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1946 Obituaries

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Samuel Adams, 1/30/2010
Harry R. Alcott, 2/7/2000
Charles W. Allen, 7/23/2010
COL Jack J. Basil, USA (Ret.),9/22/2015
John D. Beardsley, 5/24/2004
William H. Boysen, 11/1/1994
Donald C. Burch, 5/17/2012
Bette W. Burton (Vermont College)
James B. Carswell, 3/2/1997
PVT E. B. Clark
Frank F. Conway, 8/22/2002
Philip W. Cook (Vermont College), 2/4/1999
George P. Cunavelis, 1/21/2012
John J. Daley, 6/15/2000
Edward C. Donahue, 11/20/1993
John F. Donahue, 3/28/1994
Capt Carlton R. Doncourt, PD (Ret), 9/3/1990
Lloyd Durfee, Jr., 6/27/2006
Harry L. Ellingwood, 2/15/2009
John R. Finn, 7/14/2007
Chester F. Fitzgerald, 7/19/1990
James F. Fitzpatrick, 10/3/2009
Emmet Flannery (Vermont College)
Frank Follett (Vermont College), 9/8/1996
Michael A. Gangemi, 12/12/2004
Fredeick M. Healy, 10/24/2003
Paul R. Hogan, 6/1/1985
Edwin M. Lamphere, 12/2/1995
Alan L. Lewis, 8/6/2013
COL Richard Lyman, USA (Ret), 11/23/2003
Richard T. Margeson, 11/16/2006
Robert E. Marshall, 5/7/2008
James W. Mason, 12/1/1998
Dr. Arthur V. McDowell Jr., 10/27/1984
Francis E. McIntire, 3/7/2015
Myers "Luke" McWilliams, 5/1/2014
Sterling S. Melendy, 11/24/1984
Donald E. Mitchell, 8/29/2001
Dr. H. Pierce Munson, 12/25/1995
Dr. Philip W. Munson, 1/24/2013
John J. Murphy, 9/7/2005
George L. O'Brien, 10/27/2000
Gerri G. O'Brien (Vermont College)
Robert L. Pooler, 12/27/1992
Howard W. Rome, 5/1/1985
Beatrice Ryall (Vermont College), 1/17/1982
Alberta C. Sampson (Vermont College), 4/5/2002
Helen S. Saulino (Vermont College), 1/30/2004
Anne S. Schulman (Vermont College), 1/1/1992
Gordon R. Scott, 8/30/1991
Roger H. Shope, 1/30/1998
Francis T. Sutton Jr., 1/4/1990
Charles A. Sweeney, 1/2/1997
Jane F. Thoner (Vermont College), 7/31/2008
Adelmo Tosi (Vermont College), 11/16/1994
Arthur L. Tryon, Jr., 11/7/1998
Walter G. Watkins, 9/15/1994
Robert P. Weiler, 9/5/1992
Warren B. Woodward Jr., 2/7/1990
Richard J. Zechner, 9/15/1998

Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams, 85, of Brewster, MA, passed away on January 30, 2010.

Sam was born on October 24, 1924 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, the son of the late Harold P. Adams and Margaret (Holyoke) Adams.

Sam was raised and educated in Melrose. He went on to Norwich until he was called to serve in the Pacific during World War II. A member of the US Navy, Sam was stationed aboard the USS Tulagi. Upon his discharge, he returned to Norwich University to receive his undergraduate degree and continued his education in the graduate program at Boston University. For 30 years, Sam worked as a traffic manager for the paper company, Kimberly Clark.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Melrose and the Boosters Club of Stoneham. A hockey player at Melrose High School and Norwich University, Sam continued playing in the Melrose Old Timers League.

Upon his retirement, he and his wife, Carol, built their home in Brewster where they had vacationed for many years. He worked part time for Pro Fence Co. and volunteered for Brewster Meals on Wheels, Hospice Care, and the Council of Aging.

