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Class of 2013
Ashley Lockerby, CPM ‘13, is proud to announce her engagement to Casey Toof. Ashley is currently employed as an Estimator at Engelberth Construction since May 2012. Casey is currently employed as an Internet Sales Manager at Handy Toyota since January 2013. Their wedding is planned for July 19, 2014.
Julia M. McKinley, EQS ‘13 & VET ‘14, & Christopher B. Mercon CPM ‘13, are engaged to be married on September 27, 2014. Julia is privately employed as an estate manager. Chris is a Vermont State employee with the Agency of Transportation. They plan to be married in Marshfield, VT, at home this fall.
Class of 2012
Zachary K. Hutchins, CSE ‘12, married Samantha Champine on March 1, 2014. Samantha is currently employed as a bookkeeper with Shaws. Zachary is currently employed by Newsbank Inc., in Chester. After a honeymoon in Washington D.C., the newlyweds returned to their home in Ludlow.
Class of 2011
Nicholas J. Daigle, DFM ‘11, is proud to announce his engagement to Sheena L. Brown. Both are currently employed at the Nadeau’s farm in Morgan and dream of owning their own farm someday. An August wedding is planned.
Daren Rivard CPM ‘11 & BUS ‘12, married Brittany French at Holy Angels Catholic Church in St. Albans, VT on Saturday, August 9, 2014. The bride is employed at Husky Injection Molding Systems in Milton, VT as a Quality Analyst. The groom is employed at Dale E. Percy Inc. in Stowe, VT as an Assistant Project Manager. Brittany and Daren will honeymoon in the Caribbean in January and have made their home in Enosburg Falls, VT.
Brooke Sharpe LPN ‘11 & AND ‘12, is proud to announce her engagement to Lado Brotasyo. Brooke is an RN employed by Fletcher Allen Health Care. Lado is employed by FabTech. The couple resides in South Burlington. A September 2015 wedding is planned.
Class of 2010
Andrew Donaldson, CIT ‘10, is pleased to announce his engagement to Paige MacDougall. Paige is an assistant manager at F.Y.E. in Concord. A September 12, 2015, wedding is planned.
Andrew J. Viapiano, ATT ‘10, was united in marriage to Sarah Pecor on April 26, 2014. The bride is employed by Fletcher Allen Health Care and the groom is employed by IBM. The couple resides in South Burlington, VT.
Class of 2009
Joseph O. Angell, DFM ‘09, is pleased to announce his engagement to Jacklyn E. Preston. The future bride is currently employed at Lebanon High School as an English Teacher. The future groom is a co-owner of White Rock Farm and Lumber in South Randolph. A summer wedding is planned.
Bethany Doe, VET ‘09, is pleased to announce her engagement to Samuel Irish. Bethany currently works in Williston at Peak Veterinary Referral Center as a Veterinary Oncology Technician. Samuel enlisted into the United States Army in 2008 where he served for four years. He is currently attending Community College of Vermont for his Associates of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and works at Green Mountain Electric Supply in St. Albans. They are planning a July 19, 2014 wedding.
Class of 2008
Calvin Russell, CPM '08 & Bailey Dimmick, AET ‘13, were married on August 24, 2013, at the Dimmick Farm. The bride is currently employed as a project engineer at Whiting-Turner Construction in New Haven, Conn.
Class of 2007
Patricia Trahan, DHY ‘07, is pleased to announce her engagement to Carl Halbach. Patricia is currently employed at Dickinson & Branon Dental Care. Carl is currently employed at Coca-Cola of New England. An August 2014 wedding is planned.
Class of 2006
Dustin R. Hume, ATT ‘06, recently announced his engagement to Karla M. Giardino. Together, the couple owns and operates New England Automotive in South Burlington. An August 2015 wedding is planned.
Christopher M. Mango, ATT '06 & BUS ‘08, is pleased to announce his engagement to Haley Pryce. A 2015 wedding is planned. The groom is currently attending Central Connecticut State University and will finish his bachelor’s degree in construction management. After a honeymoon in Antigua, the couple currently lives in Middletown, Conn.
Class of 2005
Travis Hale, CPM ‘05, is proud to announce his engagement to Jenna Gingue. Jenna is an office assistant at Gingue’s Auto Body and Travis is a sub-contractor at Hale Construction. The wedding is planned for Aug. 22, 2015.
