lewis Creek in Charlotte, Vt. Marty, daughter of Rowland and Edith Illick, was born on Aug. 31, 1950, in Middlebury, Vt. Rowland’s work as a geography professor led to frequent travel for the family, including two years living in Beirut, Lebanon. Marty graduated from Middlebury Union High School in 1968 and from Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., in 1972 with a degree in Cultural Anthropology. She spent her winter term of senior year in Togo, West Africa, studying the village market...
BRISTOL — William “Dave” Knight, 62, died peacefully in his sleep on June 8, 2021, at his home in Bristol, Vt. Dave is survived by Porter Knight, his loving wife of 26 years, who was by his side as he lived with ALS in the last years of his life. He is also survived by their children, Liam and Bryson Knight; his sister and her husband, Nancy and John Forrester, and nieces Lily and Libby Forrester. He was predeceased by his parents, William Marvin Knight and Angela Joy Towson Knight. Dave was born in Alexandria, Va. He attended Gannon University in Erie, Pa., where he majored in Business....

HAROLD NOYES PATCH
SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. — Harold Noyes Patch, a.k.a. Dan Patch, died on June 6, 2021, in Sun City Center, Fla., at the age of 94. He was born in Proctor, Vt., in 1926, and lived with his family in Pittsford, Vt. After a year in the U.S. Navy, serving at the end of WWII, he attended Bryant College in Rhode Island. His first teaching job was at Middlebury High School, where he taught business for ten years and met his wife, Mary, marrying in 1952. The family moved to North Haven, Conn., and Dan taught at Shelton High School. He eventually became their first computer center director, ushering the...

JUDITH ANN (D’AVIGNON) POQUETTE
HANCOCK — Judith Ann Poquette (D’Avignon), wife, stepmom, sister and friend, age 53, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 14, 2021, at her home in Hancock, Vt. Judy was born on Dec. 24, 1967, in Bristol, Vt., to Theodore and Helen (Jimmo) D’Avignon and was the youngest of six children. She graduated from Mt. Abraham Union High School in 1986. She loved working at the Middlebury Gulf. She worked there for eight years and was later promoted to manager. She loved her animals.  She met the love of her life, Ellwyn “Boomer” Poquette Jr., in 1998. They married on May 5, 2018. She is survived by...
LEICESTER — Jozef Callum Sloma, age 21, left behind his Gretsch and other guitars, beloved friends and family, and classic vehicles to go on to other adventures. Early this year, Joe traveled from Spokane, Wash., to reestablish his residency in Leicester, Vt., to attend a Criminology & Restorative Justice program at Northern Vermont University. Friends, family, and acquaintances share a deep loss of this wonderful individual who lived life fully, gave freely and, accomplished so much in the time he spent on this planet. We remain inspired by Joe’s artistic unconventionality and contagious...

GALE FEARON STANLEY
SALISBURY — Gale Fearon Stanley, 83, died unexpectedly June 8, 2021, at his home in Salisbury Village after a few years of declining health.  He was born in Woodsville, N.H, on July 6, 1937, son of William G. Stanley and Beryl Fearon Stanley. He attended school in Woodsville and Tilton, N.H. Gale joined the National Guard at 17 before transferring to the Navy and then the Air Force, where he retired in 1975. He saw many parts of the United States as well as Korea. He was a decorated veteran. He then went on to work at several Post Offices in Vermont before retiring and doing service work in...

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