Sam loved baking, gardening, walking the beach, a good joke, his dogs, and travelling to Bermuda with his wife and their friends. At the Cape, one of his hobbies was being a beekeeper, and he would often bring honey to his many friends and neighbors. A warm and friendly person, he will be remembered for always having an open door for family and friends.

He was the beloved husband of Carol A. (Campbell) Adams with whom he shared 61 years of marriage. He was the devoted father of Marcia O’Neil and her husband Michael of W. Newbury, Corrine Kimball and her husband Phil of Byfield, Susan Campbell and her husband Paul of Brooklyn, NY, Bette Burke and her husband Joseph of Reading, Samuel Adams Jr. and his wife Genna of Eagle, CO, Nancy A. McClorey and her husband Steven of Melrose, Linda Penney and her husband Mike of Hooksett, NH, and Amy Barry and her husband Tom of E. Bridgewater. He was also the dear brother of Holyoke P. Adams and his wife Jean of Corvallis, OR. Cherished grandfather of Michael G. O’Neil Jr., Meghan O’Neil, Leah Dobbins, Emily Kimball, Zachary Campbell, Sam Campbell, Paul Zurek, Patrick Zurek, Madeline Burke, Michelle Burke, Sammy Adams, Jessica Adams, Daniel McClorey, Meghan McClorey, Sean McClorey, Kay Penney, Claire Penney, Jackson Penney, Molly Barry, Abby Barry, and Thomas Barry. Loving great grandfather of Donovan O’Neil, Brady O’Neil and Tucker O’Neil.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sam’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA, 02472.

COL Jack J. Basil, USA (Ret.)

Jack J. Basil, Jr., age 91, of Rockville, Maryland, passed away at Shady Grove Hospital on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.

Jack was born in Island Pond, Vermont on September 16, 1924 to the late Jack J. and Phoebe Basil. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from Norwich University and a Masters in Political Science from Georgetown University. Jack was a Colonel in the U. S. Army and a veteran of WWII, having served in North Africa and Italy. During the Berlin crisis in 1962, he was recalled to active duty on special assignment as a planning officer with the U. S. Army/Berlin Brigade. He joined the U.S. Army Reserves and rose to the rank of Colonel over time. In September 1979 he was appointed Active Deputy Commander of the 352nd Civil Affairs Command from which he retired later that year. Jack's career included Director of the National Rifle Association's Legislative Service in Washington, DC. Later, he was Special Assistant to the President of RBI, Inc., an international consulting firm in Washington, DC.

Jack is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 34 years, Marjorie Louise Basil; broth- ers Robert Basil and his wife LeBibe, and Joseph Basil and his wife Marie; stepchildren Nancy Rezek (William) of Charlotte, NC; Judy Andrew (Thomas) of Rockville, MD; Jennifer Grimaud (Michael) of Crofton, MD; and James Greer (Constance) of Laurel, MD. He had seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews. Jack was preceded in death by his first wife, Merle, and very recently his brother, Ben Basil.

He was a source of great inspiration to everyone who knew him, and once you met "Jack", you never forgot him. Jack was a member of our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Church in Washington, DC. He also belonged to the Civil Affairs Association, Reserve Officers Association, and the National Rifle Association, among others.

Friends may call at the Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Home, 7557 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, on Saturday October 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friends may call at the Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Home, 7557 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, on Saturday October 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers send memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project or to the Norwich University Scholarship Fund. Funeral Home.

George P. Cunavelis

George P. Cunavelis, 88, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2012.

He was born in St. Johnsbury, Vt., the son of Peter and Vasiliki Cunavelis. His father and his uncle, John, were longtime proprietors of the Concord Candy Kitchen (CCK). After graduating from St. Johnsbury Academy, George enrolled at Norwich University and almost immediately enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Following three years of active duty, he entered and graduated from the University of Vermont.

George then began a long career with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization, Eastern Regional Headquarters. George actively maintained his connections with many organizations in St. Johnsbury and Burlington, especially the Greek Orthodox Church where he was a lifetime member. He was also a national representative of Kappa Sigma fraternity, and a member of the AHEPA.

