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PETER GOODWIN HUNTSMAN - MONTPELIER - Peter Goodwin Huntsman, 83, formerly of Fuller Street, Montpelier, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Rowan Court Nursing, where he resided for the past year. He was born in Montpelier on Oct. 5, 1929, the son of Alexander M. and Mabel Goodwin Huntsman. He lived in Montpelier all his life and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1947. He married Carol Thomsen on Dec. 29, 1950, in the Christ Episcopal Church in Teaneck, N.J. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp, stationed on Guam M.I. On discharge from the Marines, he worked with his father at Huntsman's Paint and Wallpaper store in Montpelier. There were four children from his marriage, James, Patricia, William, and Susan. He was active in the Boy Scouts acting as scout master for years, with a trip to the Scout Ranch in Philmont, N.M. in 1968. He served as Executive Director of Vermont Green-Up for several years. Peter was active in the Masonic Bodies of Vermont. He was a brother member of Aurora Lodge #22 of Montpelier, and a member of the Montpelier Square and Compass Club. He was a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason. He served in the Grand Lodge of Vermont as the Grand Senior Deacon. He was on the Planning Board of the 32nd degree Masonic Children's Learning Center in Williston. He was very interested and active with the history of Masons in Vermont and New England. He was a lifelong member of the Montpelier First Baptist Church, singing in the choir for many years and an officer of many boards and committees. Peter also was a lifelong stamp collector and birder combining this with hiking and camping all over the United States and Canada. In earlier years, he enjoyed fishing and duck hunting. Survivors include his wife, Carol of Montpelier; daughter, Susan H. Macary and husband, Frank, of Woodbury; sons, Jamie Huntsman and wife, Joy, of Montpelier, and William Huntsman and wife, Cynthia, of Middlesex; grandchildren, Tucker Huntsman, Abigail Huntsman, Jason Harvey, Laura Winingham, Francis Macary, Peter Macary, Sarah Macary, and Stephen Macary; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Ruth M. Cuzzens and husband, Elmer, of Montpelier. He was predeceased by his oldest daughter, Patricia. A Masonic Service and memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Montpelier. A reception and fellowship will follow at the Boutwell Masonic Center, 288 Gallison Hill Road, Montpelier. Following the reception, a burial with military honors will be held at Middlesex Center Cemetery at 4 p.m. Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at, and go to Peter's obituary. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be sent to: Aurora Lodge #22 Scholarship Fund, 288 Gallison Hill Road, Montpelier, VT 05602.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Oct. 1, 2013
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