MARSHFIELD - Casper A. Lyford, 93, of Marshfield, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin, with family at his bedside.
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Born in Chelsea, Vt., on Jan. 23, 1920, he was the son of the late George Lyford and Lilla (Taylor) Lyford Goslant. He graduated from Groton High School. He served in the U.S. Army and was a World War II veteran, stationed in France.
On July 11, 1942, he married Lucille Boisvert at Manchester, N.H. The couple moved to Vermont in 1946 and resided in Marshfield throughout their 64 years of marriage.
Survivors include two daughters, Susan Hudson and her husband, Daniel, of Hardwick, and Sandra Schmitt, of Cabot; son-in-law Kenneth Williams, of Marshfield; six grandchildren, Janis (Schmitt) Blais, Karlyn Schmitt, Sharon (Hudson) Begin, Karen Hudson, Lynn (Williams) Walbridge and Gregg Williams; and six great-grandchildren, Lindsay and Ryan Walbridge, Dylan and Jordanne Begin, Jordan and Jade Blais; brothers Sonny Lyford and Perley Goslant Jr.; sisters Anna Mattoon and Marion Simonds; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife in 2006; his youngest daughter, Teresa Ann Williams, in 1999; brothers Frank, William, Nelson, Herbert, George and Charles; and sisters Mildred Goslant and Yvonne Helliker.
Casper was a drummer and had his own band while serving in the military. He was a member of the Dunbar band upon his return and continued playing for several years, including entertaining his grandchildren. He loved to hunt and fish, walks in the woods, and spending time at the family camp. He was active in his community, serving as village president for many years. He took pleasure in being a handyman and jack of all trades, coming to the rescue of his children and grandchildren on many occasions. He especially loved family gatherings.
He worked for Green Mountain Power Corp. for many years as a lineman and operator of the Marshfield Power Station. He retired in 1983.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 3, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the North American Martyrs Catholic Church in Marshfield. Interment will be in the Marshfield New Discovery Cemetery at a later date in the spring. Arrangements are in the care of des Groseilliers Funeral Home, 97 Church St., Hardwick.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Woodridge Nursing Home, P.O. Box 550, Barre, VT 05641, or to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
The family wishes to thank Martha and Sarah for the excellent care and compassion that has been given to our loved one.
Published in Times Argus from Apr. 25 to Apr. 27, 2013