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Topper Mogensen Obituary
Topper A. Mogensen

Topper A. Mogensen, 70, Manchester Ctr., Vt. passed away on Sunday, December 22nd surrounded by his wife, son, and daughter-in-law. Topper grew up in Easton, Connecticut and attended New England College in Henniker, NH. He loved both the ocean and the mountains. Following college, he worked as a fisherman on Cape Cod during the summer, and he ran a small ski lodge near Stratton in the winter. It was skiing where he met his wife, Susan, and together they spent the next 45+ years. Topper was a skilled builder and all around handyman. He worked for nearly 20 years for the construction company MacDonald and Swan before taking over the business in 1990. During his years, he built two homes for his family and numerous others for customers and long time friends. Topper took great pride in his work, never cutting a corner to save money or compromise a job. His tremendous work ethic, dedication and knowledge made him one of the most respected contractors in the area. He also enjoyed cooking and talking about the fast changing New England weather. Topper loved skiing and sailing. He volunteered for several years as a ski instructor for the JISP program at Bromley. Many family summer vacations were spent in Chatham, MA where he loved to body surf in the waves and take his son, Lucas, sailing. He was a New York Giants and Yankees fan; however, in the last several years, his family had made significant gains in changing his allegiance to the side of the Red Sox. Topper enjoyed many aspects of life including his family, cats and recently riding in his convertible. One of his most favorite activities was traveling to the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, which he did numerous times over the last 20 years. Here he would bask the sun and drink delectable rum drinks from the native women at the modest beach bar. This was his special place and where his gentle smile was most prominent. His wishes were for this island to be his final resting place. In the past two years, he enjoyed being a grandfather to a baby girl who referred to him as "Toppy." He leaves behind a wife, Susan, a son, Lucas, a daughter-in-law, Jen, and a granddaughter, Elle. He will be missed dearly by many other family members and countless friends. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held at the Peru Congregational Church in Peru, VT on Saturday Dec. 28th at 1:00 to celebrate Topper's life.


Published in www.manchesterjournal.com/ from Dec. 27, 2013 to Jan. 17, 2014
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