GRANITEVILLE - Kroy N. York, 32, of Clough Road, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. His family was by his side.
Born on Feb. 9, 1980, in Berlin, he was the son of Harold and Sheila (Gentle) York Jr.
He attended Barre Town Elementary School, where in kindergarten he met his lifelong best friend, Gary Sheridan. He attended Spaulding High School in Barre, where he learned his carpentry skills in the building trades program. He graduated in the class of 1998. He made his home in Graniteville.
Kroy had many interests including woodworking, mowing his lawn and operating heavy equipment. He loved carpentry most of all and was an extremely gifted carpenter. He spent many hours restoring their home where he earned the nicknames "Overkill Kroy" and "Captain 6x6." He enjoyed helping others, and in the process developed many special friendships. He loved the outdoors, camping in Lake George, ATV'ing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, maple sugaring and many hours helping his brother Pat water the garden.
On any given night he was with his close friends either enjoying "Survivor Night," strawberry milkshakes, brownie sundaes or "DDR."
"Uncle Kroy" also enjoyed cookouts and spending time with the people who loved him most.
Survivors include his life partner and fiancée, Jessica LaPerle, and their dogs, Keeta "Mouth," Ebony "Baby Girl," Unit "Little Man" and Kota, of Williamstown; his father, Harold York Jr., of Graniteville; two sisters, Kim Ordway and her husband, Paul, of Bradford, and their daughters, Baylie "Baylie Boop" Ordway and Jennifer Waters and her children, Kaleb and Ashton, and Debbie Ziter and her husband, Tony, of Washington, and their daughter, Olivia "Livvie Loo Hoo," and Aimee Ziter and Michael Ziter; two brothers, Jamie York and his wife, Wendy, and their children, Emily "Emma Suzie" and Mason, and Patrick York and his companion, Sarah Shedd, and their daughter, Abigail "Aba-daba-dail," all of Graniteville; his aunt, Ronda Rexford, and her husband, Frank, of Lakeland, Fla.; his special cousin, Lisa, as well as additional cousins. He also leaves his second family, Raymond and Linda LaPerle, Tish and Brian Long and their children, Rayna and Noah, of Barre Town; Josh LaPerle, of Williamstown; Jo LaPerle, Zach LaPerle and his son, John, and J.J. LaPerle, all of Barre Town.
He spent many hours with the "LaPerle Clan" tinkering in the garage, maple sugaring, as well as family gatherings and his not-so-favorite, haying.
He is predeceased by his mother, Sheila York, his uncle Ronald York, and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
A service to celebrate and remember Kroy's life will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at 1 p.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre. Interment will take place in the Wilson Cemetery in Websterville.
Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday evening, Dec. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Contributions in Kroy's memory may be made to the Barre Town Fire Department, c/o Barre Town Municipal Office, P.O. Box 116, Websterville, VT 05678.