George is survived by his brother, John, and his family, of South Burlington, Vt.; his former wife, Margo, of Salt Lake City, Utah; relatives locally and in Montreal, Greece, and beyond; and his longtime, very dear friend and companion, Marie Pepin of Cape Cod, Mass. and Burlington. He was predeceased by his sister, Helen, and older brother, James.

A funeral service will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at the Greek Orthodox Church in Burlington, Vt. Interment will take place in the spring at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in St. Johnsbury. At George's request, there will be no visiting hours. Corbin & Palmer Funeral and Cremation Service is in care of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to the Greek Orthodox Church, P.O. Box 8122, Burlington, VT 05402, or to an organization of one's choice.

James F. Fitzpatrick

James F. Fitzpatrick, 86, of Leeds, AL, passed away on October 3, 2009. James grew up in Crestwood, NY. He graduated from Norwich University with a degree in mechanical engineering and was a member of the polo team. He was a veteran of World War II (Rainbow, 42nd Division) and was a prisoner of war for six months. James was an active and charter member of the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Leeds. He came to Leeds in 1948 as the plant engineer for Universal Cement. He was active in POW, VFW and the American Legion. James's favorite pastime was ballroom dancing.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Janice Brasher Fitzpatrick. James is survived by his wife, Reba R. Fitzpatrick; daughter, Nancy F. Wyatt (Timothy); step-daughters, Rebecca G. Williams, Susan W. Steele, and husband, Michael, and Alison W. Peters, and husband, Timothy; grandchildren, Emily W. Plumlee, and her husband, John, and Adam Thomas Steele; great-granddaughter, Jane Plumlee.

James was buried on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Trussville.

Alan L. Lewis

Alan L. Lewis, 88, died Tuesday morning, August 6, 2013, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Born May 10, 1925, in Rutland, Vt., he was son of the late Ernest E. and Violet (Lincoln) Lewis. Alan was the seventh generation to live at the Lewis Farm in Poultney, attended Poultney public schools and graduated from Poultney High School, Class of 1942, having served as class president and band member, and played on the varsity basketball team. He attended Norwich University for one year and served with The United States Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946, serving in the South Pacific and attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. Returning from the military, he attended Columbia University from 1947-1948 and worked at N.B.C. in the R.C.A. Building as a tour guide from 1947-1948. He was a radio announcer for WBSR in Pensacola, FL, and WMOB and WKRG in Mobile, AL, from 1947 to 1950. He married Barbara Jean Clary on October 23, 1948. Alan, Barbara and their first son, Mark, returned to Vermont in 1950. Alan worked as a salesman in the petroleum and grain industry in the greater Burlington area for more than 30 years. Returning to Lewbrook Farm in Poultney in 1984, he established the Alan Lewis Real Estate Company, staying very active until he retired in 1998. He was active with the Poultney High School Boosters Association, Past President of the Poultney Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Poultney Rotary Club, Lakes Region Marketing Development Corp., past Trustee of the Poultney Historical Society, and served the town as Justice of the Peace and member of the Board of Civil Authority. Alan was very proud of his Poultney heritage, especially the fact that his ancestor, Josiah Lewis, served alongside Gen. Ethan Allen at the capture of Fort Ticonderoga and fought at the Battle of Hubbardton. He enjoyed spending time with family, cutting brush and raising polled Hereford cattle.

He is survived by his sons, Timothy J. Lewis and his wife Laurie of Burlington, and Richard C. Lewis and his wife Gloria of Colchester; his sister, Marion L. Hinsman of Poultney; grandchildren, Adam, Nathan, Christian, Aaron, Timothy, and Brittany Lewis, Brooke Bousquet, and Alison Bigenho; great-grandchildren, Marcus and Avery Lewis, Noah and Henry Bousquet, Adilyn and Laina Bigenho, and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara, and by his sons, Mark and David Lewis.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 12, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Roberts-Aubin Funeral Home, 266 Allen Ave., Poultney, with the Rev. Robert Noble, pastor of the Castleton Federated Church, officiating. Family and friends may call from 12 Noon until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery in Castleton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Poultney Historical Society, 1499 East Main St., Poultney, VT 05764; or to the One to One program at RSVP Volunteer Center, 6 Court St., Rutland, VT 05701.

