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Hadley W. Winn

1925 - 2015 WEST CHESTERFIELD Hadley Warren Winn, 89, of West Chesterfield passed away Feb. 20, 2015, at Applewood Nursing Home in Winchester, after a period of declining health. He was born in West Chesterfield, April 8, 1925 to Harry E. and Evelyn (Puffer) Winn. Hadley attended the one room schoolhouse in West Chesterfield and graduated from Brattleboro High School in 1943. In 1944 he married his childhood sweetheart, Vivian Plante, in Texas where he was stationed as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force. After completing his service they returned to his parent's farm and then settled in the home his father was born in on Main Street in West Chesterfield. He and Vivian remained there for the 70 years they were married. Hadley was active in football and track in high school. His knickname "Flash" was well earned as he set records in Brattleboro while on the track team. He never lost his love for the outdoors and could be found walking with his wife every afternoon. He loved hunting and spent every deer season in the woods with his father and brother. Hadley was an avid golfer and played on several nationally ranked courses during his years of travel. He could regularly be found at Pine Grove Springs with his brother-in-law, Joe. After returning from service he went to work for his father, Harry, as a carpenter. He became skilled in all facets of building, as at that time they did everything from pouring the foundations by hand to applying the finish trim. In 1962, Hadley and his brother, Wayne, joined their father as partners in Harry E. Winn & Sons, Inc. Hadley worked with his brother until his retirement in 1985. They primarily built homes, but also did several Brattleboro motels, apartment buildings and one wing of a local nursing home, at one point employing over 20 tradesmen. Hadley also held a real estate license in N.H. He served his community all his life. He was chairman of both the Planning Board and the Conservation Commission in Chesterfield. In this capacity he was known for coming up with solutions to issues which ultimately saved the town thousands of dollars. In 1947 he joined the West Chesterfield Engine and Hose Company and remained active for over 50 years, being recognized in 1997 for 50 years of service. He served as Assistant Chief, an elected position by the members, and his handwritten minutes of meetings were the department records for many years. Many of the present long time members were mentored by Hadley. During that tenure he also served over 34 years as a Deputy Forest Fire Warden. Once when driving the fire truck to a fire he was questioned by another fireman about parking too close to the blaze. In his typical unruffled fashion he responded "I thought I'd put it out." He and his wife spent winters in Tavares, FL for 18 years, inviting their extended family to join them as well as visiting nearby Orlando. They traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada in their RV. In retirement, Hadley took up painting with his wife and exhibited at the Colony Mill and Cheshire Fair. One of his paintings hangs at the Chesterfield Town Offices. Hadley and his wife always enjoyed spending time with their extended families. With no children of their own they found an outlet for their affections in their dogs. Starting with hunting dogs as a younger man, they had several Boston terriers and later adopted Poco who accompanied them in their retirement. Elvis joined them later when they felt he needed someplace to stay while his "parents" were at work. Survivors include brother, Wayne and wife, Joyce; brother-in-law, Perley "Joe" Plante and wife, Jane; nieces, Idol Busby, Ann Earnest, Lorie Gauthier, Donna Hamilton, Kristi Hersey, Carla Mansfield, Linda Monmaney, and Linda Posner; nephews, Dwayne Perrin, Rodger Perrin, Bruce Plante, Gordon Plante, Gary Winn, and Terry Winn; and grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Vivian, in Oct. 2014 and sister Ruby Perrin, in Dec. 2014. Nieces, Jeanette Austin and Sandra Goodnow and nephews, Roger Plante and Paul Plante also predeceased him. A memorial service will be held at the West Chesterfield Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Joan's Food Pantry, P.O. Box 148, Chesterfield, 03443 or the Chesterfield Fire & Rescue Benefit Association, P.O. Box 95, Chesterfield, 03443.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Mar. 3, 2015
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