PLAINFIELD - Gene Charles Foss, 81, of Gonyeau Road, died Tuesday night, July 29, 2014, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, surrounded by his family.
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Born Jan. 22, 1933, in Barre, he was the son of Harold and Eselle (Belanger) Foss and attended local schools, graduating from Spaulding High School in 1950. Soon after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served until 1953.
On July 9, 1955, he married Lois Montague in Barre. Soon after their marriage the couple moved to California, where Gene attended Pasadena State College and then Arizona State University. He earned a degree in business and finance. After returning to Vermont, he began an extended career with the state. His positions included finance director for the Brandon Training School and business manager for the Vermont Department of Corrections. Here, he served under numerous commissioners and developed many long-term friendships.
His memberships included the Barre Canadian Club, Barre Elks Lodge 1535 and the Mutuo Inc. Gene was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and snowmobiling where he had a tendency to explore the road less traveled with many a "Flat Lander" and always ending with a fine meal at Pigeon's. In the Northeast Kingdom, Gene belonged to the Averill Recreation and Camp Owners and the Averill Lakes Associations, also serving as a board member.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia L. Tinney and her husband, Dr. Roderic Tinney, of East Jordan, Michigan, and Cathleen F. Brooks and her companion, Stephen Farnum, of Kingston, New Hampshire; and his constant sidekick and son, Joseph C. Foss, and his companion, Maria Farley, of Marshfield, Vermont. Gene was a proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren, Dustin Tinney, Morgan Tinney, Cayla Tinney, Mara Brooks, John Brooks and Ethan Brooks, Maple Farnum, Susanna Paye, Hunter Paye and Jamilynn Paquette, and one great-grandson, Zayden Spidle. Also surviving is his sister Rusela Quelch and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
Aside from his parents, Gene was predeceased by a sister, Cecile "Tiny" Mattson.
Family and friends are all invited to celebrate and honor his life on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at his late residence. Barbecue will be served beginning at 1 p.m. and a memory sharing time at 5 p.m.
Out of the immense respect for the excellent care provided, memorial contributions may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Hooker & Whitcomb Funeral Home
7 Academy Street Barre, VT 05641
Published in Times Argus from July 31 to Aug. 2, 2014