Richard T. Margeson

Richard T. Margeson, 81, of Santa Monica, Calif., passed away on November 16, 2006. Richard died of cancer in Los Angeles. Richard worked for 3M and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. for many years. He was the former owner of the Gallery Restaurant in Goffstown, N.H.; after moving to California, he worked for Langer’s Luggage in Los Angeles.

He was born in Boston and graduated from Huntington Preparatory School. He attended Norwich University before joining the Navy in World War II. After the war, he attended Dartmouth College. He was a supporter of the National AIDS society and worked on the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

He is survived by his longtime friends, David Jenkins; his former wife, Barbara; a son, Richard T. Margeson II; two daughters, Gail Cona and Beth Kneib; and six grandchildren.

Francis "Frank" McIntire

Francis Edward "Frank" McIntire, age 90, of Worcester, was born on October 12, 1924 in Winchester, Massachusetts, eldest child of Edward and Anna (Doherty) McIntire. Frank passed peacefully from this earth on March 7, 2015.

 He grew up in Wakefield and attended Malden Catholic High School, class of 1942. A member of the greatest generation, he enrolled in Norwich University, Northfield, VT, with the class of 1946. He was drafted into the Army in the spring of 1943. He transitioned to the Army Air Corps where he trained and qualified as a Navigator for the European Campaign but was redirected west to participate in the Pacific Campaign and was training in Arizona when WWII ended. He achieved the rank of Second Lieutenant, U. S. Army Air Corps. He was a lifelong aficionado of all things aviation and the United States Air Force. Upon mustering out of the service, he resumed his studies at Norwich where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1948, but with the class of 1946. He loved and supported Norwich University his entire life. He was also a 61 year member of the American Legion Post 63, Wakefield, MA, and a recognized member of the Sons of American Legion. He also frequently participated and contributed to the U.S. Air Force Academy organizations; and he is recognized through a brick at the National World War II Museum located in New Orleans. Immediately upon graduation, he joined his family´┐Żs business, the McIntire Brass Works. They supplied a wide spectrum of firefighting nozzles and devices primarily made from brass. Many firehouses still have the original McIntire Brass Works sliding pole developed by his grandfather F. N. McIntire. Frank met and married his wife of 63 years, the former Dorothy Ann Killian. They moved to central Massachusetts, ultimately Worcester, where Frank worked in sales providing hydraulic and pneumatic equipment to the many manufacturing concerns throughout the region. He later continued his sales career in real estate.

He and Dorothy raised seven sons together: LtCol Francis E. McIntire Jr, USAF(ret) (Patricia); CAPT William K. McIntire, USNR(ret) (Claire); Laurence J. McIntire; LtCol Edward J. McIntire, USAFR(ret)(Lucy); Gregory B. McIntire (Illona); MAJ Theodore B. McIntire USAF(ret); and CAPT Andrew R. McIntire, Harbor Pilot in the Port of Charleston (Kimberly). In addition to his wife Dorothy, their sons and daughters-in-law, Frank is survived by 20 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Frank was predeceased by a sister, Mary, and a brother, Gerard, and one great grandchild, Emmanuelle. 

Calling Hours will be held on Friday, March 13, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. in MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation Street, Worcester. His Funeral will be held on Saturday, March 14, from the funeral home with a procession to church for a Mass at 10 a.m., in Immaculate Conception Church, 353 Grove Street, Worcester. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory be made to the Nursing Program at Norwich University, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663, or to your choice of charity.

Myers "Luke" McWilliams

CONYERS Myers S. Luke McWilliams Luke McWilliams of Conyers passed away peacefully on May 1, 2014 at the age of 88 with his wife and daughters by his side.

