WILLIAM HARRY LARRABEE - VERGENNES - William Harry Larrabee passed away on Feb. 23, 2014. Born in 1922, he was the only surviving child of William C. Larrabee and Bertha (Blood), and stepson of William H. Hanley. Bill was proud of the fact that he lived his entire life on MacDonough Drive in Vergennes, having been away from the city he loved so much only to serve with the U.S. Submarine Service in the Pacific fleet during W.W.II. Bill was primarily raised by his grandparents, Harry and Amy Blood, in the same house he called home for over 90 years. Bill served as a Postal Clerk in Vergennes for many years, but is probably better known as a bartender at the Dog Team Tavern, as well as at the Basin Harbor Club, Middlebury Inn and the Hatchway in Vergennes. He also served in the U.S. Navy and after, the Naval Reserves out of Burlington for 40 years. In those jobs, he acquired a wealth of knowledge about local lore and history of Vergennes and its families which he loved to share with anyone that would listen. Bill was a member of Dorchester Lodge No. 1 Free and Accepted Masons, the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Burlington, and the Cairo Temple Shriners of Rutland for over 60 years each, and life member of the U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II, and the Association of Torpedoman's Mates. Locally, he was a member of the American Legion Post #14, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and former charter member of the Vergennes Lions Club. His gift of colorful storytelling will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rebecca (Blaise); daughter, June Sargent; daughter-in-law, Mae Larrabee; granddaughter, Lynn Cyr and her family; brother, Joseph Hanley; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; infant sister, Loretta Larrabee; son, William G. Larrabee; and sisters, Barbara Peters and Jeanne Lenahan. By Bill's request, there will be no funeral services and only a small private committal service later in the spring. Friends and family are welcome to stop by the Larrabee home at their convenience for a quick visit and to share a story or two.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on Feb. 26, 2014