Norwich University


1966 Obituaries

If you would like more information regarding a name on this list, please contact the Alumni Office at 802.485.2300 or inmemoriam@norwich.edu. Please note that we do not have a detailed obituary for all names listed, but those we do are clickable links to the full obituary below. Obituaries that appear below were provided by the family or friends of the deceased to inform the Norwich community. 

Raymond J. Alexander, 6/15/2013
Albert S. Banks, 12/9/2001
Robert J. Beckerle PE, 10/19/2003
Emilie C. Bell (Vermont College)
Roger Bloomfield, 7/19/2013
P. Michael Bourgoin, 2/9/2011
Allen G. Blackman, 1/28/2004
David M. Burbank, 10/26/2001
CPT Stephen D. Carr USA, 8/26/1971
Joseph H. Clarke Jr., 9/30/1998
William F. Corcoran, 10/1/2013
Donald Corey, 3/1/1987
William J. Czepak Jr., 1/1/1993
Thomas L. Effley, 5/6/2001
James Edward Fewer, 5/28/2009
Gren Holden Fleming, 3/9/2010
Edward R. Galvin, 11/13/1998
John Godfrey Jr., 2/14/1968
Theo "Greg" Georgelos, 5/29/2007
Frank R. Grappone, 12/31/2013
Carl A. Haller Jr., 5/13/2005
Lorilee H. Hills (Vermont College), 12/17/2001
John A. Jablonski, 8/8/1968
William J. Jersey, 9/1/1996
Lester T. Johnston, 1/28/2014
William J. Kearins III, 7/4/1995
Elizabeth Leshure (Vermont College), 5/22/2000
LTC Howard C. Lewis ARNG, 8/25/1987
John P. Lyon, 4/18/1969
William E. Mahar, 11/13/2006
Richard D. Malatesta, 1/26/2007
Robert E. Milbier, 7/5/2008
Bruce P. Morse
Robert A. Murphy Jr., 2/4/2001
John E. Packard Jr., 4/27/2006
James B. "Brad" Payne, 3/26/2012
Richard A. Rossell, 5/7/2004
Bruce Saacke, 11/15/1985
John D. Shepard, 7/4/2013
Fred S. Sherwin Jr., 3/10/1973
CAPT Byron L. Tart Jr., 12/22/2005
David Tuxbury, 5/26/2006
George Rockwell Underhill, 5/30/2012
Dennis B. Underwood, 11/2/2005
Robert John Ventura, 9/30/2006
Evan "Buzz" Buzby Whitacre, Jr., 4/8/2007
John J. Wickstead III, 7/30/2008
Daniel R. Wojcik Esq, 1/5/2005
Andrew P. Yeo, 10/1/2001


Raymond J. Alexander

Raymond J. Alexander, 71, of South Windsor, Conn., passed away on June 15, 2013, at the West Roxbury VA Hospital. His two daughters, Kirsten and Shauna, were by his side.

Born in Hartford, Conn., on December 24, 1941, he was the first son of Rocco J. and Doris (Strong) Alexander. Ray graduated from East Hartford High School in 1960, Wentworth Institute in 1962, and Norwich University in 1966. He earned an associate's degree in construction technology and a Bachelor of Science in business. While at Norwich, he was a member of Skull & Swords, the Junior Weekend Committee, the Newman Club, the Outing Club, and the Football Team. He then served in the Army Corp of Engineers, rising to the rank of first lieutenant.

He married Annmarie Watson in 1967 and had two daughters, Kirsten and Shauna. Upon his return from service in Germany, he took over the family business, R.J Alexander, Inc., home builders, developers, and commercial industrial contractors. In 1973, Ray sustained a life-altering accident which left him wheelchair bound with quadriplegia for the rest of his life. However, this did nothing to stop his drive to succeed. Even while hospitalized with his initial injuries, he continued to direct the operations of R. J. Alexander, Inc. Following his discharge from the hospital, in addition to running the family business, he served as the president of the Hartford County Home Builders Association, then subsequently as the president of the State of Connecticut Home Builders, among his many other accomplishments.

