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Donald McLellan Gebbie II

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GREENSBORO -- Donald McLellan Gebbie II, 51, died Tuesday, June 3, 2003 at the home he built, after living with cancer for 8 years.

He was born June 23, 1951 in St. Johnsbury. The son of Donald M. and Madeline (Greaves) Gebbie. He attended Greensboro High School, and graduated in 1969, valedictorian, of his class at Lamoille Union High School in Hyde Park. He continued his education at Johnson State College.

On May 31, 1980, he married Aileen Theresa Shea, in Bennington.

He was first employed by his father, on the family-operated dairy farm. In 1980 he became one of the fifth-generation owners of the Maplehurst Farm in Greensboro. In 1988 he sold his investment in the farm, and became involved in landscaping, bush hogging, backhoe work, and repair work for area residents.

He attended St. Michael’s Church in Greensboro Bend, was a member of the Lakeview Union School Board, and was chair the Greensboro Conservation Commission, He was a substitute teacher at Hazen Union for several years. He enjoyed continuing his family’s tradition of sugaring each spring. Other enjoyments included attending his children’s school activities, and all kinds of repair work.

Survivors include: his wife of 23 years, Aileen Gebbie; his mother, Madeline Gebbie; a daughter, Elizabeth Gebbie; three sons, Christopher, Patrick, and Kevin Gebbie all of Greensboro; a brother, Peter Gebbie of Greensboro; and two sisters, Patricia Mercier of Greensboro, and Susan Locke of East Albany, as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father, Donald M. Gebbie, in 1990.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, June 5 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home, 60 Elm Street, Hardwick.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 7, 2003, at noon at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Greensboro Bend, with the Rev. Michael Augustinowitz and the Rev. Charles Calcagni of White Plains, N.Y., and Greensboro officiating, Burial will follow in the family lot in the McLearen-Mitchell Cemetery in Greensboro.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 13 Loomis Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602, or to the Caledonia Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 383, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Arrangements are under the direction of Dian R. Holcomb of Northern Vermont Funeral Service, 60 Elm Street, Hardwick.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 7, 2003
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