In Memoriam

Gone, but not forgotten.

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Firefighters Prayer

When I am called to duty, God wherever flames may rage,
give me strength to save a life, whatever be its age.
Help me to embrace a little child before it’s too late,
or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert to hear the weakest shout,
and quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me,
to guard my neighbor and protect his property.
And if according to your will I have to lose my life,
bless with your protecting hand my loving family from strife.

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Gary Lackey 1940-2023

Gary Lackey, 83, died peacefully on Thursday, June 22, in Bennington.

He was born on January 26, 1940, to Harold and Madeline (Pike) Lackey Sr. He lived his childhood and most of his life in Wilmington, attended Wilmington schools, and graduated from Wilmington High School.

After high school, Gary worked at Mount Snow Ski Area. Following that, he worked as an auto mechanic at Lackeys Garage with his father. Upon his father’s death, he continued to run Lackeys Garage for several years. He worked for the town of Wilmington Highway Department, enjoying the daily camaraderie of his co-workers. He also spent some time driving the bus for the MOOver.

In retirement, Gary lived several years in Florida, enjoying numerous happy hours with close friends and family. Before that, he especially enjoyed many years bowling in a men’s league with his friends at North Star Bowl in Wilmington. He followed in the family tradition, spending time in the woods hunting deer.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Lackey, of Wilmington. He leaves his daughter, Lorri Hall, of Wilmington; sons Russell Lackey (Cathy), of Wilmington, and Chad Lackey (Ann), of Whitingham; grandchildren Riley Hall, Mitchell Hall, and Alex Lackey; his sister, Marianne Lackey; and a brother, Morris Lackey. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jackie Lackey, and brothers, Harold Lackey Jr. and Gordon Lackey. He loved his dog, Moose.

Services will be held on Tuesday, July 11, at 11 am at Covey Allen and Shea Funeral Home in Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center, 3 Cross County Circle, Wilmington, VT 05363.

Butch Granger 1951-2023

Allan “Butch” Granger, 72, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 14, after losing his battle with cancer. He was at home with his wife, Cyndi Sprenger-Granger,
Butch was born, raised, and lived his life in Wilmington. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman.
He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory,” – Dr. Seuss.

Marty Goodell 1949-2023

Marshall “Marty” Ellis Goodell
Marty with his son, FF Craig Goodell and Chief Moore and Asst. Chief Spirka at the Public Safety Building open house.

Born the 28th of March, 1949 in Gardner, Massachusetts, Marshall “Marty” Ellis Goodell was the son of Marshall Terrance Goodell and Helen Mildred Ellis. He grew up in Athol, Massachusetts where he attended local schools, played ball with other local neighborhood children and enjoyed episodes of “Howdy Doody,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Gunsmoke.”

1969 began his military career. In the Army, he spent time overseas in Germany. Upon his return, he accepted employment at Mount Snow as a lift operator eventually becoming a welder. Later, he ventured out as a private contractor welder and took jobs in California, Colorado, Michigan and the Dominican Republic. In more recent years, he enjoyed making delivers for FedEx as a custom critical driver. Marty volunteered for the Wilmington Fire Department for 33 years where he formed many close friendships and stories of comedic proportion.

Marty enjoyed hiking, skiing, the ocean, road trips, good books and peanut butter cookies. Some of the happiest memories of his life were formed on the shores of Rye Beach, his time with the fire department and in the company of his devoted family of which he was immensely proud and vigilant.

Marty passed away peacefully on January 10th under the adept and devoted care of the staff at Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, Vermont thus ending his 11 year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

An exemplary son, brother, husband and father, Marty is survived by his devoted wife, Catherine Esther Goodell (Boyd), his daughter, Jennifer Dawn Goodell, son, Craig Michael Goodell sister Mary Jane Spencer (Goodell) and her husband, Maurice Spencer. He leaves four grandchildren- Brialyn Renee, Ethan Michael, Keiron Christopher and Ellyanna Lea as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his loving parents, Marshall Terrance and Helen Mildred Goodell and his sister Marjorie Goodell.

Services with military honors will be held at the Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home on Saturday January 28 at 1pm , a memorial reception will follow the service at the Wilmington Fire House.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wilmington Fire Department or the Vermont Veteran’s Home in care of the Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363. 

Jake White 1950-2021

Jake White
Jake White

Jacob Leonard White, 70, a lifelong resident of White’s Road in Wilmington, passed away on June 28, 2021 at his home surrounded by family. Jake’s positive attitude and strength helped fight a courageous five year battle with cancer. Jake was born on October 13, 1950 in Brattleboro, to Stuart and Nellie White. His father unexpectedly passed away when he was three and he and his brother, Walter, were raised by their mother on their dairy farm. He attended Wilmington schools, graduating in 1968. He was a standout athlete in basketball and baseball and his classmates voted him “kindest” his senior year, an attribute that held true his entire life. He began working in the grocery business at O.O. Ware after school and continued his career with Grand Union and Shaws. He was known by all as the friendly face in the dairy aisle and enjoyed conversing with customers. He enlisted in the Vermont National Guard after high school. In 1976, he built a house on the family property. He picked a spot high on the hill with spectacular sunsets overlooking Haystack Mountain. His house became a home when he married Monique Boisvert in 1980 and they raised two children, Michelle and Jeremy. Jake’s legendary service to the Wilmington fire department as a dedicated member for nearly 50 years will never be forgotten. His passion for helping others will be forever engrained in the hearts of countless members throughout our community. He was very often the first to arrive on scene and most definitely the one with the air pack leading a team into the burning building. His knowledge of local trails made him the natural leader of search and rescue and usually the one to find the missing hiker. He carried his pager on his belt until the day he died, his heart forever ready to serve. Also known as “Mr. Haystack”, Jake was passionate about the outdoors and hiking. In 2010, he and his faithful hiking partner, his grand-dog Cloe, hiked Haystack Mountain over 100 times. He was a dedicated member of the Wilmington trails committee and donated countless hours mowing trails, putting up signs and creating new trails. He served as a Wilmington select board member, budget committee member and on Deerfield Valley Rescue. His service to our community was recognized in 2016 when he was awarded the American Legion Citizenship medal for his unwavering dedication to the valley. Jake was passionate about deer hunting and was lucky most years, harvesting many impressive bucks. He enjoyed the view from his stand and appreciated the hours he spent in the solitude of the woods. His passion for softball carried forward from high school and he played for many local teams in Readsboro, at Town Hill and Brattleboro Memorial Park. He was known for his speed and his ability to outrun an infield hit to first base. He also loved rooting for his favorite team, the Boston Red Sox, and enjoyed many games at Fenway Park. Jake will be remembered as a kind and generous Vermonter, for his love of family and the outdoors, for his strong work ethic, leadership, simplicity, positivity and for his lifelong service protecting and supporting our community. He leaves his wife of 40 years, Monique Boisvert White, brother Walter White, daughter Michelle O’Neil, son in law Ryan and grandchildren Carter and Morgan, son Jeremy White, daughter in law Juliana and step grandchildren Anthony and Khloe. He was predeceased by his father, Stuart White, his mother, Nellie Visser White and his son Jason White. Services will be held on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 2pm at Riverview Cemetery on Stowe Hill Rd in Wilmington followed by a gathering. Memorial gifts may be made to the Wilmington Firefighters Association in care of Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home PO Box 215 Wilmington VT 05363.

Richard Covey 1953-2021

Richard Covey
Richard Covey

Richard Carl Covey went to “his forever” home” on Wednesday June 16, 2021 after a five year struggle brought on by multiple strokes. Richard was born on October 31, 1953 in Bennington to Robert L. Covey Sr. and Jean (Cook) Covey joining his older brother Robert Jr. Richard joined the Wilmington Fire Department as a junior firefighter in 1970 under the watchful eye of Chief Barker Willard. Richard went up the ranks and ended his career as the Assistant Chief. He married Monique Holland on June 28, 1986 , together they built their home on Ray Hill and were blessed with two daughters , Danielle who was her father’s shadow joining him at the firehouse as a little girl and joining the department herself in 2001. Danielle also worked alongside her dad and grandfather, Nicole was daddy’s little blue eyed blonde. Richard worked with his father at R.L. Covey & Son for 43 years. Richard was a devoted employee passing on family vacations to ensure the work got done. Richard was a founding member of Deerfield Valley Rescue and was an active member from 1974-1984. He served on the cemetery commission in the town of Wilmington for many years. He was an active member of the Deerfield Valley Stumpjumpers Snowmobile Club and enjoyed his late night peaceful trips grooming the trails. Richard served as Fire Warden for the towns of Wilmington and Somerset. He leaves his wife of 35 years Monique, his daughter Danielle (Ricky Kennett), his father Robert L. Covey Sr., brother Robert L. (Kathie) Covey Jr., granddaughters Gracelyn Moore, Aaryanna Rounds, Jacqueline Gerbasi and twins Jaylin and Kaydin Kennett , son in law Cody Gerbasi, mother in law Mildred Holland, sister in law Angelique Colford, former brother in law Mark Colford, brother in law Rusty Holland, nephews Mark and Jeremy Covey, Tyler and Corey Colford and niece Erin Covey , many cousins including a sister he never had Carol King Reed, aunts as well as many friends. Richard was predeceased in death by his mother Jean on December 12, 1991and his daughter Nicole on April 12, 2020. The family would like to thank the many health care workers that were there during this five year journey, including two special ladies that allowed him to be at home for two years , Jane Raymo and Sue Galipo. Funeral services will be held on Saturday June 26 at 11am at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Wilmington burial with Firefighter Honors will follow in the family lot in Riverview Cemetery. Calling hours will be held at the Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home on Friday from 4-6pm when the family will be present. Memorial gifts may be made to the Wilmington Firefighters Association (for the brotherhood fund) in care of the Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363.