In 1976, he married his beloved wife, Ila Barbanell. Ila was a blessing as a caregiver, and they were the love of each other's lives. The two retired to Stuart, Fla., and lived there for ten years before Ila succumbed to cancer in 1999. He relocated back to South Windsor, where he continued to be a vibrant and loved community member, friend to many, and family man.

Ray leaves behind his two adoring daughters of whom he was very proud: Dr. Kirsten Alexander and Shauna A. Larson, as well as their husbands, Hector Ortiz and Reeves G. Larson; his four beautiful granddaughters, who called him Bubby: Skylar and Syndey Larson and Ellie and Ana Ortiz; his brother, Ralph Alexander, and his wife, Caroline; and his two sisters: Susan A. Carriero and her husband, David, and Mary Hebert and her husband, David. He also leaves behind Ila's sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Jim Abbott, and their daughter, Ayla Jillian; as well as his many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

Ray's family would like to acknowledge and thank Rich Davis, Patrick and Paulette Hankard, Joe Luzzi, Jim Mangan, Jim and Howard Slater, Ed Shyloski, Kim Wishart, Merlyn Brewer, and Lilliana Rodriguez for being a special part of his life. Ray leaves this world an example of what true courage looks like, although he was one who never really saw himself as courageous, but rather he saw himself as very fortunate, and strived to demonstrate his appreciation for that. His tenacity and self-discipline were warrior-like, for decades beyond any doctor's prediction. His ability to thrive and give and love, despite his disability, is what we will all try to emulate. He leaves a huge legacy of spirit and determination for his family and large group of friends to aspire to.

In accordance with Ray's wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral service. Cremation is being coordinated by Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home in South Windsor. A memorial to his life for his family and friends will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Fisher House Foundation, Inc. 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168 or to Norwich University, Class of 1966 Scholarship, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663. To leave an online expression of sympathy, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.


Roger B. Bloomfield

Roger Bloomfield died peacefully of Multiple Systems Atrophy at his home in Contoocook, N.H., on July 19, 2013.

Roger Bennett Bloomfield was born on April 28, 1944, in Milford, Mass. to Rachel and Roger G. Bloomfield. He grew up in Wellesley, Mass. with his brothers Eric and Peter and best friend John Mitchell. At Wellesley High School, Roger was a state wrestling champion and worked summers in the White Mountains as an Appalachian Mountain Club hutmaster.

In 1966, Roger graduated from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Science in biology and commissioned in the U.S. Army the same year. While at Norwich, he was a member of Mountain Cold Weather, the Rescue Team, the Biology Club, Pegasus Players, Maroon Key, and the Fencing Club. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine from 1966 to 1968.

In 1968, Roger went active duty Army as an Infantry officer, graduating Ranger, Airborne, Jungle Operations, and Jumpmaster schools. He became a Special Forces officer ("Green Beret"), serving in the 5th and 10th Special Forces groups. He did a tour of duty in Vietnam in the 173rd Airborne Brigade, serving as a decorated rifle company platoon leader and earning the Combat Infantryman's Badge for actions against the enemy. He was honorably discharged as a captain in 1971.

Roger worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer for the Waterville Sentinel in Waterville, Maine. In 1973, he married the love of his life, Joy Child of Sudbury, Mass. He attended Northeastern University, earning a degree in mechanical engineering in 1976.

Roger started an engineering company with his brother Peter in Concord. Bloomfield Associates designed some of New England's most prominent wood-burning power plants. He also served as a police officer in Grantham.

Roger was a gifted and recognized rifleman, woodsman, photographer, horseman, author, historian, adventurer, father, husband, and leader. He was a true Renaissance man, adept at most any task a human may be called upon to perform, whether in times of peace or times of strife. Some people know a little about a lot, or a lot about a little; Roger knew a lot about a lot. He was a dynamic man of deep thought, quick wit, and decisive action whose watchword was honor. Roger cut an imposing and impressive figure and was the closest thing to Plato's Philosopher-King any of us are ever likely to meet.

Roger is survived by his wife, Joy; children: Tom '98, Samuel, Jessica, Tracy, Christine Sweet, Dr. Lindsey Madden, and Michael Gornnert; mother, Rachel; and brothers: Eric and Peter.

