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Percy A. "Bud" Sprague


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Percy A. "Bud" Sprague Obituary
Percy "Bud" Alfred Sprague, age 85, was called to his heavenly home on March 23, 2018 after a short but valiant battle against Legionnaire's Disease. He was born on August 20, 1932 on Birge Street in Brattleboro, VT, the eldest son of Percy Elmer Sprague and Florence Marion Montieth.

He grew up in Brattleboro and lived many years in Newfane, VT and Keene, NH. He graduated from Brattleboro High School in 1950. He proudly served in the Vermont National Guard (172d Infantry) and New Hampshire National Guard (195th Infantry) and was honorably discharged from both. On June 24, 1950 he married Joyce Sheila Fisher in Brattleboro, VT. She was the mother of his daughters and predeceased him in 1986. In 1960's he was the Grand Master of the I.O.O.F. in Greenfield, MA.

As a youth he worked on the Lott Farm and loved being in the 4H Club. In the 1950's he owned his own business, the Starr Oil Company. He then moved his family to Vermont where he became the Manager of Valley Oil Co. He was a Papermaker, Quality Control Inspector, at Specialty Paperboard Corp. from which he retired after more than 30 years. In the 1980's he was a Special Officer with the Brattleboro Police Department.

He is survived by his three daughters Helen L Gammon; Brenda Sprague-Kent, her husband Chris; Susan L Fisher, her husband Paul; three grandchildren Sean M A Gammon, his wife Kimberly; Jessica L Galdamez, her husband Billy; Jeremy E Kent, his wife Bonnie; four great-grandchildren Cooper, Tyler and Cameron Gammon and Elliana Galdamez; 3 brothers, Richard, Dwight and Robert; two sisters Janice Cross and Marilyn Lucier. His brother Byron predeceased him. He is also survived by his second wife Priscilla Clark Lloyd whom he married in 1986; his two stepsons Earl and Robert, their wives, Analisa and Carissa and two step-grandsons Harrison and Joshua as well as his former son-in- law Stewart Shepard, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was immensely proud of his beloved daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and treasured the time spent with them. He loved music, both playing and listening. He was an accomplished musician who played a variety of instruments. He played the piano professionally for many years including having his own band "The Vestas". He was an avid reader from childhood of history and biographies with special interest in the Civil War and World War II. His passions were racing stockcars and in later years attending auctions, thrift shops and tag sales. He collected baseball cards. He also loved traveling and was fortunate to have done so extensively. His last few months were happily spent at the Applewood Nursing Home due to the wonderful friendships he made there.

Calling hours will be at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street in Keene on April 2, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. His funeral will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 33 Arch Street, Keene NH

A reception celebrating Percy's life will be held after the funeral at the Elks Club on Putney Road in Brattleboro from 3:30p to 5:30p.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Winston Prouty Center, 209 Austine Drive, Brattleboro, VT or to Cedarcrest Center for children with Disabilities, 91 Maple Street, Keene, NH.

Please visit www.foleyfuneralhome.com to leave an online remembrance.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Mar. 30, 2018
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