Miscellaneous Washington County, Vermont Obituaries - 1998

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Hyde, Elizabeth B., 78, of Waitsfield, died Feb. 23. Born in 1919 in Utica, N.Y., she was the daughter of Ralph and Esther (Butler) Burbank. She graduated from Utica Country Day School and Edgewood Park Junior College in N.Y. In 1942, she married Edgerton F. Hyde. They moved to Waitsfield in 1958 where they built and operated Madbush Chalet until 1971. In 1972, she founded the Silver Needle in Waitsfield, operating it until retirement in 1985. She was a member of St. Dunstan's Church (Episcopal) in Waitsfield. Survivors include two daughters, Catherine Gage and Anne Redding; four grandchildren. 

Choiniere, Esther Mae Blair, 81, formerly of Wrightsville, died Feb. 20. Born in 1916 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Lewis and Effie (Cole) Blair. She graduated from Montpelier High School and from Burlington Business College (now Champlain College). She had been employed as a clerk at M.H. Fishmans, an office administrator for the Red Cross, a social worker and a waitress at local restaurants. Her first husband, Joseph Alberici, whom she married in 1945, is deceased. She and her husband, Reynold Choiniere, had lived in Newport and owned Blue Bird Restaurant. Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Phyllis Alberici; five step-children, Sharon Choiniere, Ronald Choiniere, Donna Marcou, Claire Bain and James Choiniere; two grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Hill, Marie S., 67, of Montpelier, died Feb. 24. Born in 1930 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Howard and Marion (Farnham) Sumner. She graduated from St. Michael's High School. She moved to Fresno, CA, where she was employed as a medical assistant for a pediatrician. She was a member of St. Augusinte Church in Montpelier. She was predeceased by her husband, John Hill. Survivors include a daughter, Gail (Mrs. Stanley) Broadwell; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers; nieces and nephews. 

Menard, Paul A., 83, of Williamstown, died Feb. 21. Born in 1914 in Chelsea, she was the son of Henry and Lena (Paul) Menard. He attended Williamstown schools and Williamstown High School. In 1941, he married Agnes Pirie. They purchased a farm in Williamstown, which they operated for 23 years. He also drove bus for Vermont Transit Bus Co. of Barre and was school bus driver for the Williamstown elementary and high schools for more than 25 years. He was a member of St. Edward's Church. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Gloria (Mrs. William) Graham; two sons, John and Clifton; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother; two sisters; nieces, nephews and cousins. 

St. Pierre, Angelina, 79, of Berlin, died Feb. 23. Born in 1918 in Sheldon Junction, she was the daughter of Frank and Alice (DeRosia) Belanger. She moved to Montpelier and attended St. Michael's School. In 1936, she married Arthur St. Pierre, who died in 1981. She was a clerk at Gray's Department Store. Survivors include a son, Vernal; three daughters, Therisa St. Pierre, Cecelia Witham and Cheryl O'Bryan; two sisters; one brother; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. 

Adams, Patricia A., 51, of Barre, died Feb. 25. Born in 1946 in Fort Myers, FL, she was the daughter of Col. Carl and Juanita (McIntosh) Boldgett. She attended schools in several areas due to her father's military career. She worked as a dog groomer. In 1972, she married David Paul Adams, who died in 1972. She attended the Church of the Nazarene in Lyndonville. Survivors include a son, Michael Adams; two daughters, Donna Carr and Jennifer Adams; three grandchildren; one sister. 

Hurd, Gloria A., 55, of Barre Town, died Feb. 27. Born in 1944 in Trenton, N.J., she was the daughter of Carroll and Martha (Dawson) Ambrose. She moved to Vermont with her family in 1955, where she graduated from Twinfield High School. In 1967, she married Richard Hurd Jr. She had worked at National Life of Vermont, for Central Vermont Medical Center and Washington County Mental Health Services. Survivors include her husband; her daughter, Tammy DeFreest; her son, Anthony; two sisters; one brother; several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Duprey, Pauline M., 72, of Northfield, died Feb. 26. Born in 1925 in Websterville, she was the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy (Dudevoir) Little. She was married to Wilfred Duprey, who died in 1985. She worked with her husband in the management of W.R. Duprey and Son Plumbing and Heating Service in Montpelier. She was a member of St. Augustine Parish. Survivors include two daughters, Dott Barr and Mary Dysinger; five sons, Paul, Bob, Mike, David and Tim; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five sisters; one brother; nieces and nephews. 