Bethany Osha, VET ‘05 & John Silloway, CET ‘10, were married March 1, 2014. The bride is now employed as the office manager for the Specialty Clinics at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph. The groom is now a partner and works with Silloway Farms and Silloway Maple in Randolph Center. The couple now makes their home on their farm in Randolph Center.
Class of 2004
Anthony M. Girelli, EET ‘04, is pleased to announce his engagement to Corey L. Klecha. The future groom is presently employed at Global Foundries in Malta, N.Y. The future bride is presently employed by AIM Services in Wilton, N.Y. The couple resides in Gansevoort, N.Y. and are planning a Sept. 20, 2014 wedding in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Travis A. Palmer, CPE ‘04 & CPE ‘06, married Valerie M. Thibodeau on Feb. 8, 2014. Valerie is currently working as a Pre Professional Architect at Dore & Whittier Architects Inc. Travis is currently working as a Software Engineer at FullStack, a web development company out of Iowa.
Class of 2001
Brian W. Sodaro, CPE ‘01, is thrilled to announce his engagement to Ashley Eller. Ashley currently works as Program Manager for the University of Denver and Brian is a Solution Engineer for RealPage, Inc. They are planning a Colorado wedding for Aug. 2, 2014.
Class of 1999
Charles D. Ezequelle, ABT ‘99, married Mallory McDonnell on June 7, 2014. The bride is a project engineer at Omya Inc. in Pittsford, VT and the groom is a project manager at Renaud Brothers Inc. of Vernon, VT. The newlyweds reside in Brookline, VT.
Class of 1996
Ruth S. Beard, RHT ‘96, age 66, wife of William S. Beard, mother of Daniel D. Beard and Rachel (Beard) Keast, died at her home surrounded by her family on Oct. 29, 2014. She was born Aug. 25, 1948, to Thomas W. Sykas and Ruth E. (Woodward) Sykas. She grew up with her four siblings, Anna Sykas, Elizabeth Sykas-Ringgenberg, Thomas W. Sykas and Timothy D. Sykas. She devoted her life to the service of others. She cared for her mother, her children, her cherished grandchildren, her siblings and her nieces and nephews. She hosted her beloved exchange student, Manue, from Spain. She provided refuge for strangers in need. She loved her dog Fargo, flying, hot air ballooning, riding her motorcycle and playing the cello. Ruth loved singing in the choir with her husband. Together they visited many interesting places around the world. She worked tirelessly to promote car seat safety and the inclusion of those with disabilities. She graduated from Montpelier High School in 1966. She went on to study nursing and graduated in 1969 from The Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Worcester, Massachusetts. She married her husband, Bill, that same year and began her first career as a maternity nurse at the Leonard Morse maternity ward in Natick, Massachusetts. She continued her work at Lowell General Hospital, Lowell, Massachusetts, Copley Hospital in Morrisville, and Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin. She left full-time nursing with the arrival of her son, Daniel, and later her daughter, Rachel. However, she continued to care for people in new roles such as camp nurse at Camp Wihakowi, Lamaze instruction and as a special education aide for the Montpelier Public Schools system. She also cut bread for her friends at the Manghis’ bakery. She continued her education with degrees from St. Joseph’s College in North Windham, Maine, and Vermont Technical College. She earned her master’s degree in speech and language pathology from the University of Vermont in 2001. This allowed her to start her second career in speech pathology and assistive technology. She began working at the Family Center of Washington County, where she was able to provide support and care for the children she loved so much. She was an active and dynamic member of the Christ Episcopal Church. She sang in the choir and served in ways to many to list.
Class of 1994
Michelle M. Trahan, VET ‘94, is pleased to announce her engagement to Michael R. Jones. They are both employed by GE Healthcare. They will be married on Oct. 25, 2014, at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne.