Lawrence E. Brissette 1943-2020

WILMINGTON- On Monday, June 1, Lawrence E. Brissette, 77, of New Smyrna Beach, FL and Wilmington, died peacefully with his children by his side. He was born on January 5, 1943 in Wilmington to Albert and Louise P. Brissette. He attended area schools and graduated from Wilmington High School in 1961. He joined the USMC shortly after high school and served until 1967. He was an active member of the Wilmington Fire Department for 15 years and served the town of Wilmington in various capacities including the zoning board. He worked for New England Telephone Company for 30 years.
He married Jacquelyn Brissette in 1966 and together they raised six wonderful children. She died shortly after their 49th anniversary.
Mr. Brissette was known for his great love of Red Sox baseball and the New York Giants. He enjoyed playing softball and golf with friends. He also took great pride in his family. He coached high school baseball for many years. Many will remember his red hair and wide smile.

He was preceded in death by his parents and older sister Anne, as well as his wife. He is survived by his sisters, Alberta and Caroline, and his brothers, Samuel and James. He is also survived by his children, Terri, Tammi, Todd, Tine, Timothy, and Tyler. He was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
In the last few years of his life, Mr. Brissette spent traveling the country visiting his family and friends with his companion Joyce Brooks.
His high school poem summed up his personality perfectly: “Basketball, soccer, baseball, too These are his likes, none too few. Even with his big broad knees, Dancing is a part of these.” He will be missed.

Cleon Boyd 1956-2020

Cleon Allen Boyd, 64, a resident of East Dover Road passed away on Friday April 3, 2020 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center from complications of the COVID-19 virus. The son of the late John Boyd and Janice Batchelder. He was born in Bennington Vermont on March 13, 1956. He grew up on the family farm in Wilmington, attended Wilmington Schools and Graduated from Wilmington High School. Throughout his life he had worked as an equipment operator for many people in the Deerfield Valley including Fitzpatrick Excavating, Plimpton Construction, John Boyd and Wayne Corse. However his true passion was operating a Snow Cat and grooming the trails of Hogback, Haystack, Mt. Snow and for seven years at Snow Valley Resorts in California. Cleon had the ability to traverse the steepest inclines and create the smoothest trails. In the summer months he would use his talents maintaining the trails in preparation for the coming winter. Cleon was a former longtime member of the Wilmington Fire Department, he loved riding his Honda Goldwing motorcycle. He had a close family and enjoyed going to camp and being at the sugarhouse with them. With an appreciation of country music he loved to get together with his family and sing country songs. He leaves his mother Janice Batchelder of Brattleboro, sons Christopher Boyd and wife Kaya of Dover, Zachari Boyd and wife Caitlyn of Readsboro, daughters Naomi Boyd of New Hampshire and Meghan Carrier and husband Devon of Readsboro, his grandchildren Christopher Boyd Jr., Emma Boyd, Gavon Carrier, Alia Garvin, Clowee Lafreniere and Albion John Lanphear. Brothers Leon Boyd (his twin) of Dover, Bucky Boyd of Wilmington, sisters Theresa Clare of New York, Carol Boyd Johnson of Northern Vermont and Tammy Snow of Dover, three great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Guy Edward Nido Jr. 1937-2019

Guy E. Nido Jr., 82, a lifelong resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 1, 2019 at the Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington where he had been a resident for the past three years. Guy was the youngest child and only son of Guy E. and Svea (Johnson) Nido. He was born at the family home on Ray Hill Road on April 15, 1937. Growing up in Wilmington, he attended local schools, graduating from Wilmington High School in 1955. Following graduation, he served 4 years in the United Sates Air Force where he was stationed in Iceland and assigned to Radar Operations. Upon returning from the military, Guy worked for Guy E. Nido Inc., a fuel oil business owned by his father. In May 1961 he married Janet Brown of Heath Massachusetts at the Wilmington Congregational Church. Upon his father’s death, he managed the oil business with his mother for three years and assumed ownership of the company in 1971. Guy had an unfailing hard work ethic and was devoted to his business, customers and community. He served his town as a volunteer fireman, member of the select board, water commissioner and played on the town baseball team for several years. He was a Shriner and Past Master of Social Lodge #38 Free & Accepted Masons, of which he was a member for many years. Guy enjoyed hunting at his camp on Haystack, attending car shows, sports and spending time at the Maine house. Guy suffered a stroke in 2016 and was a patient at Grace Cottage Hospital for three months prior to residing at the Vermont Veterans’ Home. Guy is survived by his wife of 58 years Janet (Brown) Nido, daughters, Kim Benedict and husband Douglas of Spofford, NH, Kelly Nido and husband Marc McClanahan of Colchester, Vt, son, Greg Nido and wife Hannah of Wilmington, six grandchildren, Erin Benedict, Kyla and Lucas McClanahan, Max, Jack and Sam Nido, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sisters Ruth Wight, Elnora Scribner, Svea Jane McCarthy, Mary Lundberg and Kathy Jenkins.
The Brattleboro Reformer, 6 Nov 2019

John H. “Jack” Dolan 1948-2019

Wilmington- John H. Dolan, 70, a resident of Ray Hill Road, died June 13 at his home.
Mr. Dolan was born in Springfield, MA, on October 13, 1948, the son of the late Charles and Winona Mutch Dolan. He attended St. Thomas School in West Springfield, graduating from West Springfield High School.
He worked in shipping and receiving for G.S. Precision for nearly 40 years. He was a member of the Wilmington Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years, enjoyed golfing, fishing, snowshoeing, and rabbit hunting.
Mr. Dolan is survived by his brother Peter Dolan and his wife Penny, of Granby, MA, and his nephew Ryan Dolan of Millbury, MA.
At the request of the family there are no formal funeral services. If friends desire, gifts in John’s memory may be made to the Wilmington Fire Department or Twice Blessed, c/o Covey, Allen & Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363.

Peter Barton 1936-2019

WILMINGTON- Peter D. Barton, 83, a resident of Winter Haven Drive, died Saturday, June 22, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Mr. Barton was born in Barton on February 12, 1936, the son of Roger and Helen McMann Barton. He graduated from Orleans High School and attended the University of Vermont. Barton was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during the Korean conflict.
Mr. Barton was an officer for the Vermont State Police and former Bennington Chief of Police. He spent 10 years in the Attorney General’s Office as the Chief State Investigator and was also an investigator for Bennington County as part of the state’s attorney’s office.
Mr. Barton was the former chief of security at Mount Snow, and since 1987 he owned and operated The Barton Agency Inc. He was also a very active member of the community, having served as town and school moderator from 1970 to 1983, justice of the peace from 2015 to 2017, town constable from 1971 to 1979, 1989 to 1990, and 1998 to present. In addition to this, he was a 20-year veteran of the Wilmington Fire Department.
Mr. Barton was also a 58-year, 32nd-degree member of Social Lodge #38, F & AM, in Wilmington, from which he recently retired as secretary. He was also a former Worshipful Master of the Lodge, a trustee of the Baptist Church, and a member of the Brattleboro Elks Lodge. His true passion was his family and his love for summers at his camp in Barton.
Mr. Barton is survived by his wife Connie, whom he married on April 6, 1958; his children, Keli Gould and her husband Joel, of Wilmington, Jeffrey Barton and his wife Joanne, of Colchester, and Timothy Barton and his wife Carolyn, of Westborough, MA. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Jamie Brown and her husband Christopher, Stefanie Rosso and her partner Chad Bullock, David Rosso and his wife Lindsay, Nicholas, Connor, Ryann, and Drew Barton; and five great-grandchildren, Brayden, Landon, and Avery Brown, and Grace and Isla Bullock. He is also survived by his sister, Susan Farrelley, of East Brookfield, MA, and his brothers, Barry Barton, of South Carolina, and James Barton, of Charleston.
Funeral services for Mr. Barton were held Thursday, June 27, at 1 pm at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Wilmington. Interment and military honors followed in Riverview Cemetery.
In lieu of visiting hours, friends were invited to join Mr. Barton’s family at a reception in his honor, immediately following interment services, at the Masonic Temple. Gifts in Mr. Barton’s memory may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, c/o Covey, Allen and Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363. To send the family personal condolences visit