A memorial service will be held Friday, July 26, at 1:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church at 1548 Hopkinton Road in Hopkinton, N.H.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program by calling (603) 224-4093. Messages of condolences may be offered at www.bennettfuneral.com.


P. Michael Bourgoin

P. Michael Bourgoin, a Maine teacher, actor and director, died Wednesday, February 9, 2011 in Mesa, AZ. He was 66. He was born July 2, 1944, in Biddeford, ME, to Arthur and Dorothy (Cunningham) Bourgoin. He attended St. Peter's School in Lewiston, ME and graduated in 1962 from Lewiston High School.

Mike graduated from Norwich University in 1966 with a bachelor of arts degree in English. While at Norwich, he was a member of the Pegasus Players and was the president his senior year. Mike was also a member of the Newman Club, Ring Committee, Alpha Si Omega, Chameleon, and Intramurals. He served in the United States Army and was a Vietnam veteran. He later earned a master's degree from the University of Maine, Orono.

He taught English and drama in Winthrop and Sanford (ME), but spent most of his 25 year career as head of the drama department at Bonny Eagle High School in Standish, ME, retiring in 1999. His Bonny Eagle High School student thespians won numerous state and New England festivals.

An accomplished actor, he appeared in many Maine productions with various theater groups, including Portland Players, Lyric Music Theater in South Portland, City Theaterin Biddeford, Little Theater in Auburn, Schoolhouse Arts Center in Sebago Village, and the Originals in Bar Mills. One of Mike's proudest accomplishments was establishing his own troupe, the Town Players, in Buxton. With his wife, Jane Hardy, he also founded and directed for several years a summer musical theater camp at City Theater.

Mike is best remembered for his portrayals of Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof," but he gave moving performances of many other roles, notably Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman," Zorba in "Zorba the Greek," and Salieri in "Amadeus." He also did film and TV work; he appeared in an "Unsolved Mysteries" episode and did commercials for Central Maine Power Company and Hasbro, among other companies.

Survivors include Jane Hardy, his partner and wife of 27 years; his sister, Suzanne Vallee, of Largo, FL; his daughter, Sarah Bourgoin-Trottier, and her husband, Brian; his son, Peter Bourgoin, of Richlandtown, PA; and grandchildren, Kensey and Colby, of Mesa, and Hunter Ramsey, of Allentown, PA; step-children Diana Lewis, and her husband, Ulysses, of Lancaster, CA, Jack Beaudoin, and his wife, Fee, of Bowdoinham, ME, and Mark Beaudoin, and his wife, Kim, of Old Orchard Beach, ME; nine step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Mike's parents predeceased him.

For a more complete look at Mike's life, please see www.pmichaelbourgoin.blogspot.com.


William F. Corcoran

William F. "Bill" Corcoran, 69, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Salem, N.H., passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on October 1, 2013, after a brief illness. Bill was born in Methuen, Mass., on August 26, 1944, to the late Aylward Corcoran and Emily (Brandy) Corcoran.

Bill graduated from Methuen High School in 1962 and Norwich University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts in government. While at Norwich, he was a member of Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, the Outing Club, the Newman Club, the Drill Team, the Winter Carnival and Junior Weekend committees, and the Basketball team. After graduation, Bill served for four years in the U.S. Army. He also completed advanced studies at Merrimack College.

Bill was associated with Catalano Insurance of Methuen and, more recently, with Cronin and Gervino Insurance of Methuen. Bill spent most of his life in the Merrimack Valley area and was very active in his community, serving on the boards of the Salem Boys and Girls Club and the Salem Haven Nursing Home. He was a recipient of the Man/Youth Award in 1992 for his service, support, and contribution to the Salem Boys and Girls Club. Prior to retiring from the Board, he served as President of Salem Haven. Bill had also volunteered for the Buddy Werner Ski League and was involved in various leadership roles on the Board of the YMCA of Lawrence. He was also a long-time member of the Haverhill Country Club and spent most of his life pursuing that elusive hole-in-one.

