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GREGORY CHARLES LYONS - WEYBRIDGE - Gregory Charles Lyons, a longtime resident and fixture of Addison County, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at his Perkins Road home after a two and a half year battle with cancer. He was born June 14, 1954, in Newton, Mass., to Janet (Osgood) Lyons and the late William I. Lyons. The oldest of five children, Greg moved to Middlebury in 1968 and graduated from Middlebury Union High School in 1972. A tremendous athlete, Greg played football, baseball and wrestled. He was a state champion wrestler his junior year and state runner-up at heavyweight his senior year. He won the school's prestigious Dory Cup in 1971. Greg attended Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., for several years where he played rugby and continued his wrestling career. He returned home to Middlebury in late 1975 to take over the family business, Lyons Place, for the next 21 years. Greg married Peggy Field, of Cornwall, in January of 1976, whom he met through the store when his father still ran it. The College Street store was well known for its creemee stand and 5-foot sub sandwiches that became staples for the area's catered events. Greg operated the first ice cream truck in town and held some of the original Ben & Jerry's truckload sales that were famous among townspeople and Middlebury College students alike in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Eager to pass on his love of sports to the next generation, Greg was active in the Middlebury Recreation Department youth programs when his three children were young. He started the community rugby club in Middlebury that grew into what is now the Middlebury College teams, and he coached the Panther men's and women's teams for a number of years. He was a member of the first Youth Court Diversion board, was a Town Lister for many years in both Middlebury and Weybridge, and was a member of the Lions Club for several years. After Lyons Place closed, Greg briefly ran the Market in Cornwall before starting Greg Lyons Construction, with the slogan 'No job too small or too large,' in the late 1990s through the fall of 2013. He was a voracious reader, often found at the library or at home with a stack of books when not working on any number of projects around the house, and treasured time with family, friends and several family pets adopted from the Humane Society of Addison County. He also enjoyed maple sugaring, gardening and raising chickens. He was cared for by Dr. Chris Nunnick, against whom he played high school baseball. Greg is survived by his wife, Peggy, of Weybridge; his son, Chas and his wife, Halina, and daughter, Aurelia of Middlebury; daughters, Meg, of Waitsfield, and Gwen, of Montpelier; his mother, Janet, of East Middlebury; his brother, Gary and his wife, Debbie, of Bristol; his brother, Geoffrey and his wife, Betsy, of Milton; his sister, Julie and her husband, Daniel of Richmond Hill, Ga.; and five nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, William; his sister, Jenny; and his brother-in-law, John Grearson. A celebration of Greg's life will be held at the Weybridge Elementary School on Saturday, April 12, between 1 and 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, 75 Main St., Middlebury, VT 05753; the Middlebury Recreation Department Youth Programs, 94 Main St., Middlebury, VT 05753; the Humane Society of Addison County, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753; or to the Addison County Home Health and Hospice (with great appreciation to Anne and Tara), 254 Ethan Allen Hwy, Middlebury, VT 05753. "In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight..."

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Mar. 7, 2014
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