Robert Lewis Greene 1928-2018

Robert L. Greene, 90 a resident of Merrill Drive passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday November 4, 2018. The son of Merrill and Florence (Wood) Greene, he was born in Brattleboro on February 24, 1928. Bob grew up in Wilmington where he graduated from Wilmington High School, Class of 1946. His father established Greene’s Service Center, a fixture in Wilmington where Bob began his career in the automotive repair business, he purchased the business in 1963 and operated it until his son John purchased the business. He married Evelyn S. Canedy on July 13,1946 in Manchester, Vermont. Bob was a longtime member, Past Master and Treasurer of Social Lodge #38 F&AM in Wilmington. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and producing maple syrup. He leaves his wife Evelyn of Wilmington, sons Robert Greene of Bennington, John Greene of Wilmington and Peter Greene of Williamsville, daughter Susan Cann of Allenstown, NH, three sisters Mary Sabey of Seattle, WA, Polly Qua of Valatie, NY and Carol West of Great Barrington, MA, ten grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his son Joel.
The Brattleboro Reformer, 7 Nov 2018

Raymond Cyrus “Cy” Lavoy 1920-2017

Raymond Cyrus Lavoy, 97, a resident of Wilmington, passed away August 18, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Raymond was born in Wilmington on May 9, 1920 the son of the late Cyrus and Marguerite (Beaudry) Lavoy. He graduated from Wilmington High School where he played both baseball and basketball. Raymond was a mechanic for Moran’s Garage before entering the Army where he served in World War II. Following his discharge from the service he worked as a self employed plumber and propane gas distributor and retired at the age of 80. He was a member of the United State Army Air Corps and former member of the VFW and American Legion in Wilmington. For 55 years he was a member of the Wilmington Water Department where he served as Water Commission for many years. He was also a member of the Wilmington Fire Department for twenty-five years and the Sheriffs Department for fifteen years. Raymond played on town and military baseball and basketball teams and enjoyed golf and in his earlier years hunting. Not only was he an avid New York Yankee baseball fan, but he was a ball player as well, having been signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Military service ended that possibility but after his service he continued to pitch for the town baseball team. He enjoyed all sports, and spending time with his family. Raymond is survived by his children Tamara Karwoski of Palm Harbor, FL, Dennis Lavoy of Lake Worth, Florida, Susan Ruprecht and husband Carl of East Berkshire, VT, Mark Lavoy and wife Marie of Wilmington, Chris Lavoy of Wilmington, and Lisa Levitas and husband Jon of Goshen, NY, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Beatrice Ann Dunn (Bobbie) whom he married in Adams, MA on November 30, 1946. Mrs. Lavoy passed away October 13, 2016. Also preceding him in death was his brother, Roland B. Lavoy and his grandson Kevin M. Lavoy. Funeral services for Raymond will be held Sunday August 27, 2017 at 2pm at Covey-Allen & Shea Funeral Home 44 East Main Street Wilmington, VT. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery. Visiting hours at the funeral home will be held Sunday August 27, 2017 from 1-2pm. If friends desire, memorial gifts in Raymond’s memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Association, c/o Covey-Allen & Shea Funeral Home P.O. Box 215 Wilmington, VT 05363. Funeral services for Raymond will be held Sunday August 27, 2017 at 2pm at Covey-Allen & Shea Funeral Home 44 East Main Street Wilmington, VT. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery. Visiting hours at the funeral home will be held Sunday August 27, 2017 from 1-2pm.

Charles Frank Dunn 1928-2017

Charles Frank Dunn, 88, a resident of Blackberry Lane and formerly of Wilmington, VT, passed away June 23, 2017 at Bennington Health & Rehabilitation. Charles was born in Wilmington, Vt on August 2, 1928 the son of the late Frank Dunn and Marguerite Smith , and attended Wilmington schools. Charles worked as a machinist for many years, retiring from G.S. Precision. He was a true outdoorsman and was an avid hunter and fisherman. In his later years he enjoyed taking pictures and upon retirement he moved to Mapleton, ME and wintered in Florida. He was a former member of the Wilmington Fire Department. Charles is survived by his daughter Catherine Cairns and her husband Bill of Manchester Center and their children Erin and Sam , sons Michael Dunn of New Hampshire and his children Andrew, Michaela and Keelin , and Scott Dunn and his wife Debbie and their children Ashley, Matt and Heather, sisters Geraldine (Gerry) Christiansen of Wilmington, his former wife Beatrice Dunn of Whitingham, step children Skip Rafus and his children Buddy, Aaron and Mark , Linda Owens and her children Samantha, Brandie and Tabitha. He was preceded in death by his second wife Barbara Meade Rafus and his sisters Beatrice (Bobbie) Lavoy and Marguerite Joanne Brown. Funeral services for Charles will be held Friday morning June 30, 2017 at 11am at Covey-Allen & Shea Funeral Home 44 East Main Street Wilmington, VT. Interment will follow in the family lot in Riverview Cemetery in Wilmington. There are no visiting hours. If friends desire, memorial gifts in Charles’ memory may be made to the Wilmington Fire Department, c/o Covey-Allen & Shea Funeral Home P.O. Box 215 Wilmington, VT 05363. services for Charles will be held Friday morning June 30, 2017 at 11am at Covey-Allen & Shea Funeral Home 44 East Main Street Wilmington, VT. Interment will follow in the family lot in Riverview Cemetery in Wilmington. There are no visiting hours.

John Snow 1967-2017

John Snow

John W Snow 49 of West Dover, VT died suddenly March 22, 2017 at home. Born in North Hampton, MA on Nov. 25, 1967 the son of John W Snow and Annette (Morse) Waldo. He was raised in West Dover VT and graduated from BUHS class of 1986. Ten attended TCI for Automobile Mechanics. He worked for the Town of Newfane in the highway department. He loved to hunt and work outdoors and was proud to be a fireman with 37 years of combined service between the West Dover and Wilmington Fire Departments. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Viola Morse, and Louis and Mildred Snow. He is survived by parents, John Snow, Sr. and Annette (Morse) Waldo, aunts, uncles, cousins and his wife ,of 19 years , Tammy (Boyd) Snow and the apple of his eye his daughter, his daughter, Theresa V Snow. Now John is finally at rest. Please hold him close in your heart as we do. We want our message as a family to be one of encouragement to those struggling with depression. You never know when a kind word or a simple hug might change somebody’s day. Strive to be the encouraging difference in a person’s life. Be open and willing to discuss these difficult topics with your family and the ones you hold dear. If you know someone going through a difficult time, encourage them to seek help (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline // Call 1-800-273-8255) and remind them that although their experience is individual, you are there to listen and support them in any way possible.

Wallace James Sage Sr. 1915-2012

Wallace James Sage Sr., 96, of Hinesville, departed this life on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at Coastal Manor Nursing Home. A native of Somerset Vt., he was the superintendent of the New England Box Company in the late 1950s. Wallace enjoyed painting Vermont scenery as a retirement hobby and therapy. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Mary Nutting Sage, his son Wallace “Buster” Sage, and four grandchildren He is survived by five children, Barbara (Harold) Sparks, Randy (Betty) Sage, Reggie (Heidi) Sage, Ronnie (Barbara) Sage, Gary Sage; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home of Flemington is handling local arrangements. A small private family gathering will be held Sunday. His funeral will take place in Vermont and arrangements will be made at a later date.
Coastal Courier, 16 Aug 2012