Bill leaves his wife of 26 years, Pamela Corcoran; a daughter, Brandy Corcoran Carlson, and her husband, Paul; a stepson, Peter LaConte, and his wife, Christine; four grandchildren: Henry Carlson, Renee Carlson, Emily Carlson, and Jack Carlson; and two step-grandchildren: Kendall LaConte and Nicholas LaConte. He was predeceased by his son, Derrick, in 1990.

A Funeral Mass was held on Monday, October 7, 2013, and interment followed at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salem Dollars for Scholars P.O. BOX 297, Salem, NH 03079 in the name of the Derrick W. Corcoran Scholarship Fund.


James Edward Fewer

James Edward Fewer (Jimmy), 64, of Deerfield Dr., passed away suddenly in the early morning hours of May 28, 2009. Born in Plainfield, N.J. on Nov. 24, 1944, to Walter and Marion (Decker) Fewer, Jimmy resided in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. from November through April most winters, and enjoyed summers at his lake house on Malletts Bay in Colchester.

As a youth in Plainfield N.J., Jimmy became an Eagle Scout in 1958 and was always active in many sports. A talented runner, he lettered in cross-country running and track and field, excelling in long distance running under legendary coach Marshall Brown. After graduating from Plainfield High School in 1962, he attended Norwich University in Northfield and graduated from there in 1966. Jimmy was his class' alumni president for several years in the 90s.

Jim married Bonnie Pepin of Barre in 1966. They had two children, Jaimes and Jason, and resided in Montpelier on Robinhood Circle. After working as a claims adjuster for Green Mountain Insurance Co. and Ambassador Insurance, Co., Jim became an agent for Nationwide Ins. Co. in 1973, which he continued to operate as Central Vermont Agency in Montpelier until his passing. Jim's straight-forward, honest approach as well as his humorous nature will be missed by many of his clients.
 
An avid tennis player, he won trophies at many amateur events. Jim enjoyed hiking, cross-country skiing, and painting. He loved to go sliding or swimming with his family and will always be remembered for his wonderful smile and quirky sense of humor. Jimmy loved his friends very much and spent many sunny days with them navigating around Lake Champlain in one of his many boats. In recent years, he always came home to Vermont to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with his children and grandchildren, the pride and joys of his life. Jimmy always made sure to enjoy life to its fullest and will be missed greatly.

Jim is survived by son Jaimes L. Fewer, his wife, Jody (Adams) Fewer, and their children Spencer, Camryn and Julia Fewer, all of Barre Town; son Jason C. Fewer and his son Cyrias Fewer of Barre; sister Sally (Fewer) Stover and her husband Tom Stover of Washington, N.J., their children Tommy Stover (wife Nicole) and Sarah Stover. Jim is also survived by his fiancée, Lolita Timcang, and her daughter Renalyn, whom Jim adored and was going to legally adopt after the wedding, which was scheduled for June 27.

His funeral will be held Friday, June 5, 2009, at 2 p.m. in the New Life Worship Center on Trow Hill, Barre. Friends may call at the Hooker Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre on Thursday from 6 - 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Central VT Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Rd., Barre, VT 05641. 


Gren Holden Fleming

Gren Holden Fleming, 67, of Roswell, GA, passed away on March 9, 2010 after a long, hard-fought battle with heart disease. 

He was born in Steubenville, OH to the late Joseph Edward Fleming and Virginia Snyder Fleming on August 22nd, 1942.  Gren was a graduate of Norwich in 1966 where he played on both the football and ice hockey teams.  Upon graduating from Norwich, Gren served as a captain in the United States Army for three years, which included a tour in Vietnam. His first post-college military assignment was at Fort Knox in Kentucky where he met his future beloved wife, Diane Bradley.

Gren owned an insurance brokerage firm in Atlanta for over thirty years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing golf, playing cards and spending time with his five grandchildren. Gren is survived by his wife of 42 years, Diane Fleming; his son, Patrick Drew Fleming, and his wife, Kara; his daughter, Dana Fleming Ross, and her husband, Butch; and five grandchildren, Kelsey Fleming, Charlie Fleming, Lillie Fleming, Allie Ross and Holden Ross.  He is also survived by two sisters, Tanya Keller and Cheryl Luchene.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph's Mercy Foundation to be contributed to the Heart Failure Clinic in honor of Gren H. Fleming, 5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30342.


