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Steven G. Prouty

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Steven G. Prouty Obituary

Londonderry - Steven G. Prouty, 66, a resident of Londonderry Vermont, passed away at his home, with family by his side, on Monday, February 6, 2017. The son of Clyde R. and Clara M. Prouty, he was born at Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend, Vermont on August 26, 1950. Steve grew up in South Londonderry and was a graduate of Leland & Gray High School in Townshend as well as he was a graduate of Vermont Technical College in Randolph, where he studied highway engineering.

In 1966, Steve began working in the family business, Clyde R. Prouty & Sons Excavation. In 1970-1980, Steve married Sharon Crossman and they had two sons, Chad and Taylor. From 1976 till 1986, he worked as a winter road foreman. In 1995, Steve started work as a rural carrier for the United States Postal Service in South Londonderry. He retired in August of 2013. Steve had a strong work ethic, which started at 10 years old when he began work at Woody's Cracker Barrel Ski Shop.

Steve was a person with many interests and hobbies. He was a collector of antiques and local historical memorabilia and enjoyed his time searching for the next great artifact. He had a real love for animals, which he shared with his grandchildren. Steve found great pleasure in gardening and raising chickens and other specialty birds on his beloved land. "The pond" was one of his cherished places. He relished in times when his camper was displayed at the pond and he could be host to countless family gatherings.

Steve inherited his father's love for antique cars and car racing. For several years, Steve enjoyed time in Florida with his family, and together they looked forward to the Daytona 500 race. This annual trip with his parents became a tradition and an experience that he highly valued and treasured.

Steve followed in his father's footsteps by volunteering as a town selectman, in which he served as a member from 2011-2017 and as chair in 2016. He also served in other various volunteer capacities, including Health Officer, Planning Commission, Tree Warden and Justice of the Peace. He was dedicated and committed to public service and spent much of his life actively involved in his community. He was a strong supporter of the West River Railroad Depot project and was devoted to its success. Steve was enthusiastic about government and policy-making and immersed himself in the political world, always staying informed and enjoying rich conversations with people who shared similar and different views.

Steve is survived by his parents Clyde and Clara Prouty of South Londonderry; two sons and their spouses, Chad Prouty and wife Karen and Taylor Prouty and wife Lana; sister Susan VanAlstyne of South Londonderry and five grandchildren: Madeline, Vivian, Sawyer, Tanner and Shay, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his brothers Gary and Doug and brother-in-law, Pete VanAlstyne. Steve had a genuine love for his family. He was exceedingly proud of his sons, Chad and Taylor, and he cherished each of his grandchildren. You would often hear Steve say how fortunate he felt to be surrounded by such love.

SERVICE: The service will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the South Londonderry Town Hall at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The West River Railroad Depot Project or The Town of Londonderry for tree planting on the town owned "Prouty Land." c/o Brewster-Shea Funeral Services P.O. Box 885 Manchester Center, VT 05255.

To send the family personal email condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com

Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Feb. 9, 2017
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