Swanton, Vt. - Wesley F. Kidder, 85, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.
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Wes was born in Swanton, on June 4, 1927, the son of the late George M. and Clara (Kinsley) Kidder. Wes was a U. S. Navy veteran. He married Elvy M. Hubbard on June 16, 1950 and they had three children. Wes operated Wood & Kidder Furniture Store for many years and in 1975 established Kidder Memorial Home. A funeral director for over 64 years, he also served his community as an active member of many civic organizations.
Wes was predeceased by his son, George H. Kidder who died in 2002; and his sister, Dorothy K. Bliss who died in 2011.
He is survived by his wife, Elvy H. Kidder; and their other two children, Stephen H. Kidder and his wife, Marian C. Kidder and Linda J. Kidder and her husband, W. Patrick White, and their families; his brother, Alan K. Kidder; six grandchildren, John W. Kidder, Benjamin K. Kidder, Michael S. Kidder and his wife, Danielle D. Kidder, Emily A. Kidder, Ryan P. White and Jillian M. White; three great-grandchildren, Sean, Nicholas and Riley Kidder; as well as two more great-grandchildren expected in the coming year; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.
Wes's family would like to express their deepest gratitude to all those who provided him with exceptional care including, Dr. Mark Pitcher, Dr. Joseph Salomone, Dr. William Roberts, Dr. Brian Irwin, Dr. Paul Unger, the doctors, nurses and staff of the Northwestern Medical Center and The Condon Family, Dr. Teig Marco and all the nurses and staff at Franklin County Rehab Center.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, from The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The principle celebrant was the pastor, Father Emmanuel I. Ajanma. Other concelebrating priests were, Father Marcel R. Rainville, SSE Director of Faith Formation for the Society of Saint Edmund, Father Jean Paul Laplante, Chaplain of Our Lady of the Meadows and Ave Maria Homes in Richford, Father John Sheridan, OSA a longtime family friend from Villanova University in Villanova, Pa. and Father Brian J. Cummings SSE, Director of Campus Ministry at Saint Michael's College and Spiritual Director of Saint Anne's Shrine, Isle La Motte who also delivered the homily. Eugene LaBombard and Paul Laroche served as Ministers of the Altar. Music was provided by soloists, Jeanne Begnoche and Gary Moreau accompanied by organist, Michael Olmstead. The funeral procession was led in and out of the church by a large guard of honor made up of members of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Saint Edmund of Canterbury Assembly 2207, Swanton. Also forming an honor guard were members of Missisquoi Valley Rescue, Swanton Village Fire and Police Departments, Highgate Volunteer Fire Department as well as members of the National and Vermont Funeral Directors Associations.
The White Funeral Pall was draped over Wesley's casket by his daughter, Linda Kidder and his son, Stephen Kidder. Wes's wife Elvy Kidder then placed the crucifix. Readings from scripture were proclaimed by daughter, Linda Kidder and daughter-in-law, Marian Kidder. The Offertory Gifts were presented by granddaughters, Emily and Danielle Kidder and William White and Arthur Goodhue.
Among the many delegations in attendance were representatives from Wes Kidder's Rat Pack, the Vermont Senate and House of Representatives, Vermont Attorney General's Office, Swanton Village and Town Offices, Highgate Town Offices, Alburgh Village and Town Offices, Alburgh Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue, North Hero Volunteer Fire Department, Grand Isle Rescue, Swanton Chamber of Commerce, Saint Albans Rotary, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Charles DaPrato Post 778 Swanton, American Legion, Green Mountain Post 1 Saint Albans and Creller-Landon Post 60 Alburgh, The Patriot Guard Riders, Seventy-Six Lodge #14 F&A.M., Montpelier Court 151 Royal Order of Jesters, Shore Acres Inn and Restaurant, Franklin County Home Health Agency, Franklin County Rehab Center, Northwestern Medical Center, Holiday House, Vermont Center for Cancer Medicine, Sticks & Stuff, Linda J. Kidder Associates, Waterford, Solutions For Small Business, LLC, Groton, Total Home Center, The Superstore, Ashley Furniture Homestore, Knights of Columbus, Notre Dame Council 12289, Durham, Ella T. Grasso Southeast Technical High School, Groton, Office of Dr. Debra K, Daren, DDS, East Lyme, Irrigation Services of CT, LLC and Hodge Podge Lodge both of Durham, Literary Rights International, Inc., NY, N.Y., Dominion Resources Inc., Waterford, Vermont Precision Tools, Drummac, Franklin County Probate Court, The Tyler Place, Small America, Green Mountain Forest Products, Swanton Village Green Apartments, Missisquoi Valley Union High School, Mary S. Babcock and Swanton Central Schools, Peoples Trust Company, Peoples United Bank, Rachel's Styling Studio, Total Yard Care and Snowplowing, J. Rainville & Sons, Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary/St. Louis Parish, Sacred Heart Parish in Groton, Swanton Memorial United Methodist Church, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton Christian Church, Saint Paul's United Methodist Church, Warren Fournier Home Improvement Center, Rene Fournier Farm Equipment, United States Postal Service, Bev's Shear Expectations, Grand Avenue Enterprises, M&T Sand and Gravel, The Allen Agency, Bourdeau Brothers, Swanton Rexall, Flowers By Debbie, Cost Effective Business Solutions, Office of Doctor David Stanley DMD, Office of Doctor Michael J. Corrigan MD, Vermont Center for Cancer Medicine, Hannaford Supermarket, The Handy Group, The Paquin Group, Dexter Products, Cody's Diner, Porter's Bike Shop, Ste. Marie's Market, Swanton Public Library, Saint Anne's Shrine, Christopher Advertising, Shore Acres and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
The Rite of Committal and Interment followed at the Kidder Family lot in Riverside Cemetery with Father Rainville assisted by Fathers Ajanma, Sheridan and Cummings reading the committal prayers. The honorary bearers were, Merrill Hungerford, Burt Paquin, Bud Paquin, James "Bubby" Irick, Bernard "Sonny" Giroux, Grove Miller, Morty Achiron and Huibert vanDorp. The active bearers were grandchildren, John W. and Michael S. Kidder; son-in-law, W. Patrick White, nephews, Alan John Kidder and John "Jack" Bliss, great-nephew, Jason Bliss as well as Alfred Miller and Richard Cardillo.
Military Honors were accorded to the World War II and Korean Navy Veteran by members of the Vermont Army National Guard, Funeral Honors Team. The American Flag was folded by 1st SG Dan Landry and SPC Derrek Murray and presented to Wes's grand-niece, 2nd Lt. Eileen A. Kidder Kachuck, U.S. Army who then presented to Wes's grandson, Staff Sgt. John W. Kidder of the VT Army National Guard who presented the American Flag to his grandmother, Mrs. Elvy Kidder. Taps were sounded by Bugler, SPC Travis Dube.
Following The Prayers of Committal and Military Honors, a reception was held for family and friends at the My-T-Fine Restaurant hosted by Mrs. Nancy Paquette and staff with a special Jester Toast offered by Dr. Robert Barker.
A special thank you to Mr. Rett Heald of the Heald Funeral Home for his professional assistance.
Gifts in Wes's memory may be made to Saint Anne's Shrine, 92 Saint Anne's Drive, Isle LaMotte, VT 05463 or to Missisquoi Valley Rescue, PO Box 22, Swanton, VT 05488.
To offer private online condolences please visit: www.kiddermemorialhome.com
Published in The Day on Jan. 5, 2013