Michael Allen Raymo 1944-2012

Michael Allen Raymo 1944-2012 WILMINGTON, VT Michael Allen Raymo, a resident of East Main Street in Wilmington, passed away after a long illness Friday, May 18, 2012 at his home. Michael was born in Wilmington, Vt., on December 11, 1944 the son of Richard Paul and Dorothy (Day) Raymo. Michael attended Wilmington schools and was a Wilmington High School graduate, class of 1963. Michael entered the United States Army in June 1963, serving two tours in Germany, also serving in VietNam and Panama, retiring from active duty in 1983. Upon returning to Wilmington, he worked for the Wilmington Police Department as dispatcher and the Town of Wilmington Mowing Operations and as a land fill attendant. He was a former member of the Wilmington Volunteer Fire Department and was a member of the American Legion Post 15 in Wilmington for thirty-nine years. Michael enjoyed the outdoors, especially Somerset Reservoir, and retired to his camp “I Dunno” which he thoroughly enjoyed. Michael is survived by his two daughters, Dr. Claire Gudewich and her husband Vincent of Frederick, Md., and Dr. Patricia De Angelis of Annandale, Va.; his brothers, Richard Raymo of Wilmington, Vt., James Raymo of East Dover, Vt., and Bartley Raymo of Wilmington, Vt.; his sister, Isabel “Bunny” Rice of Westbrook, Maine; his grandchildren, Olivia, Alexander, and William Gudewich, and Kristin and Thomas De Angelis; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. His sister-in-law, Jane Raymo, was his loving caregiver. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Michael will be held Saturday June 9, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Covey & Allen Funeral Home, 44 East Main Street Wilmington, Vermont. He will be laid to rest next to his parents in the family lot in Riverview Cemetery in Wilmington, where full military honors will be accorded. There are no visiting hours. If friends desire, memorial gifts in Michael’s memory may be made to the Wilmington Fire Department, c/o Covey & Allen Funeral Home P.O. Box 215 Wilmington, Vermont 05363. To send the family personal email condolences, please visit The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Covey & Allen Funeral Home, 44 East Main Street Wilmington, Vermont.

Leonard Harold “Pete” Johnson 1921-2011

Leonard “Pete” Johnson 1921 – 2011 WILMINGTON, VT Leonard “Pete” Johnson, a resident of Ray Hill Road in Wilmington, passed away Sunday March 27, 2011 at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. Pete was born on December 9, 1921 the son of Mason and Marjorie (Temple) Johnson. He received his education in Wilmington schools, graduating from Wilmington High school and Brooklyn Polytech Institute. Upon returning from active duty in the Army Air corps during World War II as a flight officer on B-26 planes, Pete owned and operated Parmelee and Howe in Wilmington with his brother-in-law from 1951 until they closed in 1994. Pete enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved to fish the rivers in New Brunswick, Canada during the salmon run. A man who was always very active, he was an avid outdoorsman who hunted for deer, birds, rabbits, lynx and bear. In his earlier years he enjoyed trapping, snow mobiling and snow shoeing. Pete was a member of the Wilmington School Board in the 1950s, when talk about consolidating schools first rose as an issue. He was Wilmington Fire Chief in the 1960s, was a member of the Deerfield Valley Rod and Gun Club, the Weston Trout Club and was also a 57-year member of The Free & Accepted Masons in Wilmington. He was twice Grand Marshall of the Wilmington Old Home Days parade. Pete is survived by his daughter Pamela Johnson Holden of Casco, Maine, his grandson Luke Holden and his wife, Erin, of Casco, Maine, step-grandchildren Samantha Snell and her sons of Putney, Vermont and Waldo Holden, III of Alaska, his brother Robert Johnson of Brattleboro and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Mary Howe, whom he married in Wilmington on January 1, 1943. Mary died November 5, 2010. He was also predeceased by his sons, Scott Warren Johnson who died in 1976 and Peter Mason Johnson who died in 1985. FUNERAL NOTICE: Graveside funeral service for Pete will be held Wednesday afternoon 1pm, March 30, 2011 at the family lot in Riverview Cemetery in Wilmington. There are no visiting hours. If friends desire, memorial gifts may be made to the Scott Johnson Scholarship Fund, through the Wilmington Congregational Church or the Peter Johnson Fund, through the Deerfield Valley Sportsman Club, c/o Covey & Allen Funeral Home P.O. Box 215 Wilmington, Vermont 05363. To send the family personal email condolences please visit The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of COVEY & ALLEN Funeral Home 44 East main Street Wilmington, Vermont.

Published by Brattleboro Reformer on Mar. 29, 2011.

Larry E. Chase Sr. 1953-2009

Larry E. Chase, Sr., 56, died at Springfield Hospital on Sunday, October 4, 2009. He was born in Portsmouth, N.H. on March 31, 1953, son of Arthur and Madelyn Jones Chase. Larry was raised and educated in Halifax and Brattleboro and became a firefighter at the age of 17. He was with the Brattleboro Fire Department, West Dover Fire Department, the Deerfield Valley Rescue in Wilmington and the Wilmington Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on cars. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Barre. Larry is survived by his wife, Jeannine Chase, of Chester; two sons, Larry A. Powers and Anthony Chase both of Springfield; a daughter, Sheri L. Evans of Williamstown; two brothers, William P. Gorsky Sr. of Charlestown, N.H. and Robert A. Chase of Brattleboro; four sisters, Gloria St. Jean of Salem, N.H., Vera Crosier of Halifax, Darlene Forbes of Brattleboro and Dale Zelasquez of Concord, N.H.; 11 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Timothy, and a sister, Francis Hanson.
The Brattleboro Reformer, 7 Oct 2009

Clinton Thomas “Biggie” Hall 1931-2008

Clinton Thomas Hall, 76, a lifelong resident died Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Langdon Place of Keene, Keene, N.H., following an extended illness. Born on Sept. 29, 1931, in Readsboro, son of Clinton Morris Hall and Margaret Jane Davies, he was known as Biggie throughout his life as a result of his size at birth. He attended Northeastern University in Boston, leaving to serve in the Army during the Korean Conflict, Mr. Hall worked for many years as a carpenter with Barker Willard, and then with Guy Nido, Inc. until his retirement. He had been a captain of the Wilmington Fire Department, and a member of Social Lodge #38 of the Vermont Free and Accepted Masons. He loved to read, and enjoyed hunting and being outdoors. He leaves his former wife, Sally Reynolds of Wilmington, whom he married Feb. 8, 1969; two daughters, Lynn Stewart, and her husband, Allan, and Connie Jeanne Hall, both of Wilmington; a brother, Gary Walter Hall and his wife, Louise, of Foxboro, Mass.; a granddaughter, Emeline Stewart, and three nephews and their families. He was predeceased by a brother, Milton Davies Hall, who was killed in action on Aug. 28, 1944 in World War II in St. Jacques, France.
The Brattleboro Reformer, 18 Aug 2008

Jean Francis Canedy 1920-2007

WILMINGTON — Jean Francis Canedy, 86, a resident of Larson Road, died Wednesday morning, July 18, 2007, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. Mr. Canedy had resided at the Twin Maples Community Care Home in Bennington for the past 31/2 years. Mr. Canedy was born on Aug. 31, 1920, at the family home which was on the Wilmington Flats adjacent to the Wilmington White House. He was the son of the late Ralph and Maude (Temple) Canedy. He grew up in Wilmington where he attended local schools, graduating from Wilmington High School in 1938. In earlier years, he had worked with his father logging timber in the area. In Somerset, they had constructed a bridge over the river to gain access to the logs. Many times he and Lewis Snow would spend a week in camp working the timber and come to town on the weekends. Eventually his logging expertise brought him to work for Haynes Brothers, where he worked for 43 years, retiring as general manager of the company. Throughout his career, he was involved in many projects including being the dozer operator who blazed the first trail at the Mount Snow and Okemo ski resorts. Along with Lincoln Haynes and Harlow Howard, he designed and built the smallest covered bridge in the state of Vermont in 1946 at the Pinkham Farm on Stowe Hill Road. The bridge has since been widely photographed and recognized. He also obtained and established, with Haynes Brothers, the very first Ski-Doo snowmobile franchise in Vermont, located in Wilmington. Mr. Canedy was proud to serve the town of Wilmington as a person involved in the community in various capacities including a member of the Selectboard for almost 15 years, many of those years as chairman. He also was the building inspector for 11 years and moderator of the Annual Town Meeting. He was appointed by Gov. Richard Snelling to be the supervisor for Somerset, a position he held for a number of years. He and his friend, John Lundstedt, had built his home on Larson Road in 1953, where he and his late wife, Mary Jane, raised their children. An avid sportsman, he was a former member of the Deerfield Valley Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, in particular rabbit, coon and bird hunting. He also loved to train beagles for rabbit hunting. His favorite was his dog Sy, who would travel on the back of his snowmobile into the woods for the day. As a sportsman, he took the time to teach his children the proper way to handle a gun safely and effectively. He enjoyed playing music and in earlier years liked attending the square dances at the Pinkham Farm. He was married to the former Mary Jane Stewart in Whitingham on June 28, 1940. She died on Dec. 28, 1995. Mr. Canedy is survived by a son, Jay Canedy of Wilmington; a daughter, Deborah Haslund of Wilmington; two sisters, Evelyn Greene and Joyce Boyd, both of Wilmington; two grandsons, Ethan Wetherby of Greenfield, Mass., and Mark Wetherby of Fort Rucker, Ala. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Craig Canedy. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Wilmington Congregational Church, with the Rev. Marcia Dorey, pastor, officiating. Following the service, Mr. Canedy will be buried next to his wife, Mary Jane, in the family lot in Riverview Cemetery. Friends may call at the COVEY & ALLEN FUNERAL HOME on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. when the family will be present. Should friends desire, gifts in memory of Mr. Canedy may be made to either the Deerfield Valley Health Center or Twin Maples Community Care Home, in care of the Covey & Allen Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363. To send personal e-mail condolences to the family of Mr. Canedy visit