A native of Swansea, MA Luke proudly served in the US Navy in the South Pacific from1943 to 1945. Luke was a gunner on a Navy torpedo bomber, the last of his squadron living, so theyre now back together again. After his military service, Luke like a lot of men of his time, went back to school. He completed his education at Norwich University in Northfield, VT.

Luke was very active and loved to fish and coach softball and little league wherever he lived. He and his wife Betty Jo BJ met in and married in Swainsboro, GA. Soon after their wedding, Luke and BJ relocated to Conyers, GA to enjoy life closer to his daughters and grandchildren. They enjoyed traveling and had great fellowship with their Forever Young Group.

Luke leaves his wife BJ McWilliams, three daughters Lynn Barton and Nancy Madaris both of Covington, GA , Carol Eskew and her husband Shelley Ransdell of Marietta, GA. Grandsons Michael Barton (wife Missy) and family of Jackson, GA, and Ronnie Madaris (wife Tiffany) and family from Clearwater, FL, 2 great granddaughters and 1 great great granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to The Parkinsons Research Foundation or your favorite charity. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Saturday May 10, 2014 at the Church of the Good Shepherd 4140 Clark Street, Covington, GA with The Rev M. Edwin Beckham officiating.

Dr. Philip W. Munson

Dr. Philip W. Munson, 88, of Bradford, died peacefully Jan. 24, 2013, at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, N.H.

He was born Aug. 18, 1924, in Gardner, Mass., a twin son of Dr. Earle W. Munson and Marion (Pierce) Munson. Philip was raised in Gardner, Mass., and graduated from Gardner High School in 1942. Philip and his twin brother were avid sports fans, playing sandlot baseball and football. They also loved to ski and play hockey. They were also known as master pranksters.

Following graduation, he attended Norwich University. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and trained at Fort Eustis, Va., with the 2nd Antiaircraft Training Battalion in 1943. He then attended Cornell University for pre-dental studies. He matriculated to the University of Nebraska and graduated from Nebraska Dental School in 1948. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1954.

On Dec. 22, 1946, in David City, Neb., he married Lujane Johnson. With fond memories of summer jobs at Lake Morey in Fairlee, they moved to Bradford to make their home. They resided in Newport, R.I., while serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He returned to his dental practice in Bradford in 1953. He was a lifelong member of the American Dental Association and the Vermont Dental Society. He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Bradford. He helped provide numerous opportunities for children in the Bradford area. He was a co-founder of Little League baseball and Babe Ruth baseball.

He was a founding father of the Bradford Lions Club junior high basketball tournament and Bradford Youth Sports. He was also instrumental in bringing Cub Scouts to Bradford. He was an avid supporter of the Hartford Post 26 Legion and their baseball program and was a member of the Charity Lodge 46 F&AM of Bradford. He was on the board of directors at Cottage Hospital and expansion committee for Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Vida (Perry) Munson; three sons, Stephen W. Munson and wife Dora, of San Diego, Calif., Dr. Robert P. Munson and wife Kathy, of Bradford, and Michael C. Munson and wife Denise, of Irving, Calif.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and stepchildren Alson Perry, James Perry, Lynn Perry, David Perry, Paul Perry and Connie White and their spouses, children and grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Lujane, in 1997; an infant son, David, in 1948; and his twin brother, Pierce.

Calling hours were held February 1, 2013 at Hale Funeral Home, Upper Plain, Bradford, Vt. A celebration of his life was held February 2, 2013, in the Bradford United Church of Christ in Bradford with the Rev. Karen Lipinzyck officiating. Interment will take place in the family lot in Sawyer Cemetery, Bradford, in the spring.

Donations in his memory may be made to Bradford Youth Sports, in care of Marvin Harrison, Wells River Savings Bank, Bradford, VT 05033, where a scholarship fund in his name will be established. The Hale Funeral Home of Bradford is in charge of arrangements. To view an online guest book, visit


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