Class of 1979
Bruce G. Charland, CET ‘79, age 55 passed away peacefully in his home while surrounded by family and friends on June 21. Bruce bravely and courageously battled cancer for over 6 years with his loving and supporting wife, Debra (Collins) Charland, and countless family and friends by his side every step of the way. He was born and raised in Bethlehem to Arnold and Lois (Lang) Charland on October 18, 1958. He attended Littleton High School and graduated with the class of 1976. A few years later he graduated from Vermont Technical College as a Civil Engineer Technician. He was a dedicated employee for the State of N.H. for almost 33 years before retiring in January 2012. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his two precious grandsons who were his pride and joy. He also enjoyed NASCAR racing, camping with family and friends and spending quality time with his buddies at the sugarhouse. He loved to putter around the house and always made sure the grounds were well maintained and pleasing to the eye. He always had many different projects going on, and loved to build and fix anything and everything. He spent countless hours working with his automobiles.
Class of 1976
Linda Hull, AMT ‘76, age 62, died peacefully at her winter home in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Thursday, April 17. Born Jan. 4, 1952, she attended Hartland Elementary School and Hartford High School and graduated from Vermont Technical College. She had worked for Vermont Castings and retired from Pepin Granite of Barre. She had lived in Pomfret, South Royalton, Hartland, Randolph and many happy years in Woodbury with her husband, Chip Chaffee II. She enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, and just being outdoors.
Clifton F. Langmaid, AMT ‘76, age 59, of North Danville, died Thursday Aug. 7, 2014, just before evening chores, at Northeastern VT Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury following a courageous battle with F-ALS. He was born April 17, 1955, in St. Johnsbury, the only son of Forrest and Clara (McGill) Langmaid. In 1974 Clif graduated from Danville High School and in 1976 he graduated from Vermont Technical College with an associate’s degree in agriculture. Clif owned and operated the farm in North Danville village for over 30 years being the sixth generation on that farm. He bred and raised high quality Registered Holstein cattle and received the Master Breeders Award from the Holstein Association in 2014. He also received the Century Farm Award from the Vermont Farm Bureau/Grange organization. Clif made it his personal mission to raise awareness and funds for ALS research in order to find the cure for this devastating disease. Besides operating his farm, he built the Apple Log Lodge at the Curtis Vance Memorial Orchard in N. Danville where many community functions are held. He enjoyed family cruises and working on the Apple Log Lodge with family and friends.
Class of 1971
Stanley R. Cutts, AG ‘71, age 68, of Troy and formerly of Randolph, Vt., died peacefully June 5, 2014, in the comfort of his home with his family near after a period of failing health. He was born in Brattleboro, May 12, 1946, son of the late Esther (Coulter) and Revel Cutts. He was educated in Townshend, Vt., and graduated from Leland & Gray High School in 1964. Soon after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served during the Vietnam War as a radio operator. He was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant-E4 after four years of loyal service. After his enlistment he went on with his education and graduated from Vermont Technical College and the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in business management. On May 26, 1973, Mr. Cutts exchanged vows with Lynda J. Larocque at S.S. Donatian and Rogatian Church in Randolph. They were married with family and friends in attendance and had been together for 44 years. Mr. Cutts worked as a carpenter for 40 years before retiring in 2010. He had faith by being with family and nature. He believed in hard work and family values. He loved to travel and was an avid outdoorsman and spent a lot of time in the woods hunting, fishing, cutting wood, cultivating his vegetable garden, restoring fields, riding his all-terrain vehicle and raising his small heard of beef cows. He was very passionate about umpiring in the softball leagues for men’s and women’s associations in New Hampshire and Vermont with his primary focus being the Greater Keene Men’s and Women’s Leagues. He was very passionate about the Vermont Wood Bat Softball Tournament, which he was instrumental in establishing and held for over 10 years in Chester, Vt. He was also a big Red Sox fan.