Brattleboro Reformer (VT) – Thursday, July 19, 2007

Robert Leland “Mr. Zip” Pike 1925-2006

Robert L. “Mr. Zip” Pike, 81, a resident of Castle Hill, died Sunday evening, October 29 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Pike was born in Wilmington on August 22, 1925, the son of the late Leland and Ruth (Johnson) Pike. Growing up in Wilmington he attended local schools and graduated from Wilmington High School in 1943. He joined the Unites States Navy while still in high school and upon graduation went directly into the service, where he was assigned to the Marine Corps as a medic. He served in Guam, Guadalcanal, Okinawa, and at the Corps Evac. Hospital #3 in Ishahya, Japan. He was also a member of the expeditionary force that entered Nagasaki at the end of World War II. He was the recipient of the World War II Victory Medal, American Theatre Medal, and Pacific – Asiatic-Theatre Medal. Following his military duty he returned to Wilmington where he married Arlene Johnson in May, 1947, Mrs. Pike died April 16, 2006. Mr. Pike had worked as a carpenter, for the Vermont State Highway Department, and for the Town of Wilmington Highway Department. For 27 years he had been a rural mail carrier in the Deerfield Valley area, retiring in the late ’80s. Mr. Pike enjoyed his home, especially mowing the lawn, and had also enjoyed camping with his wife for several years. He was a former member of the Wilmington Fire Department. He leaves his son Anthony and his wife Tina Pike, of Wilmington; a son, Timothy Pike of Richland, WA; a brother, Glen Pike, of Wilmington; grandchildren Benjamin Pike, of Wilmington and Brande Veraguth, of East Dover; great-grandchildren Loren Elizabeth Veraguth, Tyler Jakob Veraguth, and Teagan Riley Pike; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Pike was laid to rest next to his wife at graveside funeral services on Wednesday, November 1, at 11 am at the Pike family lot in Riverview Cemetery, with the Reverend Steven McClelland, pastor of the West Brattleboro Baptist Church, officiating.
The Brattleboro Reformer, 31 Oct 2006

Franklin Neil Olmstead 1926-2006

F. Neil Olmstead, 79, of Lecanto Fl., died on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, following a long illness. Born Oct. 12, 1926, in Bethel, Vt., he was the son of the late Kneeland C. and Hazel (Davenport) Olmstead. Following his education, Mr. Olmstead enlisted in the Air Force in 1948 and was honorably discharged in 1952. While in the military, he met and married Rose-marie Minor in Wilmington, Vt., on July 9, 1950. The couple resided and raised their family in Wilmington. Mr. Olmstead worked for R.J. Roberts, Inc. as an auto body mechanic as well as for Guy Nido, Inc. delivering home heating fuel; however, he was a carpenter for most of his life, working for several contractors throughout the Deerfield Valley area before moving to Lecanto in 1992. Mr. Olmstead was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying deer hunting and fishing. He enjoyed spending time at the family camp in Randolph, Vt. He was an accomplished woodcrafter who could build most anything. Mr. Olmstead was a former member of the Wilmington Fire Department as well as a former member of the Masonic Lodge in Wilmington. Two brothers, Henry and Kneeland, Jr. and a daughter, Christine, predeceased Mr. Olmstead. In addition to his wife of 55 years, survivors include a son, Craig Olmstead and his wife, Doris, of Wilton, N.Y.; a son, Scott Olmstead and his wife, Liz, of Keene, N.H.; a sister, Virginia Manning, of Randolph; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The Brattleboro Reformer, 21 Feb 2006

Myron Leroy Cross 1928-2005

WILMINGTON — Largely attended graveside services for Myron L. Cross were held at the Cross family lot in Riverview Cemetery on Saturday afternoon with the Rev. Douglas LaPlante, pastor of the Wilmington Baptist Church, officiating.
The eulogy was delivered by family friend Arnie Bernard. Personal reflections and memories were shared by friends and family, including by his daughter Amanda.
Don and Lynn Boles sang “Wind Beneath My Wings” as the song of reflection. Mr. Boles, playing guitar, accompanied the congregation in singing “Amazing Grace.”
Following the service, family and friends came forth to place some of Mr. Cross’ garden dirt in his grave in honor of his outstanding gardening talents.
Members of the Wilmington Fire Department, of which Mr. Cross was a 30-year member., formed an honor guard during the service.
Serving as bearers were grandsons Weston and Tanner Yule. Following the service, friends and family gathered at Mr. Cross’ home to share memories and to continue to celebrate his life.
Attending the services were administration and staff from the Town of Wilmington.
Mr. Cross, 77, a resident of Ray Hill Road, died Nov. 9, 2005, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.
Arrangements were under the care of the COVEY & ALLEN FUNERAL HOME.

Published by Brattleboro Reformer on Nov. 14, 2005.

Paul K. Allen 1929-2004

Paul K. Allen, 74, a longtime resident of Wilmington and more recently of Shelburne, died Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, 2004, in Burlington following a lengthy illness. Born in Wilmington on March 21, 1929, he was the son of the late Harold G. and Helen (Kenrick) Allen. Mr. Allen grew up in Wilmington attending local schools and was a graduate of Wilmington High School, Class of 1947. He went on to further his education at Vermont College. He served with the United States Army during the Korean conflict. He married the former Denise N. Newman in Wilmington on April 11, 1953. He was a local business owner for many years. Following retirement, Mr. Allen and his wife ran The Allen Guest House where they were known for their hospitality. Prior to that he had been the highway superintendent for the Town of Wilmington for many years. In 1995, they relocated to Williston. Mrs. Allen died on March 9, 1998. Mr. Allen had most recently resided in Shelburne. He had been a longtime member of St. Mary’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church, a life member and former assistant chief of the Wilmington Fire Department and a member of the Wilmington Lions Club. He leaves two sons, Douglas M. Allen of Colchester and Christopher P. Allen of Guilderland Center, N.Y.; a daughter, Maribeth A. Berliner of Richmond; a brother, Max Allen of San Fransisco; six grandchildren and many loving extended family members.
The Brattleboro Reformer, 22 Jan 2004

Taft Hamilton 1972-2004

Taft Hamilton

Taft G. Hamilton, 31, a resident of East Main Street, died Friday morning, March 5, 2004 at the Southwest Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

Born in Bennington on Nov. 5, 1972, the son of William and Harriette (Roemer) Hamilton, he grew up in Wilmington where he graduated from Wilmington High School. He married the former Ann Phillips in Wilmington on Sept. 19, 1992. Establishing his own business many years ago, he had developed Hamilton Lawn Care into a multifaceted maintenance business serving the Deerfield valley area.

Taft took great pride and spirit in his community. He was a member of the Wilmington Fire Department and a former member of Deerfield Valley Rescue. He loved to play golf with his friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, all of Wilmington, he leaves a son, Troy Hamilton, at home; a sister, and her husband, Susan and Eugene Carr of Richmond, Va.; a nephew, Brian Harrigan; an aunt, uncle and cousins.

A service to remember the life of Taft G. Hamilton will be held on Monday, March 8 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church with the Rev. Marcia Dorey, pastor of the Wilmington Congregational Church, officiating.

Interment will take place at a later date in the Riverview Cemetery. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the Wilmington Firefighters Association or Deerfield Valley Rescue in care of the Covey & Allen Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363.

Eric Alan Davis 1985-2003

WILMINGTON — Eric Alan Davis, 18, a resident of Davis Drive, died unexpectedly Monday morning June 2, 2003, in Wilmington.

Davis was born in Bennington on Feb. 1, 1985, he was the son of Alan and Lynn (Boyd) Davis.

He received his education in Wilmington at the Deerfield Valley Elementary School and Wilmington Middle High School. In addition, he had attended the Southeastern Vermont Career Education Center in Brattleboro in the Building Construction Trades program. In earlier years he had been active with the Cub Scouts and had played Little League baseball. An outdoors person, he enjoyed hunting, four-wheeling, dirt-biking and in the winter, snowboarding, snowmobiling and ice fishing. He was a junior member of the Wilmington Fire Department and had worked with his father during the summer months in the business his grandfather established, Philip Davis and Son Construction.