Theo "Greg" Georgelos

Theo "Greg" Georgelos, 62, of Clifton Park, N.Y., died May 29, 2007. Greg was born in Kew Gardens, NYC on September 8, 1944, the son of Theodore and Elizabeth E. Georgelos. He married Eliana D. D'Jimas on June 20, 1971. During his time at Norwich, he was a member of the Junior Weekend Committee, Newman Club, Outing Club, Winter Carnival Committee, Intramurals, Drill Team, and the Football Team. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army. He also received an M.A. degree in counseling and pupil personal services, SUNY Albany and an M.A. degree in educational administration, SUNY Albany.

A lifelong educator, Greg spent the majority of his career within the Shenendehowa school district as a guidance counselor, director of guidance and director of pupil personal services. In 1988, he was awarded the Supervisor of the Year Award from the State Association for Counseling and Development. In addition to his tenure at Shenendehowa, he also served as assistant principal at Amsterdam High School, and principal at Corinth High School. Greg spent two years in the Army in Baumholder, West Germany. During that time, he served in the Eighth Infantry Division and was assigned to the Second Brigade as an S-2 intelligence officer.

Greg was a member of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church and has served as its parish council's acting treasurer, vice president, council president and pledge committee chairman. He was also a member of the School Administrators Association of New York (SAANYS) and the Gowana Retiree's Association.

Theo is survived by his mother, Elizabeth E. Georgelos, Rexford, N.Y.; spouse, Eliana D. Georgelos; son, Theodore D. Georgelos, Denver, Colo.; daughter, Elisa E. Rose and husband Robert, Southwick, Mass.; grand-daughter, Madison Olivia Rose; and his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Theodore and two brothers, James and Harry.


Frank R. Grappone

Frank Robert Grappone a Vermont native, currently residing in Jackson, passed away on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at the age of 70 years. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Brenda; three children, Michelle (Rich) Savicki, Todd (Jennifer) Grappone and Margaret (Joseph) Stengel; seven grandchildren, Victoria, Drew, Bennett, Enzo, P.J., Jovianne and Miles.

Frank graduated from Norwich University in 1966 then served at a Captain, with distinction, in the 101st Airborne in the Vietnam War and was discharged with two Bronze Stars and two Letters of Commendation. He went on to a successful business career until his retirement in 2006. Frank was an avid fly fisherman, hunter, golfer and was an active member of The Original Pennsylvania 1000 Yard Benchrest Club where he won several marksmanship awards.

The family will receive friends at the Desnoyer Funeral Home on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 11:00 AM until 12:00 Noon when a memorial service will be held 12:00 Noon with Reverend Kerry Snyder officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trout Unlimited, Vietnam Veterans of America or Allegiance Hospice Home.


Lester T. Johnston

Lester “Les” Thomas Johnston, 70, of Savannah, Georgia and husband of Gaetana “Gaye” Stabile Johnston, died peacefully Tuesday morning, January 28, 2014, at his home with his wife of 52 years at his side.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was a son of the late Harry Johnston and the late Florence Thompson. Les was a communicant of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. He was a graduate of Norwich University. Les was a United States Army veteran where he served as a Captain in the Signal Corp and received the Bronze Star. He retired from Backus Cadillac-Pontiac as service manager after 25 years of service. Les was a true gentleman, good husband, good father, and a good man.

Surviving are his wife, Gaetana, their children, Jackie and Randy Ellett, Bridgette and Donald Ruch, Maria and Tru Twedt, Lester and Amy Johnston, and ten grandchildren, Melanie, Brianna, Amy, Matthew, Madalyn, Andrea, Lester III, Carter, Catherine and Davis.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 7 o’clock Thursday evening at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church with a Rosary service being held at 7 o’clock.

The Mass of Christian Burial, with military honors, will be held at 12 noon Friday at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church conducted by The Reverend Gabriel Cummings. Interment will be private.

Remembrances: St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church – 11500 Middleground Road, Savannah, Georgia 31419 or Compassionate Care Hospice – Suite 304, 138 Canal Street, Pooler, Georgia 31322.