Frary, Adrian W., Sr., 101, died Feb. 25. Born in 1896 in Lawrenceville, N.Y., he was the son of Sidney and Martha (Vosburg) Frary. He attended school in South Royalton and in 1918, married Violet Doris Lovejoy. He served in the Army during WWI and was a herdsman in Mass. and later worked at Howland's Mills in South Royalton. He then purchased the Lovejoy farmstead, farming until retirement in 1961, when he moved to Randolph. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints. Survivors include a son, Adrian; three daughters, Ruth Tuthill, Carolyn Boone and Dorothy Frary; 21 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister; many nieces and nephews. 

Belanger, Oscar, 83, of Montpelier, died Feb. 27. Born in 1914 in Sheldon Junction, he was the son of Frank Belanger and Alice (DeRosia) Belanger. He attended St. Michael's High School. In 1939, he married Emma McGlaflin. He was a salesman at Walter Motors, Twin-Town Volkswagen and sales manager at Mid-Town Chrysler. He retired from Cody Chevrolet in 1976. He was a member of St. Augustine's Church. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Marilyn (Mrs. Ronald) Tofani and B. Jean Guy; a brother; three sisters; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

Randall, Shirley D., 77, of Barre Town, died Feb. 27. Born in 1920 in Newbury, she was the daughter of Newton and Belinda (Wilson) Darling. She attended Peacham Academy. In 1938, she married Glendon E. Randall, who died in 1978. They farmed in Peacham, Taunton (Mass.), New Britain (Conn.), Barnet, Marshfield, Cabot and Plainfield. She was a member of the Marshfield United Methodist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Randall and Barbara Hudson; two sons, Glendon Randall Jr. and Kenneth Randall; one sister; two brothers; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

Desilets, Armand J., 86, of Barre, died Feb. 27. Born in 1912 in Barre, he was the son of Napoleon and Florida (Devoyan) Desilets. He attended Barre schools. He had been a member of the Vermont Army National Guards. In 1934, he married Helen Lacey, who died in 1996. He had been a textile weaver in N.H. and later worked in the granite industry. He also worked on the custodial staff at Barre Municipal Auditorium. He retired in 1972. Survivors include a daughter, Shirley (Mrs. Rex) VanAken; twin sons, Robert and Frederick; three brothers; three sisters; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Gabree, James L., 73, formerly of Waterbury, died Feb. 21. Born in 1924 in Waterbury, he was the son of Silas and Luella (Beeman) Gabree. He attended school in Waterbury. He moved to Woodstock in 1991, to live with his sister and then moved to Hartford in 1993, and lived with a niece, Joanne Bettis. Survivors include his sister, Bette G. Hazen and a niece and nephew. 

Perrin, Lucy R., 89, of Williamstown, died Feb. 21. Born in 1909 in Websterville, she was the daughter of Patrick and Harriet (Barber) Moran. She attended Washington Elementary School, graduated from Goddard Seminary and attended the Eastman Business School in N.Y. City. In 1936, she married Marcell Perrin, who died in 1969. She managed the office of Perrin Custon Sandblast in Barre. Survivors include her daughter, Gail Perras; two sons, Dr. Robert Perrin and Donald Perrin; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers; four sisters; many nieces and nephews.