Mr. Davis leaves his parents, Alan S. and Lynn G. Davis of Wilmington; a half-sister, Kimberly Laird of Ridgeway, Colo.; his paternal grandmother, Eleanor (Cutting) Davis of Wilmington; his maternal grandmother, Geraldine (Dunn) Christensen and maternal step-grandfather Karl Christensen, both of St. Petersburgh, Fla., and Wilmington; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

In honor of his love of the outdoors, graveside services will be held at the Davis family lot in Intervale Cemetery on Smith Road (across from the Sitzmark) in Wilmington on Friday, June 6, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Marcia Dorey, pastor of the Wilmington Congregational Church, officiating. There are no calling hours. A memorial reception with refreshments and fellowship will follow the services at the Wilmington Fire House. All are invited to attend.

Memorial donations may be made to the Wilmington Firefighters’ Association (Junior Program) or to the charity of one’s choice in care of the Covey & Allen Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363.

Donald Ray Johnson 1926-2000

Donald R. Johnson, 74, a resident of West Main Street, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning, Dec. 12, 2000, at his home. Born in his current residence on March 14, 1926, he was the son of Mason and Marjorie (Temple) Johnson. He grew up in Wilmington, where he attended local schools. Mr. Johnson entered the U.S. Army during World War II in 1944 and was assigned to the 35th Infantry, 320 Division. After serving a short time in his division, he was called upon to participate in the Battle of the Bulge. It was there he received a life-threatening wound which resulted in him being brought back to the United States to recuperate. During his recovery, he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for injuries received in the line of duty. He was married to Alice “Bunny” T. Denning at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Brattleboro on Oct. 6, 1951. Mr. Johnson had worked for more than 45 years for the state of Vermont’s Department of Transportation. He retired as foreman of the local district. He was past post commander of the Nelson E. Pickwell Post 15 of the American Legion in Wilmington, a 25-year member of the Wilmington Fire Department, a former Wilmington Water District commissioner, a life member of the VFW and DAV. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and had shot his first buck in many seasons just this year. He was an avid gardener, spending countless hours tending to his vegetables. He had been one of the first recipients of the Wilmington Citizenship Award. He will also be remembered by many as the unofficial “Town Skunk Trapper.” He leaves his wife and their three sons, Dennis Johnson, Brian Johnson, and Keith Johnson, all of Wilmington; two brothers, Leonard “Pete” Johnson of Wilmington, and Bob Johnson of Brattleboro; a sister, Arlene Pike of Wilmington; four grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by two brothers, Alger end Carl Johnsen, and two sisters, Jeannette Farnum and Virginia Dary. Funeral services will be held on Saturday morning, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Covey & Allen Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery in Wilmington.
The Brattleboro Reformer, 13 Dec 2000

Alfred Lewis “Mike” Boyd 1930-1997

Alfred Lewis “Mike” Boyd, 67, a former resident of Whitney Lane, died Oct. 10 in Ocala, Fla., following a long illness. Born in Wilmington Jan. 30, 1930, he was the son of Wesley and Nellie (Leno) Boyd. He attended Wilmington schools. On Sept. 16, 1950, in Brattleboro, he was married to Aurora L. Deneault, who survives. For many years he had worked as a patrolman for the state Agency of Transportation at the Marlboro location. He retired in 1987 and relocated to Florida. Mr. Boyd and his wife would return to Wilmington on an annual basis to visit family and friends. In earlier years, he had been a member of the Wilmington Fire Department and had enjoyed square dancing. He always enjoyed playing cards. Besides his wife of Belleview, Fla., he is survived by two sons, Michael Boyd of Athens, Tenn., and Peter Boyd of Wilmington; two daughters, Catherine McElroy of Barre, and Christina Pike of Wilmington; many grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by six brothers and one sister. A service of remembrance will be held Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Wilmington, with the Rev. Peter Putis officiating. Interment will follow in the Boyd lot in Riverview Cemetery.
The Brattleboro Reformer, 17 Oct 1997

Clarence “Buzzy” Towne 1937-1990


Clarence L. “Buzzy” Towne Jr., 53, a resident of Higley Hill, died Thursday morning at his home. Born in Springfield, Mass., on June 26, 1937, he was the son of Clarence and Gladys (Noble) Towne. He received his education in Suffield, Conn., and attended Greenfield Community College, Hartford Regional Technical School, and the Vermont State Police Academy, and the National Fire Academy. Mr. Towne was married to the former Mary Thayer on July 29, 1967, in South Newfane. He had been a member of the U.S. Army National Guard. Employed by the Town of Wilmington since 1976, at the time of his death he had been highway superintendent for two years. He was also a special officer with the Wilmington Police Department. Previously he had operated his own garage and had worked as a mechanic and equipment operator for several years. He also owned and operated a field and lawn mowing business, and his friends remember seeing him mowing fields late into the night. Mr. Towne was a founding member of Deerfield Valley Rescue in which he remained active for 15 years. He was a lieutenant in the Wilmington Fire Department, past assistant chief and had been a member for 20 years. He was a member of the Green Mountain Beach Committee for 14 years and was instrumental in improving the beach to its present quality. He attended the East Dover Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Deborah and Kathleen Towne, both of Wilmington; a sister, Carol Cain of Westfield, Mass., his stepmother Ruby Towne Hamblin of Winter Park, Fla., nieces and nephews.
The Brattleboro Reformer, 24 Aug 1990

Robert Maynard Sr. 1936-1996

Robert Maynard Sr.
Robert Maynard Sr., Robert “Bobby” Maynard Jr., Scott Maynard

Robert Alan Maynard, Sr., 60, a resident of Lisle Hill Road, died unexpectedly Thursday, Nov. 14, at his home. Born in Messena, N.Y. on May 23, 1936, he was the son of Lyman and Edith (Fetterly) Maynard. He moved to Wilmington with his family at the age of two and attended Schools there. He was Salutatorian of the Wilmington High School, Class of 1954. Following high school, he attended the University of Vermont in Burlington. He entered the United States Air Force in 1955, and served until being discharged in 1959, he was recalled to active duty during the Berlin Crisis and served until Aug. 1, 1963. He was married to Sheila King in Our Lady of Fatima Church in Wilmington on April 15, 1967. He began his working career at Vermont National Bank in Wilmington as a teller and worked his way up to branch Manager, when he left there in 1973 to work at Richards Insurance of Wilmington. He then worked as Accounts Receivable Manager at The Brattleboro Retreat for a brief time. In 1975 he joined Green Mountain Power Corp. in Wilmington and continued to work there until his retirement June 1. 1995, retiring as District Manager. Active in his community, Mr. Maynard joined the Wilmington Fire Department in March of 1964, he had served as an officer of the department since 1969, he was the Department Captain from 1983-1993, he had held the position of Treasurer from 1972 until the present. In 1988 he received the designation of “Firefighter of The Year” by the Vermont State Firefighters Association. He had also been instrumental in the formation and direction of the department’s marching unit which, with his assistance, had received the honors of Best Appearing Marching Unit in the state of Vermont four times in the past ten years. He was a member of the Vermont State Firefighters Association and the Nelson D. Pickwell Post 15 of the American Legion of Wilmington. He was a longtime member of the Five Stooges Bowling Team at North Star Bowl. He had enjoyed golfing, the Celtics, the annual ritual of getting wood in for the winter, and will be remembered for his sense of humor. In earlier years, he played baseball for the Wilmington Town Team, coached little league and had been a longtime member of the Wilmington Lions Club. Mr. Maynard is survived by his mother, Edith Maynard; his wife, Sheila Maynard; two sons, Robert A. Maynard, Jr., and Scott Maynard; a daughter and her husband, Joanne and Michael Crosier and a grandson, Kody Crosier, all of Wilmington. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Our Lady of Fatima Church with the Rev. Joseph Tate, CSC, Pastor and the Rev. John Fitts, Pastor of the Wardsboro Church, officiating. Interment will follow with military and Fire Department honors in the Riverview Cemetery. There are no calling hours.
The Burlington Free Press, 16 Nov 1996

Fred Eugene Look Jr. 1922-1996

Leland Anson Pike 1898-1980

Leland Anson Pike, 81, of South Main Street died Thursday morning at Putnam Memorial Hospital in Bennington following a lengthy illness. He was born in Wilmington on Oct. 18, 1898, the son of Elbie S. and Carrie (Averill) Pike. He attended schools in Wilmington and lived here all his life. At the time of his death, Mr. Pike was an honorary member of the Wilmington Fire Department, having been an active volunteer with the department from 1931 to 1976. He had also served as a commissioner of the Wilmington Water Department from 1933 to the early 1970s. He is survived by his wife, the former Ruth L. Johnson, whom he married in Wilmington on Feb. 14, 1923; two sons, Robert and Glenn, both of Wilmington; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Private graveside services will be conducted Saturday in Riverview Cemetery by the Rev. John P.R. Morgan, minister of Wilmington Congregational Church.
The Brattleboro Reformer, 4 Apr 1980

