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ADDISON — Gail M Gevry peacefully left this world on Nov. 19, 2019, surrounded by her devoted family. She was born on Aug. 27, 1941, to Neil and Elsie Mitchell and she built a life in Vermont with the love of her life, Rheal Gevry Sr. On Aug. 30, 1958, they married and began their loving family. Every day he left her a love note written on a paper plate. They all began with the words, “My Baby Girl,” and ended with “Teedum Man” (her nickname for him) The family laughed and cried as they read through these special mementos. Gail was an avid collector and loved going to garage sales searching...
BRISTOL — Norman E. Thompson, 80, of Bristol, passed away on Nov. 20, 2019, at his home in Bristol due to kidney failure. He was predeceased by his wife Betty Thompson, and two sons, Michael Thompson and Norman Thompson Jr. He is survived by his three daughters, Norma Corse and husband Garth Corse, Kathy Forbes and husband Tony Forbes and Melissa Thompson and significant other Shawn Ambrose; son Richard Thompson; brother Martin Thompson; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and family friend Monica Lussier. For a full obituary go to the Stephen C. Gregory Funeral...

BARBARA J. FITZPATRICK
MIDDLEBURY — Barbara J. Fitzpatrick, 92, of Middlebury, passed away peacefully at home on November 15, 2019. She was born in the Block House at Hands Cove, Shoreham, Vt., on Aug. 14, 1927, daughter of Victor and Rose (Lucia) Shackett. Graduating Benson High School as the only member of her senior class, she then attended Green Mountain College in Poultney. During World War II she assembled ammunition boxes while working at a sawmill near Lake Bomoseen. On New Year’s Eve, 1948, Barbara married Paul R. Fitzpatrick. Together they had five children, however their house was always open and filled...

RICHARD (DICK) PAUL MITCHELL SR.
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. —Richard (Dick) Paul Mitchell Sr., 81 years old, passed away on Nov. 4, 2019, at Bethesda Hospital in Boynton Beach, Fla. Richard was born in Middlebury, Vt., on April 28, 1938. He was the son of predeceased Isadore and Kate Mitchell of Cornwall, Vt.  Dick graduated from Middlebury High School in 1957, years later receiving the Baseball/Football Alumni Award from Middlebury HS. In 1998, he earned his Civil Engineering Associates Degree from CCV in Burlington, Vt. Dick joined the Air Force in 1957. He traveled all over the world, serving one year at Civil Engineer Red Horse...

JESSIE M. ORR
ORWELL — Jessie M. Orr, 83, of Orwell, died Tuesday evening, Nov. 19, 2019, at Helen Porter Rehab and Nursing. She was born on Dec. 14, 1935, in Bennington, the daughter of Joseph and Jessie (Sumner) Maclay. Mrs. Orr graduated from Thetford Academy in Thetford in 1954. She married Conrad H. Orr on Sept. 16, 1956. They resided together in Vershire for 15 years. In 1971 the family relocated to Orwell, where they bought and operated a dairy farm. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Orwell, where she served as the clerk of the records and the president of the Women’s fellowship...

BRUCE M. EMMONS
BRISTOL — Bruce M. Emmons, 93, passed away Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. He was born on June 24, 1926, in Bristol, the son of Bernard and Agnes (Edwards) Emmons. Bruce is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife Glenna (Ober) Emmons; his son William Emmons and wife Debbie of Gray, Maine; stepdaughters Tisa Gurnee and husband Douglas of Middlebury, Tanya Combs of Essex Jct., and Tena Fraser of Vergennes; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In his younger years Bruce was an avid hunter and loved to fish....

LOREN DAY BARR
SHELBURNE — Loren Day Barr of Shelburne, Vt., passed away surrounded by family on Nov. 5, 2019. Loren was born Aug. 1, 1939, the son of Merton (Bill) and Lydia Braley Barr of Woodstock, Vt. He attended schools in Woodstock, graduating in 1957, and attended UVM from 1957-1961 while working at Lane Press. Loren went to work for Burlington Rapid Transit/Vermont Transit in May 1961 until January 1991. He then worked for Mountain Transit from September 1991 to September 1999. At this time he also returned to school, taking accounting courses at Trinity College and graduating in 1999 with an...

ANDREW RICHARD BROWN
BRANDON — Andrew Richard Brown, age 48, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, as a result of a massive heart attack, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Mr. Brown was born in Middlebury on July 27, 1971. He was the son Richard and Arlene (Fleming) Brown. He grew up in Middlebury, where he received his early education and graduated from Middlebury Union High School, class 1989. In his earlier years he worked a Polymer’s Plastic. He later worked in the landscaping business. He did a year as an equipment operator at Middlebury College. He was a licensed plumbing and heating technician for Pyrofax for...

RAYMOND C. CHURCHILL
MIDDLEBURY — Raymond “Budge” C. Churchill, 86, died Nov. 7, 2019, at Porter Medical Center as the result of complications from pneumonia. Churchill was born in Middlebury on Jan. 15, 1933, to Francis and Mildred (Everts) Churchill. He attended schools in Middlebury and the University of Vermont. Thereafter he became co-owner and operator of F.R. Churchill & Sons Oil, Inc., until the mid-1980s. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Teresa Forrest Churchill, his son Kelly Churchill, daughter-in-law Amy Buck Churchill, daughter Carol Adams Bruso, Karyn Holland, and two granddaughters Leigh...

ERWIN “RED” CLARK
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” being 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...

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