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Robie, William D.  
WATERBURY - A reception to celebrate the life of William Deal Robie will be held at the Blush Hill Country Club, 141 Lonesome Trail, Waterbury, Vermont, on Saturday, May 28, 2016, from 3 to 5 p.m. Bill passed away on March 16, 2016. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury.
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Published in Times Argus from May 23 to May 24, 2016
Suprenant, Therese M.  
BARRE - A Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of life for Therese M. Suprenant, 88, of Nichols Street in Rutland, was held on Friday, May 20, 2016, at 11 a.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. She passed away on January 4, 2016, at the Rutland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Rutland, Vermont. The Rev. Angelino Vale, parochial vicar of the church, was the celebrant, read the Gospel and delivered the homily. Crucifer Lawrence Reilly read Scriptures from the Old and New Testaments, led the Prayer of the Faithful and was altar server. Organist and vocalist Rosemary Badeau accompanied vocalists Romeo Bilodeau and Ronald Routhier in the hymns, "Amazing Grace," "The Lord Is My Shepherd," "Alleluia," "How Great Thou Art," "Prayer of St. Francis," "Song of Farewell" and "On Eagle's Wings." Soloist Rosemary Badeau sang "Ave Maria." Offertory gifts were presented at the altar by Margaret Suprenant and Cheryl Suprenant, both daughters-in-law. Roses were presented by her son, Norman Suprenant, as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Assisting as Eucharistic minister was Cecile Carbonneau. Pallbearers were Mareya Suprenant and Brandy Suprenant, both granddaughters; Derrick Suprenant, Michael Jenkins, Aaron Suprenant, Colby Suprenant, Donald Suprenant and Devon Suprenant, all grandsons. Burial followed the Mass in St. Sylvester Cemetery in Lower Websterville, Vermont, where Father Vale read the Committal Prayers. Following the burial, family and friends gathered at the Canadian Club in Barre for a time of sharing memories and luncheon. Arrangements were in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre.
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Published in Times Argus from May 23 to May 24, 2016
Taft Sr., Francis  
MONTPELIER - A double committal service to honor the lives of Francis Taft Sr., 86, of Heaton Woods, who passed away on April 10, 2016, and for his wife, Leah R. Taft, 89, also of Heaton Woods, who passed away on May 9, 2016, was held on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 1 p.m. in the Elmore Cemetery in Elmore, Vermont. Rev. Peter O'Leary, pastor of St. Monica Catholic Church of Barre, led the service. Military honors were held for Francis Taft Sr. by the U.S. Navy Funeral Honors Team. The American flag was folded by Captain Craig Roegner and 1st Class Babock and was presented to Prudence Fournier, daughter, by Captain Roegner. Bugler, 1st Class Babcock, sounded taps. Following the service, the family gathered at Francis "Rikk" Taft Jr.'s Lake House at Lake Elmore. Arrangements were in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre.
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Published in Times Argus from May 23 to May 24, 2016

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Ashford, Dale F.  
Dale F. Ashford was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, to Helen (Livingston) and John Ashford. He was survived by his wife of almost 59 years, Ann Stearns Ashford, son Donald Ashford, daughter Gayle Ekstrand and son-in-law James Ekstrand, all of Westford; grandsons John Ashford and wife, Cherie, of Westford, and Cody Freihofer, of Townsend; and great-grandchildren, Brandon Ashford, of Nashua, New Hampshire, and Brett and Jade Ashford, of Westford. He was predeceased by brother, Wayne Ashford. Dale graduated from Peacham Academy in Peacham, Vermont, in 1956, and attended Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont. He was in the National Guard for 10 years, starting in high school. After moving to Massachusetts in the early '60s, he made a career of driving a truck and was a member of the Teamsters Union. After retirement, he and his wife travelled the U.S. in their RV, hitting 46 of the 48 contiguous states. In later years, he and his wife became snowbirds, taking their RV to Port Richey, Florida, each winter until a few years ago when they moved back to Westford permanently. Visitation hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Duckett-J.S. Waterman & Sons Home of Memorial Tribute, 656 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, Massachusetts. The funeral service will follow the visitation at 1 p.m. For additional information, tributes and guestbook please visit: Duckett-Waterman.com .
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Published in Times Argus on May 20, 2016
Booth, Gordon J.  
