Obituaries


ROBERT D. WILLIAMS
07/22/2020
CORNWALL — Robert D. Williams, 92, of Cornwall, passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2020, after a short stay at Helen Porter. Robert was born on Nov. 2, 1927, in Peru, Vt., the son of Don and Gladys Williams. Robert served in the U.S. Navy in the later years of World War II, of which he was proud of while acknowledging the tragedy of war. On June 18, 1949, he married Lucille Paige and they began a 67-year partnership of their lives and the business of farming. In 1950 they bought a small dairy farm on South Hill in Ludlow, Vt., and farmed there for 18 years. Seeing a better agriculture opportunity...
07/22/2020
BRISTOL — The family of Bill Wisell wishes to extend gratitude to our beautiful community. We received many cards, phone calls, messages and wonderful food. We wish to apologize for the omission of Bill’s surviving siblings, Mary Wisell Brassard of Bristol; Sally Wisell Mastreani of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.; and Peter J. Wisell of Bristol. Bill’s Mom’s date of birth should have read 1908. Thanks again to a wonderful community and the one Bill loved.◊

RICHARD M. LUSSIER
07/15/2020
WEYBRIDGE — Richard M. Lussier, 88, died peacefully at his home, with his family at his side, on Monday evening, July 13, 2020. He was born Sept. 25, 1931, in St. Joseph, Quebec, Canada, the son of Rosario and Irene (Laflame) Lussier. Richard married the love of his life Simone (Girard) Lussier on Aug. 29, 1959. In his last years, he may have been best known around town as the “red scooter guy.” In his retirement he loved to stroll around town to see what was going on. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. As a young man, Richard always dreamed of owning a dairy farm. He emigrated to...

J’DARC “JEANNE” MARIE MARKUT
07/15/2020
BRIDPORT — On July 7, 2020, J’Darc “Jeanne” Markut from Zephyrhills, Fla., and Bridport, Vt., got her wings, joined the angels and had a reunion with family and friends that she hasn’t seen in a very long time. She was a young 93 years and was not taken by the COVID-19 but by giving her heart fully to all who needed her. A high-spirited farm girl, she grew up in Troy, Vt., on her parents’ dairy farm. The daughter of Juliette and Albert Roberge, she spent her youth working the farm alongside her parents and seven brothers and sisters. At 19 years old she bravely left the farm life, moved to...

MARY PATRICIA FAGAN
07/14/2020
VERGENNES — On July 3, 2020, Mary Patricia Fagan passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family. She was predeceased by Clarence Edward Fagan, her life-long friend and husband of 66 years. She was 93. Pat is survived by her seven children, 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren who will miss her dearly. A private graveside service was held on July 7, 2020. Contributions in Pat’s memory can be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice. To send online condolences to her family visit brownmcclayfuneralhomes.com.◊
07/14/2020
VERGENNES — After a long illness, William “Bill” P. Herrington, 67, died on June 22, 2020, at Respite House in Colchester. He was born March 4, 1953, in Dallas, Texas. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Rita Herrington; brother David and sister Diana Hemphill (Fla.); sister Paula Morse; and brothers Bruce (N.H.) and Stephen Herrington (Okla.). He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Herrington, of Vergennes, Vt.; son Walter Granger and wife Michelle Granger; daughter Alica Laplante; grandchildren Jason Laplante, Jr., Lauren Laplante, and Dylan Granger; and his great-granddaughter Daisy....

RONALD DUANE LAFAVE
07/14/2020
NEW HAVEN — Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away at his home with his wife by his side on July 11, 2020. Ron was born on May 9, 1947, in Middlebury, Vermont to Lawrence and Lucille (Stark) LaFave. On May 27, 1967, he married Viviane Leduc and they raised two children, Lance and Danielle. Ron was a Vietnam veteran and loved his country; his love of country was frequently evident through his sharing views regarding local, state and federal politics. After serving in Vietnam, Ron was employed by Simmonds Precision (later named BF Goodrich) for 32 years...
07/14/2020
EAST BETHEL — Graveside services for Rachel L. Tenney, 95, of East Bethel, who died, Jan. 14, 2020, will be held Saturday, July 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Hartford Cemetery in White River Junction. Rachel is survived by her sisters Katherine Powers of Cornwall, Margaret Palmer of East Middlebury, and Shirley Bougor of Wilton, N.Y. She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond in 1975, brothers John and Donald Longaway and sister Evelyn Garrow. The Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction is assisting with arrangements.

JAMES “JIM” DOUGLAS WRIGHT
07/14/2020
MIDDLEBURY — James “Jim” Douglas Wright, 64, died unexpectedly in his home on Thursday, July 2, 2020. Jim claimed to be a lifelong Vermonter, however in truth he was born in Erie, Pa., to S. David and Alice Lynette (Miller) Wright. He moved to Middlebury, Vt., with his five brothers and sisters when he was 9 years old. His early years were spent working on his family’s dairy farm with their Jersey cows and he would be offended if you assumed any other breed. After graduating from MUHS in 1974, Jim thought it was time for a change and ventured west to Wisconsin to attend Northland College....

ROBERT PAUL SHERMAN JR.
07/09/2020
NEW HAVEN — Robert Paul Sherman, Jr., 86, died on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Robert was surrounded by his loving family and Addison County’s Home/Hospice family at his home in New Haven, Vt. Robert had been a farmer while growing up on his family’s farm during the 1950s and later on his two farms. Robert raised prized Registered Holsteins and often showed both cows and bulls at Addison County Field Days and Eastern States in Massachusetts. There he won many blue ribbons and plaques for his prized herd. He retired from farming during the early 2000s. Robert loved spending time with his family (...

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