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DAVID CHARLES BELL - BRIDPORT - David Charles Bell, of Bridport, passed away on April 2, 2015, in Columbia, S.C., after a brief illness. He was born Feb. 4, 1937, in St. Albans, to Russell and Margaret (Kieslich) Bell. He attended school in St. Albans and maintained many friendships and fond memories from that community; especially playing football, basketball and baseball at Bellows Free Academy. He graduated from BFA in 1955. After high school, David attended the University of Vermont where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He graduated from UVM in 1959, and proudly served as an Airborne Ranger in the U.S. Army from that year until 1961. In 1960, he married Susan Sproule in Mamaroneck, N.Y. In 1961, David began a 40-year career with New England Life Financial Group, being named a national "Rookie of the Year." He worked in Chittenden County and his business evolved to become Bell Financial Services and continues today as Bell Wealth Management under the leadership of his nephew, Philip Spillane. In addition to his work, David had many pastimes. He enjoyed cars, sailing, fly fishing, UVM hockey, handball, and was a licensed pilot and flight instructor. He valued his many long-term friends, colleagues and his clients. In 1994, he married Sally Forbes of Middlebury. They moved to Prescott, Ariz., in 2002. David loved Prescott: the landscape and the many friends they made there through church, real estate development, and golf. In addition to his parents, David was predeceased by his sister, Janice (Spillane); and beloved son, Matthew, in 1988. Survivors include his wife, Sally of Bridport; sister, Linda (Belmont) and her husband, Tony, of Wiscassett, Maine; brother, Gary and his wife, Karen, of Jericho, Vt., and Port Charlotte, Fla.; daughter, Bethann Bell of Hinesburg, and her children, Emma Wilson and Nick Wilson; daughter, Kimberly Paterson of Barre, her husband, Jay, and their children, Jack and Kate; his children and grandchildren through marriage, Scott Munger and his wife, Amy, of Brandon; and Carolee Ploof and her husband, Jim, and their children, Heather, Maria, and James, of Salisbury. A celebration of David's life will be held on June 18, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Shelburne, at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Bellows Free Academy, 17 S. Main St., St. Albans, VT 05478.
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RONALD E. TRUDO - ESSEX - Ronald E. Trudo, 77, passed away on April 18, 2015, in the UVM Medical Center. He was born on Oct. 21, 1937, in Troy, N.Y., the son of the late Charles and Helen (Bombard) Trudo. Ron graduated from Burlington High School, then served in the Vermont Air National Guard. He was employed by the Burlington Free Press. Later, Ron owned and operated the Center Variety Store in Essex Center, then worked as a repairman at the House of Sewing. Ron was a founding member of the Essex Town Fire Department, achieving the rank of first captain. He also was a Justice of the Peace. "Ronnie" enjoyed snowmobiling, boating, fishing, hunting, staying at the Maine coast, and time at his camp. He often visited casinos with his wife, "Sandy." Ron loved being a grandpa, earning the name "Bampie." He and Sandra helped with their grandchildren's care, which pleased him immensely. Ron is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Sandra Trudo of Essex; three sons, John E. Trudo and wife, Donna, of Shelburne, Michael E. Trudo and partner, Mark LeTourneau, of South Burlington, and Thomas E. Trudo of Essex; daughter, Anne T. Follett and husband, Andy, of Burlington; sister, Suzanne Martin and husband, David, of Williston; brothers-in-law, Paul Boileau and wife, Nancy, of Burlington, and Robert Boileau and wife, Carol, of Andover, Mass.; two grandsons, Avery and Alden Follett; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Many thanks to family and visitors for their love and support in Ron's last days, including his Cardiac Rehab family. Dad, you will certainly be missed. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, from 5 to 8 p.m. at A.W. Rich Funeral Home - Essex Chapel, 57 Main St., Essex Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 11 a.m. at St. Pius X, with the Reverend Charles Ranges, S.S.E. officiating. Burial will follow in the family lot in New Mount Calvary Cemetery, Burlington. Memorial contributions in Ron's memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Chapter, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495. The family also invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com .
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BERNARD SAVARD SR. - WHEELING, W.Va./ WINOOSKI, Vt. - Bernard Savard Sr., 75, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2015. Bernard was born on April 3, 1940, the son of Antoinette and Harvey Savard Sr. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Arlene (Allen) Savard; son, Bernard Savard Jr. and wife, Sandy, of West Berlin; daughters, Carol Wildey of Wheeling, W.Va., and Brenda Holmes and husband, James, of Colchester, Vt.; sister, Anita Valley of Winooski, Vt.; brother, Roland Savard of Connecticut; grandchildren, Jonathan, Heather, Nathan, Brandon, Gabrielle and Travis; great-grandchildren, Kloey, Shad, Kota Richard, Jaden, Lilyana, and Jahzlyn; many nieces and nephews; and his faithful companions, Titan and Fluffy. He was preceded by his parents, Antoinette and Harvey Savard Sr.; brothers, Harvey Jr. and Donald; sisters, Rita, Dorothy and Irene; and best friend and faithful companion, Tipper. Bernard worked for many years at GE, was a veteran of the Army, and a member of the Winooski Fire Department for many years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved to dance and go camping, fishing and hunting with his family by his side. He was a best friend and mentor to all his children. His Sunday drives with his family were very important to him. Flirting with the passers-by as he sat on his perch at WalMart made his day. We will like you for always, we will love you forever, as long as we live our Daddy you'll be! Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by the Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger St., Wheeling, W.Va. Personal condolences may be offered to the family at www.kepnerfuneral.com .
