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James "Jay" Hathaway

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James "Jay" Hathaway 1947 - 2009 DORSET James "Jay" Hathaway of Dorset, Vt., died Saturday, Sept. 12th, while bicycling with his grandson. He was 61. While Jay's passion for life and love for his family were paramount, his commitment and love for his neighbors and community were obvious and overflowing. Often referred to as "the mayor of Dorset", he rallied support and raised funds for countless community initiatives. It is difficult to find a non-profit or community effort that wasn't somehow helped by him. His greatest pride was to call so many "good friend." Jay was born Nov. 16, 1947, in Abington, Pa., to Charles Hathaway and Margaret Landers Hathaway. He grew up in Litchfield and Simsbury, Conn., where he graduated from Henry James Memorial High School. After serving in the Air Force from 1966-70, he received a degree from the Paier School of Art in interior design. Jay married his high school sweetheart, Terri LaVigne, in 1969, and they moved to Vermont in 1974. While Jay was best known as the long-time proprietor of Peltier's Market in Dorset, he and Terri owned several stores and businesses in the area including the Quarry Shop, East Dorset General Store, Gilbert's Hardware and the Battenkill Butcher Block. After selling Peltier's, Jay was appointed to the post of executive director of the Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2005. As the longest serving director in several years, Jay brought the same passion and community focus to Manchester that he inspired in Dorset. Anyone that knew Jay, admired his passion. He loved the early morning hours and could often be found walking, biking, skiing, roller-blading or hiking the woods of Dorset, appreciating all that was seen along the way. His laughter was infectious and tales of his adventures were epic. Not a day went by that he didn't express his appreciation for it all: family, friends, nature, fun and love. He was an avid paddle player, played tennis and golf, loved to snowboard, to visit with his sister-in- law Nancy Schwindt, and ride his motorcycle with his dear wife, Terri, whose company he preferred over all others. Jay leaves his beloved wife of 40 years, Terri, son James, son Todd, daughter Missy, son-in-law Alan, Martha Hathaway, Hanna Baker, his adoring grandchildren Ryder, Colvin, Calder, Beckcom, Harrison, Maggie, Francie and Grier; his sisters, Ann Hathaway of Winchester, Mass., and Sarah Hathaway of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., stepmother, Rena Hathaway, and his countless sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved very much. FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be a celebration of Jay's life Wednesday, Sept. 16th at 10 a.m. at the Dorset Church. Calling hours, also at the church, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 15th from 4 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dorset School through the office of the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from Sept. 15 to Sept. 16, 2009
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