Class of 1970
Charles Van Cor Jr. MEC ‘70, age 40, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 from injuries sustained in a roll-over accident in Lexington, Mass. He drove tractor trailer trucks of all shapes and sizes for 17 years. He drove flat bed, reefer trailer, tank, and doubles. This is what he liked to do. He drove in over 35 different states, and delivered just about anything you might need in your house from cleaning supplies to food, furniture, and mail. Chuck was an avid model builder, belonging to three different model groups in N.H. (Upper Valley Model Club, Granite State Modelers, and the Ship Model Guild at DHMC. He built cars, trucks, tanks, but his favorite was WWII class warships. He also was involved with Boy Scout Troop #279, and was former Scout Master for Pack #279, both of Lebanon, NH. Every year, both of his hobbies would merge, and with the help of the Upper Valley Model Club, he would introduce scouts to model building. Chuck loved animals and they loved him, but his greatest love of all was his family. He was born March 2, 1974, in Berlin, VT to Charles Eugene Van Cor Sr. and Linda (Largo) Van Cor, and grew up in Randolph, VT, where he graduated high school in 1992. He went to Champlain College, and Vermont Technical College, before getting his commercial driver’s license in 1997. In the summer of 1994, he met his wife of almost 17 years Stacey A. (Mooney) Van Cor and moved to Lebanon in 1995. They were married in East Concord, N.H. on September 27, 1997. In 2000, Chuck and Stacey welcomed the birth of their twin boys, Charles Eugene Van Cor III and Johnathan Allen Van Cor. They meant everything in the world to him. He took his family with him on the road whenever the opportunity arose.
Class of 1968
Ralph F. Tassie, EET ‘68, age 67, passed away at home March 5, 2014, after a long illness. Ralph was born Aug. 14, 1946, in Hartford, Conn. At age 3, his family moved to Montpelier, after his father’s sudden death. Ralph graduated from St. Michael’s High School in 1965 and Vermont Technical College in 1968. He continued his education while working for IBM taking many classes at the University of Vermont. He married Elizabeth “Betty” Perry on Nov. 26, 1966. She was the love of his life. They enjoyed a wonderful life together traveling around the U.S. and a backpacking trip through Europe. They adopted their daughter, Heather Lynn, when she was 12 days old in April 1980. Ralph and Betty introduced her to camping when she was a few months old. Ralph began a 39 year career with IBM as a technician, engineer and manager based in Essex Junction. He enjoyed business travel to many states, Canada and Europe and temporary assignments to New York, Virginia and Florida, retiring in 2007. From an early age, Ralph enjoyed hunting, fishing, biking, hiking, and boating. He loved shark tagging in Maine with his buddies, Jack and Steve. Playing golf with friends and especially Christi was a major Florida pastime. After retirement, Ralph and Betty bought a motor home and travelled up and down the East Coast with future plans to drive across the U.S. as they had done in the 1970s. They sold their home of over 20 years in Essex Junction and bought another in Ruskin, Fla., continuing to drive back to Vermont to live in the motor home for the summer and be near their daughter, Heather and granddaughter.
Class of 1967
Tony J. Cosentino, HT ‘67, age 66, died May 31, 2014, at his home. He was born in Rutland, June 2, 1947, son of Anthony and Romalda (Delliveneri) Cosentino. Tony was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy and Vermont Technical College.
Class of 1964
Ralph H. Burrington, HT ‘64, formerly of East Burke, VT., passed away July 22, 2014, in Palmer, Texas at the age of 71. Ralph was born June 26, 1943, to Pete and Arlene (Batchelder) Burrington in Lyndonville. He attended Lyndon Institute and received degrees from Vermont Technical College and Northeastern University. Ralph filled his career surveying and bridge and road engineering in Vermont, Texas, South Carolina, Florida, St. Thomas, and Puerto Rico.