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WINONA GRACE (HILL) MITCHELL - COLCHESTER - Winona Grace Hill Mitchell, 90, affectionately known as "Winnie" to all who knew her, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2015, in Green Mountain Nursing Home in Colchester. She was born on March 21, 1925, in Starksboro, the daughter of the late Morton D. Hill and Ethel G. Taft. She graduated from a one-room schoolhouse in Starksboro and then went to work in Bristol, enabling her to graduate from Richmond High School in 1943. She then came to Burlington and worked for Bell Aircraft Corp., until 1945, when, not quite ready to get married, she enlisted in the US Navy and served in Washington, D.C., during World War II. After the war ended, Winona returned to Burlington and was married to Garmould Mitchell on Aug. 31, 1946, at Christ the King Church in Burlington. She then went to work at Green Mountain Power, until her family arrived. Together, she and Garmould raised their family in South Burlington. When the last of their children went off to school, Winona went back to work and worked for the Burlington Free Press for close to 30 years, retiring in 1998, fulfilling her lifelong dream of working in an office. Winona was a longtime resident of South Burlington, living for 56 years in the home she and Garmould built on Sunset Avenue. She then resided for the next six years at Pillsbury Manor South and left with many favorable memories due the excellent care she received there. Her last home was at Green Mountain Nursing Home where she resided for the last four and one-half years. Many thanks to the special staff at Green Mountain Nursing Home for the excellent care they provided for her during her stay there. Her family is forever grateful and they are truly Winona's second family. She is survived by her children, Elaine Riley of Burlington and fiance, John Larose, Marilyn Wright and husband, Michael, of St. Albans, and Lawrence Mitchell and wife, Jean, of Burlington; nine grandchildren, Dawn, Amy, Jennifer, Kimberly, Samantha, Jessica, Andrew, Matthew and Megan; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Esther B. Trudeau; brother-in-law, Ralph Wheel; sister-in-law, May Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Garmould, in January 1980; siblings, Robert T. Hill, Gladys E. Purinton, Mary E. Peters, Alice A. Hastings, Marjorie M. Gorton, Thomas L. Hill, Elsie G. Fleming, Wallace N. Hill, Charles J. Hill, and Lois A. Rivait; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and son, Alan Mitchell, in March 2010. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 10 a.m. in Christ the King Church, corner of Locust Street and Shelburne Road, with burial to follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery on Hinesburg Road, South Burlington. To send online condolences to the family please visit www.readyfuneral.com . In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Winona's name to COTS; the Burlington Food Shelf; or any charity of one's choosing.
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WILLIAM JAMES "JIM" LYONS - MILTON - William James "Jim" Lyons, 72, of Milton, passed away on April 15, 2015, due to complications stemming from years of diabetes. Jim was born in Colchester on July 7, 1942, the son of the late William L. and Daisy S. Lyons. In 1960, he graduated from Essex Junction High School where he captained the undefeated 1959 state soccer champions, started on the 1960 runner up Class L basketball team, and played four years of varsity baseball. He attended Johnson State College, and in 1963 received an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Champlain College where he also started on the basketball team. Upon graduation, Jim enlisted in the Vermont Air National Guard and served full time for two years in Air Police Security. He was an Essex Junction Police Officer for five years, a Stowe Officer and Sergeant for 13 years, and Milton Police Chief for seven and a half years. He retired Jan. 1, 1992, after more than 25 years in law enforcement, where he worked on many high profile cases and was considered an expert investigator by his peers. For 11 years, Jim was employed by the United States Postal Service and worked as a rural carrier in Colchester before retiring in 2004. During his life, Jim worked with the youth of the community both on and off duty. He was involved in bicycle inspections, Boy Scout merit badge instruction, etc. From May 2007 to January of this year, Jim served on the Milton School Board. He coached Little League baseball for many years, and is a past president of the Milton Chapter. He also took the SR Babe Ruth team to the VT State Championship game. He helped start the 5th and 6th grade basketball program, and he assisted youth football when it was founded. Jim was a member of the American Legion and a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his wife, Kaye McMullen Lyons; daughter, Julie of Burlington; son, Kevin and his children, Anna, Ben and Connor, along with his wife, Brittney, of New London, Conn.; son, Kerry of Burlington; and his Special Little Darling Danielle, along with her son, William, and her fiance, Robbie Stuart, of St. Johnsbury. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, John Viveiros of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister-in-law, Maxine McMullen of Burlington; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his sister, Patsy of San Diego, Calif.; and sister, Christine, of Las Vegas, Nev. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 24, 2015, at 11 a.m. in St. Ann Catholic Church, Main Street, in Milton, with Fr. John Feltz as celebrant. Immediately following the Mass, military honors will be accorded Jim by members of the Vermont Air National Guard Honor Guard. Burial will be later in the spring in the Holy Family Cemetery in Essex Junction. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Minor Funeral Home, Route 7 in Milton. In lieu of flowers, Jim requests a donation be made to Milton Athletic Boosters, 17 Rebecca Lander Drive, Milton, VT 05468. Online Condolences may be made at www.minorfh.com .
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