Morse, Gerald, 88, of Groton, died March 9. Born in 1909 in Cabot, he was the son of George and Nellie (Read) Morse. He attended schools in Cabot and Danville. In 1934, he married Hazel Goss. They owned and operated Morse Poultry Farm and Hatchery and Mr. Morse also managed the Groton Grain Co. He represented Groton in Vermont House of Representatives, was senator from Caledonia County and chairman of the Agricultural Committee and the Legislative Council. He also served as lister, auditor and selectman in Groton and was director of the Caledonia County Fair and a trustee of the Eastern States Expo. He was a member of the board of trustees of Wells River Savings Bank and became president of the bank in 1978. He was a member of the Groton Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife; a son, Norman; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Dunn, Kenneth, 87, of Stowe, died March 8. Born in 1910 in Craftsbury, he was the son of Frank and Elva (Young) Dunn. He was a graduate of Craftsbury Academy. In 1985, he married Marjorie Page, who died in 1991. He was a farmer in East Craftsbury and recently employed in maintenance at the Mount Mansfield Ski Area in Stowe. Survivors include a niece, Ellen Beaudoin; a nephew, Francis Dunn. 

Voorhees, Harold B., 56, formerly of Graniteville and more recently of Gouldsboro, PA, died March 8. Born in 1941 in New Brunswick, N.J., he was the son of Harvey and Esther (Keim) Voorhees. He attended schools in New Brunswick. He moved to the Barre and Graniteville area in 1960 where he was co-owner and operator of Georgette's Trucking. He returned to N.J. and owned and operated a trucking firm in Gouldsboro. Survivors include a daughter, Karen Voorhees; a son, Michael Voorhees; his mother; three brothers; three sisters; nieces and nephews. 

Perry, Willon A., 76, of Northfield Falls, died March 7. Born in 1921 in Lower Cabot, he was the son of Leon and Beatrice (Lance) Perry. He was educated in Cabot schools. In 1944, he married Maycle Bidwell. He was a farmer in Northfield and later worked for DuBois Trucking Co. as a mechanic. He retired in 1996. He was a member of Northfield Falls Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Leon and Mark; two daughters, Linda Thurston and Paulette Allen; a brother; two sisters; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

Daley, Barbara A., 65, of East Hardwick, died March 9. Born in 1933 in Morrisville, she was the daughter of Roy Benjamin and Thelma (Andrews) Ring. She attended public schools in Morrisville and graduated from Peoples Academy. In 1952, she married Theodore Eugene Daley. Survivors include a daughter, Caulene Young; three sons, James, Robert and Richard; two grandchildren; two brothers; three sisters; nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Gray, Hazel W., 90, of Barre, died March 8. Born in 1907 in Barre, she was the daughter of Henry and Mary (Bonholzer) Watkins. She graduated from Spaulding High School and from Bryant and Stratton Business College in Boston. In 1932, she married James Gray, who died in 1977. She had helped her husband in his business, South End Polishing Co. She was a member of the Barre Congregational Church. Survivors include a daughter, Jane Milne; two grandsons; three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Morrow, Marian E., 79, formerly of South Barre and more recently of Franklin, WI, died March 9. Born in 1918 in South Barre, she was the daughter of Ellis and Elizabeth (Roberts) Henry. She attended elementary school in South Barre, graduated from Spaulding High School and received nurses training at the former Heaton Hospital in Montpelier, where she graduated in 1940. She served in the Army during WWII as a nurse. In 1949, she married Cass J. Morrow, who died in 1987. Survivors include two sons, Douglas and Michael; five grandchildren; five sisters; one brother; several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Perry, Agnes E., 77, of Montpelier, died March 7. Born in 1920 in North Thetford, she was the daughter of Everett and Augusta (Cooke) Downing. She graduated from Montpelier High School. In 1941, she married Ivan Perry, who died in 1995. She was a member of St. Augustine Church. Survivors include two sons, Larry and Robert; three daughters, Patricia Hunkins, Deborah Smith and Donna Babic; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. 