Class of 1963
Kenneth W. Schwenn, EET ‘63, age 70, died Thursday, April 24, 2014, at home, following a long battle with COPD and lung cancer. He was born May 25, 1943, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Carl W. Schwenn and Marie M. (Harrison) Schwenn. Ken moved to Vermont in 1957 and graduated from Essex Junction High School in 1961. He went on to attend the Wentworth Institute in Boston and graduated in 1963 with an Associate’s Degree in Electronics from Vermont Technical College. In 1963, he joined the IBM Corp. in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., as an electronics technician. In 1964, he took a leave from IBM and joined the Vermont Army Guard and was trained as a radar repairman. While stationed in Fort Monmouth, N.J., he married the love of his life, Elizabeth (Marcoux) Schwenn on Dec. 19, 1964. After leaving active service, they moved back to East Fishkill, N.Y., and transferred back to Vermont in 1965. Settling in Milton, they raised two beautiful, smart and talented daughters. Ken worked for IBM his entire career holding many different positions in engineering – management and technical staff – until his retirement on Jan. 31, 2002, with more than 38 years of service. He often remarked that he really hadn’t gone far – as his last office was no more than 50 feet from where he had his first summer job for IBM in 1961. Ken had a lifelong passion for machinery, tools and making and building things. Along the way, he had many sideline businesses from excavating to a welding and machine shop. He was especially proud of his shop where he built custom trailers, wood splitters, and did all manner of rebuilds and repairs on machinery. He also operated a portable saw mill. For a while, he had a gun dealership. Ken fulfilled a lifelong dream when he earned a private pilot license in 1985 followed by an instrument rating in 1988. Sadly, deteriorating health grounded him in 1989. After retirement, he continued building things for family and generally acted as “Mr. Fix-It” for the family. He also continued his hobby of antique radios and electronic equipment. He was an avid reader, reading up to five novels a week. He enjoyed the fellowship of his friends at his monthly PJ Breakfast Group and Lunch Brunch of co-workers and retirees from IBM. Both Ken and Liz appreciated the kind and compassionate care that Dr. Thomas Paterson and Joanne Hunt – A.P.R.N. gave to Ken during his last few weeks. They also would like to thank the entire staff of the VNA Hospice Program for their support and concern.
Class of 1960
Nelson K. Jacobs, HT ‘60, age 74, of Prospect, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the St. Mary’s Hospital VITAS Unit with his family by his side. He was the devoted husband of Carmen Beasley Jacobs. Mr. Jacobs was born March 16, 1940, in Wilmington, Vt., a son of the late Gordon Frank and Dulcena Smith Jacobs. He graduated from Wilmington High School and Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vt. He worked for the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation as a Civil Engineer, retiring in 1997 after 36 years of service. Jake enjoyed hunting, fishing, country music, dancing, kicking up his heels, and his camps in New York and Vermont, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of the N.R.A. and a founding member of the Prospect Gun Club. Mr. Jacobs proudly served his country in the Army National Guard from 1963 to 1969. He was a member of the American Legion in Adams, N.Y. and was very active with the Prospect V.F.W.
Robert G. Russ, HT ‘60, age 75, of Vinton, VA, went to be with his savior while in Okeechobee, Florida on Monday, July 21, 2014. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, always putting his family first. When he and his wife retired, they enjoyed traveling in their RV, visiting 49 states. Okeechobee, Florida became their favorite spot to spend the winter months. He enjoyed NASCAR and attended races at many of the different tracks. A more loyal fan of the New York Yankees and the Washington Redskins could not be found. Fishing, woodworking, reading, and tending to his flower garden were a few of his favorite pastimes. Bob was a 1960 graduate of Vermont Tech in Randolph, VT. He moved to Virginia in 1960 and began his career for the Dept. of Highway and worked in 1970 for E.F. Blankenship Co. as Construction Superintendent. He also worked for Pendleton Construction Co. and retired from English Construction Co. in 2000 after 30 years in the business. He was a member of Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church. He was the son of the late Ned and Nelda Russ.
Class of 1953
Delbert W. Palmer, AG ‘53, age 79, a lifelong resident of Waitsfield, passed away peacefully at his home in Waitsfield, Jan. 25, 2014, surrounded by his loving family and dog. Born Aug. 22, 1934, the only son of Everett and Kathryn Palmer, of Waitsfield, Delbert began his life on his family farm on the East warren Road in Waitsfield. He grew up working on the farm and helping with the production of maple syrup for the well-known family business. Delbert graduated from Waitsfield High School in 1951 and shortly after began his studies in agriculture at Vermont Technical College, where he graduated in 1953. On Oct. 25, 1958, he married his lifelong partner, Sharlia (Bohannon). He lived his life a short distance from his childhood residence with his wife and three children. As he welcomed his grandchildren into the world, they too lived within a short distance. In 1995, Delbert and his wife took over the six-generation family maple sugar business, Palmer Maple Products, that won prestigious awards and was known all over the world during its duration. He made sure the business had a large emphasis on family and all members had a specific job, no matter how young they were. He was a local meat cutter for 26 years and enjoyed interacting with the many community members that counted on his skill and attention to detail. He was well known for “running the roads,” looking for someone to talk to in town, as his wife never really knew his exact location. Whether a conversation over coffee, or a meeting at the fire station, he enjoyed talking with others within his community. He never missed an opportunity to help others and would respond quickly, even if he had to get there with red light flashing and siren blasting. His heart was dedicated to serving the community of the Mad River Valley. He joined the Waitsfield Fire Department at age 17 and dedicated 62 years of service, 23 of those years as chief. Delbert was instrumental in encouraging women to join the fire department, having had both daughters part of the department. Further down the road his granddaughter Shannon and his grandson Jared joined the department. He was so proud of the men and women that he worked and served with on the fire department. Delbert also served on the Mad River Valley Ambulance as a driver for 25 years and was fire warden for 25 years. Delbert was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who really enjoyed helping to raise his grandchildren by enriching their lives. Not a day would go by where he didn’t think of or see his grandchildren who all live on the “hill”.