Francis Dary Minor Sr. 1907-1978

35 year member of the Wilmington Fire Department

Clarence Gerald Sage 1890-1977

Harold John Lackey Sr. 1909-1975

Fire Chief for 29 years 1938-1967

Richard Paul Raymo 1916-1973

Benjamin Henry Bernard 1910-1970

Benjamin Henry Bernard, 60, of Ray Hill died of a heart attack Thursday afternoon while working on Shearer Hill for his employer, Haynes Bros., contractors. A stone mason, Mr. Bernard had worked for the local company since 1943. Funeral services will be held at Covey Funeral Home Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Friends may call there tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery. He was born in Halifax Jan. 14, 1910, son of the late Fred A. and Maggie (Copen) Bernard. A member of the Wilmington Volunteer Fire Department for many years, he formerly served as a captain. Survivors are his wife, the former Dois LaRock, whom he married Jan. 2, 1929; a son, Arnold H. of Wilmington; three daughters, Mrs. Helen E. Chapman of Wilmington, Mrs. Jane Lemire of Medway, Mass., and Mrs. Roberta Herman of Holcomb, N.Y.; a brother, Fred Bernard of Jacksonville; two sisters, Mrs. Roxie Williams of Whitingham and Mrs. Lottie Ivine of Cos Bay, Ore., and eight grandchildren.
The Brattleboro Reformer, 5 Jun 1970

Stanley Fish Gilmore Sr. 1914-1969

Guy Edward Nido Sr. 1895-1968

Guy E. Nido Sr., 72, an oil distributor, veteran of World War I, died Tuesday in Brattleboro Memorial Hospital after a year’s illness. Funeral services will be held in the Wilmington Congregational Church Friday at 2 p.m. the Rev. Walter Oddy officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery. Mr. Nido was born in West Dover on Aug. 1, 1895, son of William and Mary (Bogle) Nido. He was married on Oct. 4. 1919 to the former Svea Johnson, who survives. He began work for Standard Oil Co. in 1920 and worked for that concern and other oil companies until 1950 when he became local distributor for Mobil. He was a member of Nelson Pickwell Post, American Legion. Survivors besides his wife are five daughters, Mrs. Norman Wight and Mrs. Richard Scribner of Dublin, N. H., Mrs. Jane McCarthy of Landover HiIls, Md., Mrs. John R. Lundberg of Niles, Mich., and Mrs. Charles Jenkins of Madrid, Spain; a son, Guy E. Nido Jr.; of Wilmington; a sister, Mrs. Ranald Fisher of Schenectady, N.Y., and 12 grandchildren.
The Brattleboro Reformer, 24 Apr 1968

John Peter Reando 1885-1967

Chief 1936-1938

John P. Reando, 81, a resident of Wilmington the greater part of his life, formerly fire chief here, died unexpectedly yesterday at the home of friends in North Brookfield, Mass. Mr. Reando, residing since March with his daughter, Mrs. Edith Forbes in Waltham, Mass., had gone to North Brookfield for a few days’ visit. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Covey Funeral Home. Friends may call there tomorrow night from 7 to 9. Burial will be in Intervale Cemetery. Born in the Province of Quebec, Canada, Oct. 23, 1885, He was about three years of age when his parents, Peter and Eugenia (Cauderette) Reando, moved to Wilmington. As a young man he worked in the lumber business with his father and later was employed by the New England Box Co. His wife, the former Alta Haynes, died a number of years ago. Surviving besides his daughter, Mrs. Forbes, are two other daughters. Mrs. Walter Manley of Boston and Mrs. Etta Mason of West Palm Beach, Fla.; three brothers, Alex and Ernest of Tupper Lake, N.Y., and George of Rochester, N.Y.; two sisters, Mrs. Rose Tessier of Windsor, Ont., and Mrs. Jeanne Teets of Detroit, Mich.; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Melvina Moore, died in 1965. Mr. Reando was an honorary member of the fire department.
The Brattleboro Reformer, 23 May 1967

Gordon Clarence Pike 1912-1962

Gordon Clarence Pike, carpenter and builder, died instantly of a heart attack yesterday noon while working in the Snow Mountain Inn area in West Dover. He was 49. Dr. Milton Wolf was summoned to the scene and took with him the town-owned resuscitator. An employe of Winston Lauder of West Dover, Mr. Pike had worked in the Mt. Snow area for seven years. Among the projects in which he had been closely identified was the construction of Snow Mountain Inn. At the time of his death, he was building small lodge units for Mr. Lauder. Active in civic affairs, Mr. Pike was a member of the Board of Village Trustees and had served as a volunteer firemen for 30 years. He was born in Wilmington May 27, 1912, a son of the late Clarence and Nellie (Gifford) Pike. He had spent his entire life here except tor a few years’ employment in Maine during World War II. His marriage to the former M. Elizabeth Crafts, who survives, took place Aug. 10, 1935. He also leaves three sons, S-Sgt. John Pike, stationed in West Germany; A3-c Averell Pike, Biloxi, Miss., and Timothy, at home; two daughters, Melanie and Mary, both at home; one sister, Mrs. Harold Lackey, and his stepmother, Mrs. Irma Pike, both of this town, and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be held in Wilmington Congregational Church Sunday afternoon at 2. Burial will take place in Riverview Cemetery.
The Brattleboro Reformer, 26 Jan 1962

Don Oscar Butterfield Sr. 1875-1936

Chief 1903

Don O. Butterfield, 60, one of Wilmington’s most prominent citizens, formerly treasurer for nearly 30 years of the Wilmington Savings bank, a member of the Vermont Bar association, and well-known throughout the state, died in his sleep at midnight, of heart trouble and complications. He had been in ill health the past three years but had remained at his work as manager of the local branch of the Vermont Savings bank, until a few months ago. Few of his friends had realized the seriousness of his condition, and his death came as a shock to the entire community. Seldom has the death of a resident caused such widespread grief in the town. Don Oscar Butterfield was born in Wilmington, March 19, 1875, a son of Attorney Oscar E. and Mary Isabel (Morgan) Butterfield. He was educated in the public schools of Vermont and Nebraska. He taught in a Kansas school in 1897 and that same year returned to Wilmington and became assistant town clerk and treasurer of the town. He studied law in the local office of his father and was admitted to the bar in 1906. He was a member of the Vermont bar at the time of his death. Mr. Butterfield represented the town in the legislature in 1910. He was chairman of the village trustees from 1907 to 1909. He was made assistant treasurer of the Wilmington Savings bank in 1907, and upon the resignation of the late Col. J. H. Goulding Mr. Butterfield became treasurer of the institution, and continued in that capacity until last year, when he was made manager of the local branch of the Vermont Savbank following the merger of five county savings banks, including Wilmington Savings. He had been a school director, and at the time of his death was a trustee of Pettee Memorial library, which he had served many years. On June 12, 1907, Mr. Butterfield married Alice S. Plimpton of Wardsboro, who survives. Two children, a daughter and son, born to the couple, died In infancy. Besides his wife Mr. Butterfield leaves two brothers, Beth Butterfield, an attorney, and Dr. Paul M. Butterfield, surgeon, both of New York city. Both Attorney and Dr. Butterfield were with their brother when he died. A sister, Grace, died several years ago and another sister, Maude, died in infancy. Mr. Butterfield had been a member of the Grange many years. He was an attendant at the Congregational church. Throughout his entire life Mr. Butterfield was kind and considerate to others and was popular with old and young alike. He was especially fond of children and was always their friend. An honest and upright man. Mr. Butterfield stood for high ideals and clean living and thereby won the respect and admiration of his fellow townsmen and associates. The funeral will be held at the Congregational church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock.
The Brattleboro Reformer, 31 Jan 1936

