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Linda M. Fairbank

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Linda M. Fairbank Obituary
Worcester, VT - Linda Mae (Wilson) Fairbank, 75, of Worcester, Vermont, died peacefully early Thursday morning, May 31, 2018 surrounded by her family and friends at the Central Vermont Medical Center due to complications related to ALS.

Linda was the daughter of the late George R. and Maefred (Giles) Wilson of Lanesborough, Massachusetts. Born in Windsor, Vermont on March 5, 1943, she spent part of her childhood growing up in the Berkshires. She graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1961, and moved to East Hartford, Connecticut where she met and later married C. Richard Fairbank on March 6, 1965; they were married for 53 years.

Looking after the health and well-being of her family and friends was her biggest priority and her compassion and generosity of spirit inspired everyone she touched in her role as a wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend. Linda loved singing, a passion that she shared with her parents and siblings and she enjoyed listening and dancing to many musical genres. Her favorites included vocal and cool jazz, triple time swing, vaudeville blues, R & B, and California soft rock. She spent many sometimes "anxious" hours listening and rooting for her favorite teams, the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Seahawks on Sports Radio and was an avid listener of late night radio talk show programs. Linda supported and attended local school concerts and community theatre events for she felt that the availability, affordability and authenticity of such art programs positively benefited the community as a whole. She was a Word guru and a fierce Scrabble player, crossword wizard, competitive Setback and Cribbage player and a voracious reader of classical novels, newspapers, and pulp fiction.

Birds, horticulture, and the call of the sea were always in the forefront of her life and she passed this love of nature to her children and grandsons. She took comfort in the buzzing, chirping and humming of wings that surrounded her as she tended her flower gardens. She enjoyed taking long walks with her husband and children by the ocean during summer vacations in Maine and at Cape Cod and liked exploring State and National Parks. She was very fond of her friends and enjoyed their outings checking out various local Vermont shops and restaurants. Linda also served as an Insurance Agent in New Business for the National Life Insurance Company in Montpelier, Vermont for 26 years.

She is survived by her devoted husband C. Richard; her two brothers Michael Wilson and Jeffrey Wilson, her sister Judith Labrie and her husband Dick, her sister Sandra McBee, all of Massachusetts; her sister Terry McEneany of Arizona; her three children, Sabra Fairbank of Vermont, Shane Fairbank of Colorado, and Shannon Saba and her husband Philip of Massachusetts, her two grandsons Gabriel and Isaac Fairbank of Vermont, two sad cats Peter and Manhattan and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Should anyone wish to make a gesture in Linda's memory, perform a random act of kindness wherever it may do the most good or make a donation to the ALS Association Northern New England Chapter, 10 Ferry Street, Suite 438, Concord, NH 03301. Linda's family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to all of our friends and family who have been so supportive, as well as to the Central Vermont Medical Center ICU and Palliative Care staff and the nurses of 2 South for their attentive care in the time preceding her death.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury, Vermont. A private memorial service will take place later this summer. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.perkinsparker.com or the funeral home Facebook page.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on June 8, 2018
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