Robert "Vernon" Addie

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ADDIE WINCHESTER, MA - Robert "Vernon" Gelling aged 75, passed on April 14, 2013 in Blenheim, New Zealand, formerly of Winchester, MA. He was struck with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) that ultimately took his life after a long courageous battle of 6 years. He was born July 4, 1937 in Glasgow, Scotland and immigrated to the United States on March 23, 1963. Vernon was a beloved and respected husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and son. He was a Coast Guard licensed captain, loved sailing, and owned a beautiful 45 foot sail boat which he called "Alchemy". He was a man with a bright mind, kind heart, quick wit, and always the fun loving life of the party. He could fix anything, build anything and loved any kind of adventure. He was an avid reader, studied celestial navigation, sailing, Loved to race on the Dunes in his Landrover, hobby jeweler, farmer, and he loved goldfish and where ever Vernon lived he always made a fishpond for those goldfish. He is survived, loved, and much missed, by his wife Lynne Marcia Addie of 13 years, daughter Katherine Addie-DiGiovanni of Exeter, New Hampshire and son Robert L. Addie of Lantana, Florida, Vernon’s granddaughter Rachel DiGiovanni, grandson Jake DiGiovanni and great granddaughter Braelyn V. McAniff, all of Exeter, New Hampshire, his grand daughters Sage, Cierra and Neve Addie, all of Lantana, Florida, and sister Evelyn Liddle and her husband Geoff of Bryanston, England and niece Janet Simms and nephew John Liddle and grandnieces and grandnephew, all from England, and former wife, of 22 years, Mary "Mim" Addie-Connors of Plymouth, MA. His friends are too many to list and come from all walks of life and all corners of the globe. Vernon made friends wherever he went. Over his adult years he lived in Gravesend, England, the Boston area, Newbridge, Ireland with his family on assignment with Polaroid in 1980, back to Ogonnelloe, Ireland to build his retirement home. After Vernon retired from Polaroid in 1995, he finally settled in Blenheim, New Zealand, enjoying the rural lifestyle, their land, and the local vineyards with his wife Lynne for the past 10 years. He was predeceased by his late father Robert G. Addie who died December 7, 1961 and mother Violet Addie of Cheshire, England, who died May 1, 2009. Vernon grew up in Liverpool, England and completed his Engineering apprenticeship there. Vernon, his mother, and sister, survived the Second World War while his father was a Merchant Navy Officer in the convoys, taking vital supplies to Britain. Vernon’s children, Katherine 50, and Robert 48, want everyone to know their dad is resting peacefully now and greatly appreciate all the support, love, and prayers during this difficult journey. The journey Vernon endured over the last few years had been made more tolerable with the many trips to New Zealand his children were blessed to be able to make, often with his grandchildren in tow. From the bottom of their hearts they want to express to all who knew Vernon that he was a wonderful Father, Husband, Brother, Son, Uncle, and Grampy, and will be truly missed. They also want to thank Dad's Wife Lynne, for her unselfish love, devotion and dedication to the care for their Dad as his horrible disease progressed. They knew in their hearts that their Dad was well taken care of and much loved. Thank you Lynne. Private Services will be held by the family in England where Vernon will rest. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CURE PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy), 30 East Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093 or visit If you wish to leave a message, visit or

Published in Boston Herald from Apr. 18 to Apr. 21, 2013
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