Class of 1951
Hollis “Sonny” Edwards Jr., AG ‘51, of South Cambridge, VT, died at home on January 22, 2014, after a long illness, just down the road from the brick farmhouse where he was born 81 years ago on April 16, 1930. He was the son of Iola (Flanders) and Hollis Rae Edwards Sr. Sonny began school at the age of five, sometimes riding downhill to the one-room school on his sled. He attended high school at Cambridge High School. He graduated from the Vermont School of Agriculture (now VTC) in 1951, and was the sixth generation to own the family farm. During his lifetime, the farm changed from having Jerseys to Holsteins. The Edwards’ farm was the last working farm in South Cambridge. The owner of a distinctly dry sense of humor, he delighted in passing along the latest joke, or occasionally springing one on the unwary. An inveterate old Yankee farmer, Sonny could fix nearly anything with baler twine, duct tape, wire and hope. He was a member of the Vermont Farm Bureau for over 50 years, and served the Lamoille County Farm Bureau in many capacities. He received the Kieth Wallace award from the Vermont Farm Bureau in November 2011. He was very involved in the community. He served on the Lamoille County Reparative Board and Lamoille County Court Diversion, as well as the local Development Council and the town finance committee. He will be missed at Town Meeting for being willing to make motions and asking, “would someone please explain…” for his or others edification. In September 1985, he married Barbara Smith Collins.
Class of 1950
Amory C. “Doc” Smith, Ed.D, AG ‘50, died June 1, 2014 in Episcopal Church Home, in Louisville, KY., with his dancing partner and wife of 27 years, Betty Holzapfel (Wellendorff) Smith, and stepdaughter, Nancy W. Church, at his bedside. Amory was born July 2, 1931, to Eva and Merton Smith Sr., in East Bethel, Vt. Doc’s life defies definition with words. He was intensely patriotic, a great humorist, auctioneer, pilot, builder, musician, and lifelong educator in Vermont at South Royalton High School, South Burlington High School, and Burlington High Technical School. He was a Korean War veteran, member of the Melody Knights band, life member of the East Bethel Grange, as well as a proud Honorable Kentucky Colonel. Amory was president of the New England Adult Education Assoc.; Potentate of Mt. Sinai Shrine (1997), Montpelier; coordinator of 2000 census in Vermont; Chaplain, Secretary and Life Member of B.P.O.E. Lodge #916; and Chaplain and Life Member of V.F.W. Post #0094. Doc attended Vermont Technical College, University of Vermont, and Syracuse University where he earned his Doctor of Education degree in 1987. He married Betty Holzapfel of Louisville, Ky., and they made their home in South Burlington, Vt.
Class of 1949
Ned N. Hayes, AG ‘49, age 86, died Friday, June 27, 2014, at Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington. He was born in Tinmouth on July 8, 1927, the son of Warren and Florence Rabtoy Hayes. Following graduation from Middletown Springs High School, he served in the U.S Army Air Force and then earned a degree in agriculture from Vermont Tech in Randolph. Mr. Hayes married Janice Gordon on June 6, 1992. In earlier years, he farmed and later operated a Mobil service station, worked in sales for a petroleum company and was a machine operator for General Electric. He enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, coaching baseball, and was a Boston Red Sox fan.