Ortiz, Angel J., 83, of Montpelier, died March 10. Born in 1914 in Montpelier, he was the son of Jose and Lenora (Gutierrez) Ortiz. He attended schools in Montpelier. He joined the Montpelier Fire Department in 1939, becoming chief in 1972 and retiring in 1976. He served with the Marines during WWII. In 1941, he married Portia Downing, who died in 1983. He was a member of St. Augustine Parish. Survivors include a son, Richard; a daughter, Linda Johnston; five grandchildren; two sisters. 

Daniels, Ruth, 95, of Montpelier, died March 13. Born in 1902 in Middlesex, she was the daughter of Bert and Abbie (Nichols) Daniels. She attended schools in Middlesex and graduated from Montpelier High School. She was employed by the railroads of Montpelier & Wells River, Barre & Chelsea, St. Johnsbury and Lamoille counties and was a member of the Unitarian Church. Survivors include a cousin. 

Lamson, Karleene N., 79, of Barre, died March 10. Born in 1918 in Limerick, Maine, she was the daughter of Karl and Frances ((Nason) Stimson. She graduated from Sanford Maine High School and McIntosh Business College. In 1939, she married Everett Lamson Jr. , who died in 1987. She was a legal secretary and she and her husband founded Lamson Surgical Supply Co. Inc. Survivors include two sons, Jim and Karl; a grandson; nieces and nephews. 

Culver, Edwin W., 93, of Barre, died March 12. Born in 1904 in Albany, N.Y., he was the son of DeWitt Clinton and Alice (Wright) Culver. He graduated from Brattleboro High School and from Wentworth Institute in Boston. In 1930, he married Viola Morris. They moved to Barre in 1969. He was a professional engineer and surveyor. Survivors include his wife; a son, Edwin Jr.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. 

Yoh, Miriam L., 37, formerly of Marshfield, died Dec. 24. Born in 1960 in Middletown, Conn., she was the daughter of Louis Jr. and Sharon (Pixley) Longo. She attended Twinfield schools. She was married to Dale Spooner and later divorced. She also married David McMannis and later divorced. She later married Herman Yoh. Survivors include her husband; a son, Dale Spooner II; a daughter, Sandra Spooner; her father; her stepfather, Stanley Dembrowski; five sisters; maternal grandmother, Pauline Pixley; paternal grandfather, Louis Longo Sr.; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Nichols, Denzil L., 67, formerly of East Brookfield and more recently of Anderson, S.C., died March 11. Born in 1931 in Los Angeles, CA, he was the son of Dudley C. and Kathleen M. (Roberts) Nichols. He attended schools in Chelsea and East Brookfield and graduated from Spaulding High School. He also graduated from the University of Central Florida and Tri-County Technical College. He farmed in Williamstown and later in New York before moving to South Carolina, where he worked in agriculture and construction before he retired. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Clearview Baptist Church in Anderson. Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Holden) Nichols; two daughters, Leslie Raith and Cynthia Jamieson; a brother; a sister; four grandchildren. 

Baker, Mary Lillian, 85, of Stowe, died March 8. Born in 1912 in Burlington, she was the daughter of Maude Burnham and stepdaughter of Albert Newcity. She graduated from Peoples Academy. Her first husband Harry Sweetser, predeceased her. She later married Logan Baker. Survivors include her husband; two sons, Gordeon Sweetser and Bruce Sweetser; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. 

Gallas, Milton S., 83, of Barre, died March 9. Born in 1914 in Rion, S.C., he was the son of Michael and Elsie (Biesecher) Gallas. He graduated from West Hazelton (PA) High School and moved to Barre in 1933. He was a veteran of WWII. He worked at Johnson-Gustafson Granite Co., LaRochelle Sandblast Co. and Rouleau Granite Co., retiring in 1975. In 1946, he married Louisa Cano, who died in 1985. Survivors include a son, Stephen; two grandchildren; two sisters; nephews. 

