JAMES DAVID HEDBOR - SOUTH HERO - James David Hedbor, 69, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at home with his loving family by his side, after a brief and determined battle with cancer. Jim was born Aug. 16, 1943, in Fort Gordon, Ga., the son of the late Bengt David and Ingrid Kristine (Hallgren) Hedbor. Jim was a 1961 graduate of Walpole High School in Walpole, Mass. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force
, serving as an upper air weather observer from 1961 to 1965. Jim joined National Life of Vermont in 1978, and continued his association with them through his financial planning practice, Client Centered Financial, based in South Burlington. Jim held the designations of Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, and Certified Financial Planner, and in 2001 earned his Master's in Financial Services from the American College. He was a member of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors and the Financial Service Professionals. Jim was a charter member and past president of the Grand Isle Rotary, a current member of the Colchester/Milton Rotary, and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He was a founding president of the Vermont Entomological Society and co-author of the Vermont checklist for moths and butterflies. He recently donated his lifetime collection of moths and butterflies, more than 4,000 specimens, to the University of Florida
's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity located at the Florida Museum of Natural History, where he was also a research associate. In the 1980's, Jim was a chairman of the Vermont Libertarian Party and twice ran for U.S. Congress on the Libertarian ticket. He considered himself to be a "recovering politician." Jim and his wife, Eloise, delighted in exploring the world together, traveling in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, and Jim was proud of having driven in 27 countries. His enthusiasm for travel contributed to culinary adventures at home where he successfully duplicated cuisine experienced in their travels. Jim was also a successful vintner, crafting many exceptional wines, including some from his vineyard. Jim embraced his Swedish heritage, hosting memorable Christmas smorgasbords for family and friends, and practicing traditional Swedish crafts including rosemaling and carving bowls with an axe. He donated two of his bowls for display to the American Swedish Museum in Philadelphia. He is survived by his wife, Eloise (Roberts) Hedbor of South Hero, whom he married in Burlington on Sept. 9, 1967. He is also survived by his children, Lars Hedbor and wife, Jennifer Mendenhall, of Aloha, Ore., Elisabeth Diesel and husband, Jason, of Windham, N.H., Ingrid Bevz and husband, Sergei, of Bristol, Conn., and Astrid Lague and husband, Christopher, of Colchester; grandchildren, Lara, Annika, Linnea and Fiona Hedbor, Brianna and Sabrina Rayburn, Torsten and Simone Diesel, and Evalina and Philip Lague; siblings, Joan Hampton and husband, Charles, of Marietta, Ohio, John Hedbor and wife, Jody, of Gardner, Mass., and Carol Conley and husband, Leo, of Sandwich, Mass.; his cousin, who was like a brother, Bertil Hedbor of Tranas, Sweden; sister-in-law, Sara Roberts; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. A celebration of Jim's life will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at 1 p.m. at The Inn at Essex, 70 Essex Way, Essex. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family in the South Hero Cemetery. Private condolences may be sent to Jim's family online through www.spearsfuneralhome.com
. Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls is assisting Jim's family with arrangements. For those who wish, contributions in Jim's memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-4070; or University of Florida Foundation, McGuire Center Support Fund, 2012 West University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32611; or to the Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693.