William E. Mahar

William E. Mahar, 62, of Lewiston, Maine, died on November 13, 2006. Bill died after a courageous fight with a lengthy illness. He had resided at 1 Fortier Road, Lewiston since 1969. He was born in Lewiston, on March 2, 1944, the son of Harry V. and M. Alyce Cullen Mahar.

In his youth, he resided at the Poland Spring Resort and later moved to Lewiston. He spent several summers at the resort in Caddie Camp. He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1962. During his time at Norwich, he was a member of Mountain & Cold Weather, Intramurals, Hockey Team, Newman Club, and the Junior Weekend Committee.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict as a commissioned officer at Ft. Knox, Ky. From 1966 to 1969, he served as a tactical officer and was later assigned to an armor division. After his service to his country, he was a salesman for Carnation Foods, was an insurance agent for White and Harris Insurance and then for Whitmore Insurance, and retired from the state of Maine as a field advisor/auditor in 2004.

In 1967, he married the former Nancy Baron of Auburn. He was very proud of his son, Patrick, and enjoyed watching him play hockey and grow into a fine young man. In earlier years, he liked to hunt, fish and ski. His passion though was golf, which he missed during his illness. In addition he planned and accomplished a multitude of projects, was a voracious reader, and an avid fan of M*A*S*H* reruns. He was particularly proud of the cottage he built in Mount Vernon, where he enjoyed many summers, especially when surrounded by his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, and friend with a quiet sense of humor. He was a past member of IMANE, a longtime member of the Lewiston Lodge of Elks 371, where he served as treasurer, a member of several golf leagues,and a member of the Maine Association of Retirees.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; son, Patrick, and his wife, Suzanne; sisters, Margaret (Peg) Steck, and her husband, Charlie, Carol White, and her husband, Joe, Alyce St. Pierre. and her husband. Ted. and Susan Eads; one brother, Harry Mahar, and his wife, Mona; granddaughters, Sage and Nora Mahar; step-granddaughter, Andrea DeCaro; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents.


Richard D. Malatesta

Richard D. Malatesta, 64, of Medford, Mass., died on Janary 26, 2007. Born in Boston to the late Isador and Louise Malatesta, he was raised and spent his first 20 years in Arlington, then Winchester for 40 years before moving to Medford 4 years ago. He was a graduate of Brewster Academy and Norwich University. During his time at Norwich, he was a member of the Junior Weekend Committee, football team, wrestling, and intramurals.

He owned Chase Medical in Medford. Richard was also a veteran, having served as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam Era.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Susan (Abbott) Malatesta; a son Matthew D. Malatesta; a daughter, Rebecca C. Horrigan; 2 grandchildren, Julia & Owen; and 2 brothers, Phillip and Paul Malatesta.


Robert E. Milbier

Robert E. Milbier, 65, of Chatham, MA, died peacefully on July 5, 2008, at his home after a long battle with cancer. He had his family at his side; it was his wish, which thankfully was allowed to happen.

Bob Milbier was born in Springfield to Eugene and Mary (Joseph) Milbier in 1943. He graduated from Monson Academy in Monson and then Norwich in 1966. He held strong ties with both, and gave back as much as he could over the years through raising contributions for the betterment of the schools. He received a commission in the Army from Norwich and served two years, spending one year in Korea.

After leaving the Army, he entered into the field of education, first as a history and English teacher and later as an assistant principal at Nauset Regional High School. Bob also coached both hockey and baseball during his career, and was an avid fan of the Boston Bruins and the Red Sox. He retired in 2005, but still remained close to the school and all the staff and students.

He was the husband of Judith (Metz) Milbier for 40 years. Bob and Judy honeymooned in Dennisport in 1968 and, like so many first-time visitors, thought it would be a wonderful place to live and raise a family. In 1972, shortly after the birth of their son, he was offered a teaching job at Nauset Regional High School, and they jumped at the chance to live on the Cape.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his No. 1 son, Robert Jr., his wife, Nicole, and first and beautiful granddaughter Arabella; a mother-in-law, Alberta Metz; a sister, Joyce Silverman; a nephew, Bill Enko; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He also served as a year-round special police officer for the Harwich Police Department for many years, once again serving his community in many ways. Bob Milbier was an outgoing, fun-loving man, and was dedicated to helping his students and others in any way that he could. He was the kind of man whom you would love to be around, and he loved to be around you just as much.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory may be made to the Davenport-Mugar Cancer Center, c/o Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 370, Hyannis, MA 02601.