Morrow, Marion E., 79, of South Barre, died March 9. Born in 1918 in South Barre, she was the daughter of Ellis and Elizabeth (Roberts) Henry. She graduated from Spaulding High School and did nurses training at Heaton Hospital. She served as a nurse in the Army during WWII. In 1949, she married Cass J. Morrow, who died in 1987. Survivors include two sons, Douglas and Michael; five grandchildren; five sisters; one brother; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Gavin, Doris G., 88, of Websterville, died March 19. Born in Walden in 1910, she was the daughter of Clarence and Alvina (Goodheart) Hamilton. She attended schools in Walden, Woodbury and Newport. She married Michael J. Gavin, who died in 1973. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Sylvester Church in Graniteville. Survivors include three sons, Leo, Robert and Lawrence; two daughters, Barbara Brown and Patricia Mills; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters. 

Trottier, Cecile M., 81, of Graniteville, died March 14. Born in 1916 in Ste. Sophie, Nicolet, Quebec, she was the daughter of Zepherin and Eugenie (Fortin) Laquerre. She attended schools in Ste. Sophie. In 1938, she married Emilien Trottier, who died in 1997. She was a homemaker and a nurse's aide and was a member of St. Sylvester Church. Survivors include a son, Roger; three daughters, Nancy Trottier, Nicole Trottier-Sweet and Micheline Trottier; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister; nieces and nephews. 

Pembroke, J. Wilfred, 90, of Montpelier, died March 13. Born in 1907 in Montpelier, he was the son of James and Della Hale Pembroke. He graduated from Montpelier High School and in 1928, married Beryl Cutler. She died in 1973. In 1976, he married Elizabeth Shomper. He was employed as parts manager by the J. Leo Johnson Chrysler dealership and then he and his brother purchased the family farm. He also did landscaping and snowplowing throughout the Montpelier area. Survivors include four children, Rep. Richard C. Pembroke Sr., William; James and Beverlee Hill; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. 

Downing, Ralph E. Jr., 73, of Washington, died March 14. Born in 1925 in Graniteville, he was the son of Ralph F. and Cecelia (Moran) Downing Sr. He attended schools in Williamstown. He was a contract mail carrier for the Montpelier Post Office, retiring in 1994. He was a member of St. Cecilia Church in Washington. Survivors include his mother; a brother, Richard; four sisters, Dorothy Aiken, Patricia Pellon, Beverly Berte and Janet Lambert; nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Badger, Harry D., 76, formerly of Montpelier, died March 14. He was born in Montpelier and lived there until four years ago, when he moved to Florida. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII and was an engineer with the Vermont Highway Department. He was a member of Lakewood Park United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Mildred Badger; two sons, Kenneth and Lawrence LaFlam; eight grandchildren; many great-grandchildren. 

Utton, Maydene E., 79, formerly of Worcester and more recently of Charlestown, N.H., died March 12. Born in 1919 in Worcester, she was the daughter of Ralph and Alice (Doying) Utton. Survivors include her son, Chester; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers; four sisters; nieces and nephews. 

Mullen, Margaret A., 54, of Barre Town, died March 16. Born in 1943 in Central Falls, R.I., she was the daughter of John and Margaret (Salinger) Hunt. She graduated from Central Falls High School. IN 1973, she married Jack Mullen. She was employed as a bookkeeper for the Barre Town school system and more recently for Montpelier school system. She was a member of St. Monica Church in Barre. Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Christine Davidson; two sons, Jay Mullen and Patrick Mullen; a brother; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Pierce, Charles B., 62, formerly of Plainfield, died March 15. Born in 1935 in Barre, he was the son of Leslie and Lillian (Wennestrand) Pierce. The family moved to Montpelier in 1936 and he graduated from Montpelier High School. He served in the Army for two years and worked for the Montpelier Police Department and later at the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles as a license examiner and later as an inspector. He retired in 1990. More recently he worked as a medical courier for Springfield Hospital. In 1987, he married Tina Pratt. They had been foster parents through the Vermont SRS program. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Tammy and Patricia; three grandchildren; his mother; two brothers; two sisters; nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Fontaine, Roger L., 79, of Greensboro Bend, died March 17. Born in 1919 in Weedon, Quebec, he was the son of Louis and Aurelie (Gaudreau) Fontaine. He moved to the Greensboro area in 1949 and owned and operated a farm until 1977. Survivors include his wife, Estelle (Racine) Fontaine; three sons, Fern, Raymond and Gerard; two daughters, Suzanne Savoie and Theresa Cruz; a brother; three sisters; 10 grandchildren. 

