WATERBURY CENTER - Sidney F. Thurston died on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt.
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He was born on June 20, 1931, in Stowe, Vt., the son of James and Pearl (Durett) Thurston. He attended Waterbury High School.
On Sept. 22, 1951, he married Dolores Hickory at the Waterbury Center Community Church.
He began his career as a painting contractor in 1955, and he then began the Thurston Paint and Wallpaper Store in 1969. He later transitioned into selling carpet and flooring, changing the name to Thurston Floor Covering and Window Treatment Store. As a hobby, he also ran the Center Fire Sales out of his garage, where he would sell firefighting supplies to local firefighters.
In 1958, he and several other community members began the Waterbury Center Fire Department. He served as the fire chief since its inception until stepping down in 1991. He continued to serve as a firefighter until retiring from the fire service in 1995.
He held many offices with regional, state and local firefighting associations. He was past president of the New England Fire Chiefs Association, Vermont Fire Chiefs Association and Capital West Mutual Aid.
As an outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He enjoyed snowmobiling, throwing horseshoes and spending time at his camp on Holland Pond.
Survivors include his wife, Dolores Thurston, of Waterbury Center; four sons, Gary and his wife, Sharon, and their children, Michelle and Molly, of Waterbury Center, Tyler and his wife, Lori, and their children, Autumn, Brandi and Dallas, of Alabama, Kurt and his children, Eythan and Issac, of Waterbury Center, and Kelley and his daughter, Lyndsey, of Colorado; sisters Virginia Fraties and her husband, Bill, of Colchester, and Brenda Viens and her husband, Armand, of North Fayston; and many great-grandchildren. He is also survived by aunts and uncles Mrs. Donald (Elosie) Thurston, of Waterbury Center, Robert and Maydene Kellett, of Waterbury Center, Harriet Durett, of Stowe, and Lester and Marge Durett, of Colchester, Vt.
At his request, there will be no calling hours or funeral services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Waterbury Ambulance Service, 1727 Guptil Road, Waterbury, VT 05677.
Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.
Published in Times Argus from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2013