James B. "Brad" Payne

James B. "Brad " Payne, age 68, of Brunswick, Maine, passed away March 26,2012, at the VA Medical Center with his children by his side.

Brad was born in Lewiston, Maine, on August 13, 1943, to John D. and Irene (Vincent) Payne. He was educated in local schools and, following high school, he attended and graduated from Norwich University in 1966 with a degree in economics. While at Norwich, Brad was a member of the Newman Club, Outing Club, and Pegasus Players.

Brad was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served his country in the 79th Transportation Company during the Vietnam War. He was a longtime Lewiston-Auburn businessman, as he owned and operated Payne Insurance Agency for many years. Following his retirement, Brad graduated from the Down East School of Massage and opened his own business, Brunswick Therapeutic Massage.

Over the years, Brad enjoyed taking road trips and fishing, which included chartering tuna boats. He was also a member of a number of organizations and groups, including The National Board of Youth Hockey. During his retirement, he engaged his free time playing casino slots, attending his Wednesday night VA "men's" group, spending time at the coast, and traveling to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to be with his longtime friend and very special companion, Loraine Snapp. Brad was a loving father who was well known for his sense of humor, quick wit, sarcasm, love of fine food, and generosity. All of these qualities will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He leaves his son, John Payne; his daughter, Shannon Labbe, and her husband, Michael; four grandchildren: Kailey Payne, Megen Poulin, Thomas Labbe, and Lauren Labbe; his longtime companion, Loraine Snapp; and nephews Douglas Payne and Dwight Payne.


John D. Shepard

John D. "Skip" Shepard, 70, of Norfolk, Va., died peacefully July 4, 2013, surrounded by loved ones. Born on June 11, 1943, in Burlington, Vt., Skip was a championship skier/ski jumper during high school and college. Skip graduated from Norwich University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts in government. While at Norwich, he was a member of the Varsity Club, the Glee Club, the Outing Club, the Guidon staff, president of the Council on International Affairs, Varsity Track, and the Ski Team, serving as Co-Captain his senior year. Upon graduation, Skip served in the Army, followed by a career in mortgage banking in Richmond and Virginia Beach. Skip had been a Project Manager for AMC for the last 10 years.

Skip's passion was photography. In a few short years, he acquired an eye and a technical expertise that many accomplished photographers take a lifetime to develop. His passion focused on coastal, maritime, and landscape photography of his native Vermont and his adopted home, Virginia. Skip was a member of Hampton Roads Digital Shutterbug Club and a former member of the Va. Beach Photography Club. Skip was selected for juried shows at Norfolk Collegiate (2010), Norfolk Academy (2009 and 2010), and displayed his work in a solo show in 2010 at Virginia Beach Central Library.

Skip is survived by his dear friends: Henry and Frances Richardson, Mike and Debbie Hillier, Lorna Donatone, Betsy Hardy, and Rufus Parks and many others. Skip cherished his photography buddies: Flo Womacks and Pam Jenkins and their Tangier jaunts. Skip was extremely grateful for the compassion of Bruce and Marie Exum and all of the AMC employees, as well as Dr. Carla Acra, Dr. Paul Conkling, Gabrielle Whalen and the staff of Virginia Oncology Associates. Skip loved and was loved by all the friends of Bill W., where he gave of himself selflessly. He was predeceased by his parents and sister.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 22, at Norfolk Botanical Garden, Rose Garden. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Skip's name may be made to Lung Cancer Alliance, P.O. Box 418372, Boston, MA 02241 or a charity of your choice.


George Rockwell Underhill

George Rockwell Underhill of Boca Raton, Fla., passed away at North Forsythe Hospital in Cumming, Ga., on May 30, 2012. He was 67 years old.