Wright, Marjorie K., 84, of Randolph, died March 13. Born in 1913 in Gaysville, she was the daughter of Walter and Jessie (Durkee) Ketchum. She attended schools in Stockbridge and graduated from Whitcomb High School in Bethel. She attended Gifford Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1935. In 1939, she married Maynard Wright. She was a registered nurse and retired from Gifford Memorial Hospital as nursing supervisor. Survivors include her husband; one son, Larry; one daughter, Lind Thow; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. 

Pickering, John O., 79, of Barre, died March 16. Born in 1919 in Barre Town, he was the son of Fred and Edith (Eaton) Pickering. He was raised by his grandparents, John and Martha Pickering. He attended Spaulding High School and served with the Army during WWII. In 1941, he married Bertha Chase. He delivered milk for Winnisquam Farm Dairy and for Booth Brothers Dairy, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the Barre Universalist Church. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Stephen and Timothy; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters; nieces and nephews. 

George, Fleurette M., 84, formerly of Barre, died March 12. Born in 1913 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Thomas and Alma (Hardy) Hamel. In 1940, she married E. Stevie George. She was a member of St. Monica Parish. Survivors include six children, Philip, Shirley Gagne, Douglas, Rhonda Baker, Stephen and Lawrence; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. 

Reynolds, Dr. Ernest V., 90, of Barre, died March 14. Born in 1907 in Penobscott Bay-Stonington, Maine, he was the son of Clyde and Hattie (Clayter) Reynolds Sr. The moved to Barre in 1910 and he graduated from Spaulding High School. He graduated from Williams College and from Cornell University Medical School, serving his internship and residency at Fordham Hospital in New York City. In 1937, he opened his practice in Barre and practiced until 1986. He had been a surgeon with the Army during WWII. He was a member of Hedding United Methodist Church. Survivors include a niece, Sandra Reynold; a nephew, Roger Reynolds; grandnieces and grandnephews. 

Perini, Bernard P., 68, of Plainfield, died March 17. Born in 1929 in Barre, he was the son of Bernard and Elizabeth (Calderara) Berini. He graduated from Spaulding High School. He worked as an automobile mechanic at H.G. Bennett Co. and later at Rossi Buick-Olds. He was co-owner of B&B Service Center and Green Valley Produce Co. in Plainfield. In 1949, he married Theresa Habbep, they were divorced. Survivors include his companion, Virginia Barnett; a daughter, Elizabeth Berini; a sister; nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Beaulieu, Gerard R., 79, of Barre, died March 17. Born in 1918 in St. Johnsbury, he was the son of John and Roseanne (Vachon) Beaulieu. He attended St. Johnsbury schools and graduated from Spaulding High School. He worked as a lumper and boxer at Beck and Beck Granite Co. and at North Barre Granite Co., retiring in 1984. He served in the Army during WWII. In 1943, he married Lorraine Ricciarella. He was a member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include his wife; two brothers, Francis and John; three sisters, Lucille Hyland, Germaine Eaton and Blandine Hafela; nieces and nephews. 

James, H. Darius, 73, formerly of Groton, died March 19. Born in 1924 in Groton, he was the son of Horace Leroy and Carrie (Smith) James. He attended Groton High School. He and his father owned and operated the Farm Machine Exchange in Ryegate for many years. He later became manager of the Automobile Legal Association for central Massachusetts, retiring and living in East Brookfield, Mass. and West Palm Beach, FL. He had been a member of Groton Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Pauline Fitch James; two sons, Bruce and Brian; one daughter, Corinne Curcioone; one sister; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.


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