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RAYMOND BARNES - BRIDPORT - Raymond Sollace Barnes, 67, a lifelong resident of Bridport, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at home, surrounded by his loving family. Born Aug. 24, 1946, at Mary Fletcher Hospital, Burlington, he was the son of the late George and Helen (Sollace) Barnes. Raymond graduated with honors from Middlebury Union High School, Class of 1964. Dairy farming was his enthusiastically chosen career, as he and his wife and sons operated the family dairy farm for many years. He was active in the Bridport community where he served as Justice of the Peace and a member of the Bridport Planning Board. He was a member of the Bridport Congregational Church where he served as a deacon and trustee. His other passions included motorcycling, snowmobiling, golfing, and playing rural league softball, frequently hitting pop-flys to family and friends. He enjoyed trips to Maine, and a month-long trip he and his wife took across country to Montana in 2005. He especially enjoyed Little Big Horn, among the several stops along the way. His love for baseball was exhibited as he watched his sons and grandsons learn the game. He had a soft spot for animals, especially watching birds at his feeders, and fondly caring for his many cats and dogs throughout his life. Surviving family members include his wife of 40 years, Charlotte (Payne) Barnes; three sons, Jason R. Barnes and wife, Becky, Kyle P. Barnes and significant other, Lisa Valley, and Mark G. Barnes and wife, Jennifer (Lussier), all of Bridport; brother, Henry N. Barnes of Southwest Ranches, Fla.; two grandsons, Tyler A. Brouillard, and Alex R. Barnes; aunt, Edla Browne of Bridport; aunt by marriage, Mattie Atkins and husband, Lloyd, of Richmond; niece, Elizabeth Barnes; three nephews, Paul Barnes, Matthew Barnes, and Michael Barnes, all of Southwest Ranches, Fla.; and several cousins. A special thanks to Dr. Nunnick, Dr. Thomas, Dr. Sprague, Vermont Center for Cancer Medicine, the Shepherdson 4 Oncology staff, Addison County Home Health and Hospice, and Happy Hearts. A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Bridport Central Cemetery, with the Rev. Tim Franklin, pastor of Bridport Congregational Church, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home, Middlebury, If desired, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Addison County Home Healthcare and Hospice, the Bridport Congregational Church, or Addison County Humane Society.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 20, 2014
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