George attended Thomas Edison High School in Elmira, N.Y. In 1966 he received his bachelor of science in civil engineering from Norwich University. While at Norwich, George was a member of the Guidon staff, the Junior Weekend and Winter Carnival committees, the golf club, and Mountain Cold Weather. He was also a member of the 1819 Circle and the Partridge Society.

After graduating from Norwich, he received his masters of science degree in structural engineering from West Virginia University. George was an accomplished structural engineer who held a patent for salt storage and a patent for soundwalls. He was licensed in 44 states and Canada. He will be missed for his smile, laughter, and dedication to his family and work.

George was the son of Alpheus and Claribel Underhill of Elmira, NY, and brother of Georgiana Underhill Gehret of Boca Raton, FL.

George is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lucia; his children: Alexandra Underhill, Josephine Underhill D’Arcangelo, Alpheus Underhill, and Victoria Underhill Abbott; his grandchildren: Liliana and Titus D’Arcangelo, and Carson and Penelope Abbott.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in George’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. A private family memorial will be handled by Byars Funeral Home of Cumming, GA. Condolences may be left online at http://www.byarsfuneralhome.com/.


Robert John Ventura

Robert John Ventura, 62, of Taylors, SC, passed away September 30, 2006. Robert was born July 19, 1944, in Westerly, R.I., to John and Elizabeth G. Ventura. During his time at Norwich, he was a member of the Junior Weekend Committee, Mountain and Cold Weather, Newman Club, Outing Club, and the Winter Carnival Committee. Robert graduated from Norwich University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering.

Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was a senior project manager for John J. Kirlin Mechanical Contractors of Raleigh.

He is survived by his wife, Rose J. Ventura; four children, R.J. Ventura, Christina V. Smith and husband Keenan, Greg Ventura and Debra Ventura; three grandchildren, Margaret, Luke and Gracie Smith; and a brother, Joseph Ventura and wife Beverly. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and a brother.


Evan "Buzz" Buzby Whitacre, Jr.

Evan "Buzz" Buzby Whitacre, Jr., 64, of Queensbury, N.Y., died unexpectedly April 8, 2007. Evan was born December 21, 1942, in Rome, N.Y., he was the son of the late Evan Buzby Whitacre, Sr. and Egrynwen (Richards) Whitacre of Warrensburg. Buzz grew up in Warrensburg and was a graduate of Warrensburg Central School. He was active in high school sports and particularly loved playing football and was also active in the Boy Scouts.

During his time at Norwich, Buzz was a member of Mountain & Cold Weather, the Outing Club, the Ski Team, Junior Weekend Committee, and the Winter Carnival Committee. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and went on to obtain a Masters Degree in accounting at Siena College. After completion of college, he served in the U.S. Army Armored Division as a 1st Lieutenant stationed in Amberg, Germany.

Buzz was the General Manager of the Faculty Student Association at Adirondack Community College for the past 12 years. Over the years he worked as an accountant with the ARC in Port Henry, Northern Homes, Sheridan Catheter, and Mallinckrodt.

Buzz was a communicant and Board member of the First Presbyterian Church in Warrensburg for many years and then a communicant of the First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls.

Buzz was an avid lover of the outdoors. He loved to ski, camp, sail, kayak, boat, fish, and hike and passed these loves on to his children. He also enjoyed being a member of the ski patrol at several area mountains. He was always looking for an adventure and enjoyed traveling. He was ever eager to try a new hobby - woodworking, painting, photography, train collecting, and boat building to name a few. He was also an animal lover and enjoyed visiting botanical gardens throughout the world with a particular love for orchids. He was a proud and loving father and grandfather.

He is survived by his beloved long time companion, Patricia Berry of Queensbury; his sisters, Ann (Whitacre) Foster of Jacksonville, Fla.; and Margaret "Peggy" (Whitacre) Strutton and her husband, Dr. William Strutton, of Warrensburg; his daughter, Jennifer (Whitacre) Metivier and her husband, Robert Metivier, of Lake George, and his grandchildren: Wyatt, Rowan, and Brenna; his son, Evan Whitacre III and his wife, Lisa Whitacre, of Hicksville, N.Y., and his grandchildren, Teddy and Nicole; and several nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be sent to Patricia Berry at 3 Colonial Court, Queensbury, NY 12803.



   

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