BRUCE TALBOT MORETOWN - Bruce Bellows Talbot, 61, of Moretown, died peacefully on Jan. 23, 2011. Bruce was born and grew up in Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of WisconsinMadison in 1971, with a Bachelor of Arts, and Northwestern University in 1973, with a Master of Science, both in Journalism. Bruce married Martha Fitch in 1976 and in 1981, Peter was born. In 1993, he married Judith Sutphen and they adopted Alejandro and Sofia in 1992 and 1995, respectively. Bruce is also survived by his brother and sister-inlaw, Jack and Marilyn Talbot of Thousand Oaks, Calif., as well as their four sons and families. From 1973 to 1995, Bruce worked for many Vermont institutions, including as a wire service correspondent for United Press International, a teacher at Montpelier High School, an editor of publications for National Life Insurance Company, a public relations manager for Barre Granite Association, and a tour leader for Basketville, Inc. His love of gospel music inspired Bruce to co- produce five concerts in Vermont of the 100-member choir of the New Hope Baptist Church of Newark, N.J. In 1994, Bruce was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and over the next 16 years he became central to the Vermont Parkinson's community. In 2007, Bruce was named to the first national patients' advisory council of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. In February 2010, Bruce was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. His family, friends, and community surrounded and supported him in his illness, and he passed away gently. Bruce's book The Heart of the Matter will be published posthumously. A Memorial Celebration to honor Bruce will be held at the Barre Opera House in Barre on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 4:30 p.m. Tax-deductible gifts in Bruce's honor to enhance Parkinson's disease care education in Vermont can be made to the University of Vermont College of Medicine - 'In honor of Bruce Talbot' on the message line, Medical Development and Alumni Relations, 89 Beaumont Avenue Courtyard at Given, Burlington, VT 05405. A fuller version of this obituary is available at www.caringbridge.org/visit/ brucetalbot and you are invited to share your memories of Bruce on that site or at www.awrich funeralhomes.com
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Feb. 2, 2011