BARRE TOWN - Gordon J. Booth, 84, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2016, at UVM Medical Center in Burlington in the care and loving company of his family. Gordon is survived by his devoted wife, Mary Lou (Richard) Booth, of Barre, son Michael Booth and wife Jill, of New River, Arizona, son Mark Booth and wife Donna, of Barre, daughter Vicki Gauthier and husband Tim, of Barre, daughter Lori Booth-Houle and husband Craig, of Cave Creek, Arizona, stepdaughter Gina Cross and husband Larry, of Franklin, stepson Ken Corey and wife Patti, of Franklin, sister Catherine Salvador, of Barre and Venice, Florida, and sister Pauline Tonnesen and husband Bob, of The Villages, Florida, as well as ten grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Gordon was predeceased by his parents, Wallace G. and Beatrice (Paquet) Booth, sister Lucille, brother Norman Booth and wife Madeline, sister Beverly Fromm and husband Joe, brother Marcel Booth and wife Evelyn , brother-in-law John Salvador, and niece Carol LaRoche. Gordon embraced a busy and wide-ranging life dedicated to family, profession and community service. He was born in Barre Town on November 22, 1931, and after graduating from Spaulding High School in Barre with the Class of 1950, he began a long, productive career as a dairy farmer, garnering recognition as Vermont Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1969 and Vermont Dairyman of the Year in 1975. Gordon was actively involved in many farming, community and business organizations, including a long tenure with Eastern A.I. Cooperative as a delegate and advisory board member, membership in the Barre Rotary Club, and service on the Boards of Directors of Washington Electric Cooperative (including a 10-year term as its president) and Middlebury Cooperative Fire Insurance. During the course of his life, Gordon also devoted many years to political governance and leadership, serving his local community, county, and state with dedication and passion. He greatly enjoyed working on behalf of his constituents, beginning with his membership on the Barre Town and Washington County Republican Committees. Gordon served on the Barre Town Board of Selectmen from 1968-77, including three years as its chairman, and then won election to the Vermont House of Representatives and served there from 1979-96. During his tenure in the Vermont legislature, he sat on a number of committees, including Resources, Institutions, Fish & Wildlife, and Highway. He also served as Chairman of the Agriculture Committee from 1981-84. Gordon was a man of boundless energy, and in addition to fulfilling his many professional and community responsibilities, he still found time to pursue a variety of family activities and personal interests. He took great pleasure in his role as a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, hosting many family barbecues and holiday gatherings. Gordon took particular delight in entertaining his great-grandchildren with tractor rides and many other farm adventures. He enjoyed caring for his farmland and animals, and every spring, working with his family, he produced maple syrup from the woods on his farm. Gordon also took flying lessons for a time, and he enjoyed traveling with Mary Lou as well, including excursions to Alaska, Florida, the American Southwest, and Washington, DC. Gordon was a lifelong and devoted member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, VT. To honor Gordon's wishes, there will be no calling hours. However, family and friends are invited to a celebration of Gordon's life at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at St. Monica Catholic Church, 79 Summer St., Barre. Interment will be at St. Sylvester Cemetery in Barre Town, with a reception to follow at the Elks Club, 10 Jefferson St., Barre. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to one of the following: Barre Town Fire Department, Attn: Fire Chief Christopher Violette, P.O. Box 116, Websterville, VT 05678 (write Gordon Booth on memo line for family to be notified of your donation); or Wounded Warrior Project, for which online donations can be made at: https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Default.aspx?tsid=72&campaignSource=WEBSITE&source=HONOR
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Published in Times Argus from May 16 to May 17, 2016
Bouchard Jacques, Vivian M.  
BARRE - Vivian M. Bouchard Jacques, 91, of Johnson Street, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016, at her home with her family at her bedside. Born June 22, 1924, in Canaan, she was the daughter of Alfred and Irene (Thibault) Bouchard. She attended school in Canaan and graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre. She married Benoit O. Jacques in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. Vivian worked at the former Homer Fitts Company in Barre for many years as a clerk and as their window designer. She was a homemaker who took pride in caring for her family and home. She especially loved her daughters, grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Vivian was a warmhearted person who loved people. She touched many lives of those she met. She was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church and Court St. Monica Catholic Daughters and was a collector at Sunday Mass. Her interests were reading, music, all types of crafts, cooking for family and friends, and spending time with her family. Survivors include her three daughters, Sondra I. Jacques, of Moretown, Veronica A. Bailey, of Barre, and Monique M. Tewksbury and her husband, Scott, of Barre Town; three grandchildren, Brent Tewksbury and his wife, Kimberly, Erika Bailey, and Shellie Bailey; five great-grandchildren, Logan Bailey, Zoe Tewksbury, Jaxon Bailey Perkins, Dylan Bailey and Lilly Tewksbury; many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and former husband, three brothers, John Bouchard, Herbert Bouchard, and Alfred Bouchard predeceased her. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 2 p.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. Interment will follow in St. Monica Cemetery in Barre. There are no calling hours. Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Ln., Williston, VT 05495. The family gives a special thank you to Vivian's caregivers for their friendship and for their exceptional care, which they provided to her for many years. The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Times Argus on May 19, 2016
Byam, Sheila A.  
