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LAWRENCE ARTHUR “TWEETER” FELION
08/19/2020
LEICESTER — Lawrence Arthur “Tweeter” Felion died on Aug. 17, 2020, surrounded by family. Well known statewide as a logger, he was employed by A.J. Johnson Co. for 53 years and was noted for an excellent work ethic. In fact, he still owned and operated the original 1966 TimberJack skidder and he was still operating his chainsaw this past winter/spring. Born on Sept. 26, 1937, in Leicester Jct., he was one of 10 siblings. He is survived by his wife Jean of 60 years, who never left his side no matter where they were or where they went; his son Larry, “Homer,” a company partner/confidant in the...

SCOTT ROBERT REED
08/19/2020
SALISBURY — Scott Robert Reed, son of Ernest and Evelyn (Curran) Reed, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in his home. He was born in Needham, Mass., on June 18. 1950. He moved to Addison County in 1988, when he met his wife of 30 years, Mary Quinn Reed. Scott attended Needham High School. While working in the field of construction, Scotty enjoyed helping multiple family members with their home renovations in his free time. He retired from Casella Waste Management, after 27 years of service, in 2016. He also enjoyed golf, carpentry, traveling and storytelling. He loved...

JAMES RICHARD BULLARD
08/17/2020
WESTPORT, N.Y. — James Richard Bullard, 88, of Westport, N.Y., died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, at UVM Health Network Elizabethtown Community Hospital. He was born in Schuylerville, N.Y. on Valentine’s Day in 1932, son of the late Kenneth and Adelaide (Gannon) Bullard. He is survived by his wife Shirley, niece Spring, nephew Alpheus, brother David, stepdaughters Sandy and Sharon, and stepgrandchildren Andrew, Matthew and Kate. Jim had a distinctly different path in life. He was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Cornell University. He was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1954 and served in...

ROXANNE SMITH
08/17/2020
LINCOLN — Roxanne Smith, of Lincoln, passed away July 25, 2020, at her home while being lovingly embraced by her family and dearest friends. Roxanne fought a long, courageous battle against cancer and, because of her strength, was able to extend the time she had with her children, August and Gilmore, and provide them with many beautiful memories with their mother. She passed one month past her 40th birthday. Roxanne was born on June 16, 1980, to Christopher and Beth (Holden) Smith of Harrisville, N.H. She is survived by her sons, August Lang, age 12, and Gilmore Lang, age 9; her mother, Beth...

JOHN GARRETT FRENCH
08/14/2020
UNDERHILL — John Garrett French passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, with his loving family by his side and his beautiful view of Mt. Mansfield. John was born in 1939 in Burlington, Vt. He attended Burlington High School and Burlington Trade School, graduating in 1958. John married Christine Vincent of Bristol, Vt., on March 1, 1963. He was happily married for 57 years. John started his trucking career in 1958. He started hauling fish from Maine for Ray’s seafood and bought his first truck in 1963 and started his own business. His sons all started with the family business and he enjoyed...

MARY ELIZABETH GODDARD
08/12/2020
ORWELL — Mary Elizabeth Goddard, age 98, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at her home in Orwell. Mrs. Goddard was born in Norden, Neb., on Oct. 13, 1921. She was the daughter of Frank and Margaret (Wild) Zirnig. She grew up in Norden, where she received her primary education; she attended high school at St. Mary’s Academy in O’Neill, Neb. Later she taught school for five years in the Norden area. On June 1, 1945, she married Richard Henry Goddard, in Mountain Home, Idaho. She farmed with her husband for several years in Nebraska before moving to...
08/12/2020
FLORIDA — Bruce Eric Morgan passed away unexpectedly at his home in Florida on Aug. 4, 2020, the day after his 74th birthday. He grew up in Salisbury, the son of the late Donald and Charlotte Morgan. After graduating from MUHS in 1965, Bruce enlisted in the U.S. Navy and spent most of his time during the Vietnam War as a radar technician in the Mediterranean. He was honorably discharged in 1969. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 7823. Following his military discharge, Bruce worked in many trades and industries: concrete and construction, driving school buses, forestry, farming, and...

ROBERT “BUSTER” G. WELLER JR.
08/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Robert “Buster” G. Weller Jr., 90, died Sunday evening July 19, 2020, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury after a long and colorful 90 years of life. Buster was born Dec. 16, 1929, in Starksboro, the son of Robert G. Weller Sr. and Hannah (Brace) Weller. He was predeceased by his parents and by a sister. Buster is survived by his sister Kathy Weller, of Waterbury, a nephew Don Fisher (Janice) of Starksboro and a niece Elizabeth Torrey of Salisbury. Buster considered himself a true patriot and proud American. He was also a Middlebury celebrity. He...

ROBERT BARROWS
08/11/2020
VERGENNES — A Mass of Christian burial for Robert Barrows, who died on April 13, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Vergennes. Limited seating will be available due to coronavirus restrictions, and face coverings are required. Private burial to follow. A celebration of life will be held at a later date when public health conditions permit.◊

PATRICIA ANN D’AVIGNON
08/11/2020
WEYBRIDGE — Patricia Ann D’Avignon (nee Phelps) passed away peacefully at home Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, with her loved ones at her bedside. She was 81. Pat was a kind and generous woman who loved making the world a better place by setting an example of caring for others. She enjoyed gardening at home and established a community garden on the Weybridge side of the covered bridge. She leaves her husband of 63 years, Jim; daughters Amy Denney, Debby Marchese and Suzi Bettes; sons TJ and Jim; her sisters Cindy and Sandy; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Pat truly believed in being Christ...

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