Class of 1946
Richard Mattison, AG ‘46, 85, of Shaftsbury died Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at his residence. He was born May 16, 1929, in North Bennington, the son of the late Wendell and Anna (Niles) Mattison. Mr. Mattison received his education in North Bennington and graduated from Vermont Technical College in 1946. On Jan. 6, 1951, he married the former Lorraine Moriarty at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington. For four years, he served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne. He served with Company B while stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C. After the service, Mr. and Mrs. Mattison returned to the area and purchased a farm in Shaftsbury, where they started a dairy farm. Mr. Mattison was employed at Polygraphic Printing Co. in North Bennington. He maintained both careers for 20 years. In 1972, the Mattisons purchased Iron Kettle Restaurant in Shaftsbury. The restaurant was sold in 1988. They began the process of cultivating and planting trees on their Shaftsbury property, which became Mattison Christmas Tree Farm that the family continues to operate
Class of 1941
Frank R. Stafford, AG ‘41, age 91, passed away on May 30, 2014. At the time of his passing Frank and Virginia were being cared for by his daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Steven Lynch of Fairfax, Vermont. Frank Stafford was born January 27, 1923, in South Wallingford, the son of Roy H. and Mary (Gorton) Stafford, Frank attended school in Wallingford and graduated in 1944. He continued his education by enrolling in courses covering farm operation and graduated from Vermont Technical College. During the next 30 years Frank would carry on the family legacy by operating his farm bordering the Hartsboro Road in South Wallingford. His farm operation and practices qualified the farm as being one of the top Ayrshire Farms in Vermont. In 1950 he married Virginia Mae Hesse of Rutland, Vermont. They had two daughters, Connie Marie Stafford and Janice Ann (Stafford) Lynch. Frank and his family would continue to farm and participate in many agricultural shows and activities at the local, state, and national level until he retired from farming in 1973. He continued to share his love of the land and knowledge of farming as a salesman for Ground Products Division of Vermont Marble Company, Omya Incorporated, Shelburne Limestone and South Wallingford Limestone. In 1997 Frank retired as office manager at the quarry in South Wallingford. Frank served our farming community and his church by holding various offices and working on many committees. A few of these endeavors were: Member of the National Ayrshire Breed Association, charter member of the Rutland Natural Resources Conservation District, member and past master of the local Maple Valley Grange, as a member attained higher degrees at the regional, state and national level, served on the Wallingford School Board, Rutland County Farm Bureau, Justice of the Peace for Wallingford and served as Deacon, treasurer and member of the Business Committee managing the South Wallingford Church. While farming, he especially enjoyed participating in many regional Ayrshire cattle shows taking great pride as his animals received many awards and ribbons often showed by his daughters. He was an avid Red Sox and Boston Celtics fan. His flower beds brightened the lives of those who drove by and he was always willing to share the blessings he received with those in need. The Lord welcomed a truly great man that for his entire life walked, worked and lived next to us as a true Vermonter. He will always be remembered and remain an example of a person who lived every moment loving life. You could tell by his constant smile and the twinkle of his eyes that he enjoyed every challenge and viewed every day as an opportunity and a gift from God.
Class of 1940
Donald R. Tarbell, AG ‘40, of Belmont passed away on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, after a long illness. He was 94. Born in Healdville on November 16, 1919, Don was the son of Raymond C. and Vinnie (Shattuck) Tarbell. He was the third of six siblings in the Tarbell family. He attended Black River Academy and Vermont Technical College. He served in the Army Air Forces 1942-45, where he was assigned to the Air Transport Command and stationed at Recife, Brazil, a key base on the South Atlantic air ferry route to Africa and Europe. He assisted his brother Francis Tarbell on the family farm in Healdville and was employed on road crews of the town of Mount Holly. He served frequently as Road Commissioner for Mount Holly, and after that elected office was discontinued in 1974, as Road Foreman for the town. Following his retirement from full-time employment in 1982 he continued for many years to operate the town grader during the summer. The roads he built and maintained are still in use today. In 1960, Don married Geraldine (Marcotte) Manley, who predeceased him in 2002. The couple resided in Belmont, where Don served on the local beach committee and the Mechanicsville Cemetery Committee. He was a member of the American Legion Post 36 in Ludlow and belonged to the Village Baptist Church in Belmont. Deeply versed in the history of the town, Don was known for his accurate memory and lively story telling.