Orrin Ransom Buell 1871-1936

Chief 1906

Funeral services for Orrin R. Buell, 64, formerly a well-known local resident, who died in Manchester, Vt.. Friday evening, were held at the home in Manchester yesterday at 2 p. m. Rev. Mr. Brown of the Episcopal church officiated. The body was entombed in Manchester. It will be brought here in the spring for burial. At that time a committal service will be conducted by the Masonic lodge. Mr. Buell was born in Wilmington Oct. 9. 1871, a son of John R. and Mary E. (Field) Buell. He spent his early life in this town and was educated in the local schools. After spending two years in New York city Mr. Buell returned to Wilmington to enter the monumental business with his father, remaining here several years. In 1908 Mr. Buell married Mildred E. Benedict. They made their home in Springfield, Mass., about 25 years. Mr. Buell was at the head of the Springfield office of the Woodstock Lumber Co. for many years. About four years ago Mr. and Mrs. Buell moved to Manchester Center, Mrs. Buell’s former home. He was a member of Social lodge, No. 38, F. and A. M.; of this town, Beauseant commandery, No. 7, K. T., of Brattleboro, and Mt. Sinai Temple of Montpelier. Mr. Buell leaves his wife, a brother, Albert, of Melrose, Mass., and one sister, Miss Helen Buell of Wilmington. He was highly respected by the many local persons who knew him during his residence here.
The Brattleboro Reformer, 24 Feb 1936

Roy Joseph Courtemanche 1877-1929

Assistant Chief 1906

Failing to negotiate a sharp turn in the highway leading to a bridge in Wilmington, Vt., about 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon, an automobile careened off the roadway made icy by the snow storm of the day, plunged Into the racing brook below and pinned its occupants for nearly a half hour in the water causing the death of its driver, Roy Joseph Courtemanche, 58, of Wilmington, and seriously injuring the other occupant, his sister, Miss Alice Courtemanche, 40. E. L. Haslund, living in a nearby farmhouse and the unidentified occupant of a machine which was following the Courtemanche car rushed to the scene and though powerless to remove the automobile were able to hold Miss Courtemanche by the head and prevent her from being submerged in the water. Aid was hurriedly summoned from the village and the car removed from the brook. The car had fallen in such a manner that although part of it rested on the occupants, the rear wheels of the car were on the em-bankment. Courtemanche was dead when the machine had been removed, death being due to submersion, according to Dr. G. B. Hyde who was called. Miss Courtemanche, who was removed to the Haglund home where she is in a serious condition with concussion of the brain and possible internal injuries in addition to suffering from the effects of exposure to the water. Except for a few brief intervals she has not regained consciousness since the accident and the cause of the accident remains unknown. Mr. Courtemanche was proprietor of the Wilmington Electric Light company and was on his way to Raponda, Vt., to look after the adjustment of some electric lights there. He was born in Wilmington on July 14, 1871, the son of Joseph and Jennie A. Wheeler Courtemanche. He was a life long resident of the town. When his father’s health failed he maintained the electric lighting and woodturning plant which his father had established. His father died 19 years ago and the family then formed the stock company called the Wilmington Electric Light company, disposed of the woodturning plant, and bought the memorial picture business of B. A. Cook in 1913. His mother died eight years ago and he and his two sisters continued the two enterprises with marked success. He was a highly esteemed citizen and the entire village is grief stricken as the result of his death. He was an enthusiastic member of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce which he assisted in organizing a year ago. He is survived by two sisters, Miss Alice and Mrs. Ethel L. Strawser, a teacher of music in the Wilmington schools. Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.
The North Adams Transcript, 22 Nov 1929

Oscar Ezra Butterfield 1839-1927

Chief 1877

Hon. Oscar E. Butterfield, 87, of Wilmington, next to the oldest member of the Windham county bar, for four terms a member of the Vermont house of representatives, for one term a state senator, and for nearly 30 years town clerk of Wilmington, died at his home Wednesday evening as the result of a fall while coming up the stairway from the basement of the town hall building last week Monday, at which time he sustained a fracture of the hip. Mr. Butterfield was born in Wilmington Sept. 17, 1839, a son of the late Ezra T. and Mary (Leonard) Butterfield. He was educated in the common schools of Wilmington and studied law in the offices of Flagg & Tyler, Flagg & Son, and Flagg & Waterman at Wilmington, was admitted to the bar in 1867, and had since practiced in Wilmington except from 1886 to 1897, when he was in Nebraska. He was a member of the house of representatives in 1869, 1870, 1872 and 1884, was state’s attorney in 1874 and 1875, and was state senator in 1876-77. While in Nebraska he devoted his time principally to placing investments for eastern investors. Mr. Butterfield was an unfaltering Republican, served as committeeman in numerous campaigns and attended many conventions as a delegate. He had important committee assignments in the legislature. Not within the memory of any of the present practitioners of the Windham county bar has Mr. Butterfield missed attendance at county court at some time during each term. On May 18, 1873, Mr. Butterfield married Miss Belle Morgan, a native of Canaan, N. H., who survives. They had five children, three of whom survive. A daughter died in childhood and another daughter, Grace E., died four years ago. The three survivors are Don O. Butterfield, treasurer of the Wilmington Savings bank; Dr. Paul Butterfield of New York, and Beth V. Butterfield, attorney in the real estate department of the Title Guarantee & Trust Co. of New York. The funeral will he held Saturday at 2 o’clock in the Wilmington Congregational church, of which Mr. Butterfield was an attendant.
Vermont Phoenix, 11 Feb 1927

John Ransom Buell 1840-1925

Chief 1874

John Ransom Buell, 85, who passed away at his High street home Saturday, Sept. 19, after having suffered two strokes of paralysis, was a son of Samuel Ransom and Mary (Flagg) Buell. He was born on a farm east of this village Feb. 23, 1840. There he lived until he became of age, at which time, or soon after, he went to Boston, Mass., and by working for a time in a general store and also driving a bread wagon for his uncle, Martin Whitney, he earned enough money to buy a milk business in Cambridge. About this time he became married to Miss Mary E. Field of Chesterfield, who preceded him to the life beyond only six months and six days. After keeping the milk business up for about two years, Mr. Buell contracted a slow fever and was ordered by his physician to leave Boston on account of the effect of the east winds. He then returned to his native town where he lived in the house on West Main street now known as the Mary Johnson house. Later he purchased the house where Dr. Dunn now lives, which he later sold to Mrs. Buell’s mother, and went to California where he remained only about a year, returning to engage in the marble business in a building where the Wilmington Public Market and Covey & Allen’s store now stands. He joined Social Lodge, No. 38, F& A. M., which membership he held as long as he lived. In the early days of his married life both he and Mrs. Buell became affiliated with the Congregational church, in which for many years he was a faithful worker and supporter, being also a member of the choir. Three children came to gladden their home, and all survive. They are: Orrin R. Buell of Springfield, Mass., Helen M. and J. Albert Buell, both of Wilmington, who have done all in their power to make bright the last days of their parents. In 1891 the family went to New York city and Mr. Buell bought a bakery which he run for two years. He then returned to Wilmington and has since lived in the home where he died. At the time of his return he again resumed his work in the monumental business and this was his work until he sold out to Covey & Allen in 1920, account of failing health. During a part of this period his elder son was in partnership with him. Throughout his life he stood for honesty and right. In 1921 he had a serious illness but recovered to some extent and had worked about the home although he had never again taken up active labor. Several years ago he bought a farm in East Wilmington; also since 1909 he had owned the tenement house known as “Fort Ashley.” AII summer his health had been gradually declining and the end was not unexpected. Masonic funeral services were held at Masonic Temple Monday afternoon at two o’clock. Interment took place in Riverview cemetery beside his wife. The beautiful flowers which covered the grave spoke of the esteem in which he was held. The bearers were Dr. A. H. Wright, Merton F. Barber, Floyd S. Crafts and Henry E. Mann. Out-of-town attendants at the funeral included Orrin R. Buell of Springfield, Mass.; Mrs. Henry Brown, Mrs. Rollin Brown, Maj. F. W. Childs, Rollin S. Childs, Luther and Will Barber and Arthur Stearns, all of Brattleboro; Mrs. Hattie Ruggles of Worcester, Mass.; Mrs. Myra Farr of Chesterfield, N. H.; Luther Howe of Marlboro and George J. Bond of Searsburg.
Deerfield Valley Times, 25 Sep 1925

Herbert Lucius Fox 1849-1922

Kendall Prentiss Ames 1842-1913

Chief 1899

Kendall Ames, about 68 years old, died at his home in Wilmington Sunday afternoon of heart failure. Mr. Ames was taken ill last spring after his return from Florida, where he spent the winter. He had been twice in the Memorial hospital, going to his hone in Wilmington the last time about three weeks ago. He leaves one son, Charles Ames of Wilmington, with whom he lived. His wife died about a year ago at the Memorial hospital. He was born in Marlboro and went to Wilmington to live several years ago, where he had been a prominent citizen, holding several town offices at different times. He was for some time a lister of the town. He was a veteran of the Civil war, being a member of Co. I, 16th Vermont regiment. The burial probably will take place in Marlboro.
The Brattleboro Reformer, 16 Dec 1913

Eleazer Gorham Jr. 1812-1891

Wilmington’s First Fire Chief