WILLIAMSTOWN - The funeral service and celebration of life for Sheila Ann Byam, 69, of Depot Street, was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 16, 2016, in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre. She passed away Monday, May 9, 2016, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. The Rev. Kim Kie, pastor of Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre, led the service. Words of reflection were offered by companion Robert Martin and friend Donna Moran. Donna also sang, "Could I Have This Dance For the Rest of My Life" and "You Are My Sunshine." Interment followed the service in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Morrisville with Rev. Kie offering the committal prayers. The bearers were grandson Michael Byam and cousins Ross Derry, Shawn Germain Sr. and Shawn Germain Jr.
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Published in Times Argus from May 13 to May 19, 2016
Chadwick, John D.  
GREENVILLE, NC - The Mass of Christian Burial to honor the life of John Dudley Chadwick, of White Hollow Drive, was celebrated Friday, May 13, 2016, at 10 a.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre City. He died December 26, 2015, at the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. The Rev. Peter O'Leary, pastor of the church, was the celebrant and homilist. Crucifier Lawrence Reilly led the Prayer of the Faithful and was altar server. Organist/singer Rosemary Badeau accompanied singers Ronald Routhier and Romeo Bilodeau in the hymns, "How Great Thou Art," "Prayer of St. Francis," "I am the Bread of Life," "Song of Farewell," and "Sing with all the Saints in Glory." Rosemary also sang the "Ava Maria" at communion. Special prelude music included hymns, "Praise God from where all Blessings Flow," "Holy, Holy, Holy," and "Star Dust." Words of remembrance were offered by longtime friend Alec Campbell. The Old Testament reading was given by Joan Sylvester and Harland Sylvester proclaimed from the New Testament. The honorary gift bearers were Renald Hebert and Alec Campbell. Donald Carrigan, Brian and George Silver, and Thomas Sweeney served as honorary bearers. The active bearers were his son, John A. Chadwick, Gregory Gardner, Charles Couillard and Christopher Boucher. Interment was made in St. Sylvester Cemetery in Barre Town with Father O'Leary reading the committal prayers. The folded American flag to honor John's army service during the Cuban missile crisis was presented to his wife, Patricia, by Bruce W. Judd, representing Barre American Legion Post #10. Fellowship, pictorial remembrances, and luncheon followed at the Barre Canadian Club. The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, was in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Times Argus on May 19, 2016
Clough, Peter  
A graveside service for Peter Clough, 73, who died in Florida on February 23 will be held on May 27 at 11 a.m. at MT Hope Cemetery in Northfield. The service was originally scheduled for 1 p.m., but has been changed to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 188 or the River Park Trust Fund, c/o Sally Pedley, PO Box 55, both of Northfield, VT 05663. Kingston Funeral Home in Northfield is handling the arrangements.
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Published in Times Argus on May 17, 2016
Davis, Robert E.  
NORTHFIELD - Robert Earl Boober Davis Jr., 54, passed away peacefully in his sleep, Saturday morning, May 14, 2016. He was born in Northfield on October 15, 1961, to Robert and Ramona (DeForge) Davis Sr. He resided in Northfield all of his life. On September 3, 1988, he married Laurette Rochelle Brochu in Northfield where they made their home. He owned and operated his own business, B & M Glass. He was a longtime member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 63 in Northfield. He is predeceased by his wife, Laurette, and his mother, Ramona DeForge Davis. He is survived by his father, Robert E. Davis Sr. and his wife, Shirley, of Punta Gorda, Florida; two sisters, Kathleen Buck and husband Jason, and Theresa Cameron and husband Derek, all of Northfield; nephew Stephen Amell Jr., who was like a son to Boober, and his son, Carter Amell, both of Northfield; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, two brothers in-law, Kevin Brochu and his wife, Julie, and Fernand Brochu, all of Greensboro. He was a well-known member of the community and will be missed by all. A gathering to celebrate his life is being planned for later this month. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601-0687, or another animal charity of your choice. Kingston Funeral Home, 35 Slate Ave., Northfield, Vermont 05663, is assisting with the arrangements.
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Published in Times Argus on May 19, 2016
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