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1971 Obituaries

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Thomas J. Ambrose, 7/23/2015
Suzanne L. Barry (Vermont College), 4/22/2011
Gregory A. Craig, 10/1/1996
Robert E. Dakin PE, 1/14/2002
Stephen M. Davis, 1/7/2002
Samuel D. DeForest III, 6/23/1993
Alan H. Demel, 4/22/2011
Michael Dennett, 5/2/2009
Victor E. Gardner, 8/19/2006
David H. Gregg, 9/30/2011
Leroy W. Hasey, 6/1/2000
Albert L. Keenan, 9/5/2000
Stanley B. Longyear, III, 9/14/2005
Gregory McAllan, 60, 11/19/2009
Frederick R. Meyer, 11/23/1990
LTC Francis A. Quander Jr., USA (Ret.), 3/21/1999
Paul H. Ricciardeeli, 2/1/1984
Ronald J. Seay, 10/18/2002
Alan T. Stahl, 12/30/2001
Jack Stricos, 11/17/2008
James "Tripp" Sutherland, III, 6/16/2012
Buce P. Tobin, 11/10/2014
Richard L. Trombly, 5/30/2006
Gary L. Vitty, 9/17/2015
Richard F. Warner, 8/23/2001

Thomas J. Ambrose

Thomas J. Ambrose, 65, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, March 15, 2015, at his home in Bristol.

He was born May 10, 1949, in Windsor, the son of Harrison and Jocie (Johnson) Ambrose. He enjoyed history and military books, politics, and motorcycles. He was proud to work and own his business, Ambrose Welding and Machine Shop.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Judy Ambrose; four children, Shawn, Tim, Jenny, and Jill Ambrose; brother, Ed Ambrose; and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol in the spring.

Suzanne L. Barry

Suzanne Linda Barry, born April 10, 1951, in Bridgeport, CT, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior, on July 23, 2015, after years of bravely and courageously fighting cancer.

She was the youngest child and only daughter of the late, Arthur Barry and Annie (Nancy) McMurray Barry. She leaves her beloved sons, the lights and absolute joy of her life, Michael Richard Shaw, and his wife, Jamie Shaw, of York, PA, and Brian Arthur Shaw, of Oxford, CT to cherish her memory, as well as her beloved and cherished grandson, Evan Michael Shaw, of York, PA. She is also survived by her brother, John Barry, and his wife, Wendelyn, of Califon, NJ; and sisters-in-law, Patricia Barry, of Mashpee, MA and Kathleen Shaw, of Bantam, CT. Suzanne was predeceased by her beloved brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Jacquelyn Barry. Upon their deaths, her niece and nephew, Shana Michele Barry, of Fairfield, CA and Kyle Richard Barry, of Brooklyn, NY became part of her family. She always said it was the most wonderful blessing and loved them as her own. Also left to cherish her memory, are her nieces, Wendy Barry Foley (John), of South Boston, MA; Johnna Marie Barry, of South Boston, MA; her great nephew, Quinn Richard Foley; and great-niece, Scarlett Elizabeth Foley, of South Boston, MA. Suzanne was also stepmother to her beloved twins, Kellie Shaw Despotakis (Nicholas) of Loveland, OH and Linda Shaw, of Trumbull; step-nana, to John, Kailyn, and Alexandria Despotakis, of Loveland, OH. She also leaves behind nieces, Jessica Shaw Petriosanti, Kimberly Shaw Zywno, and Courtney Shaw, of Litchfield, CT, and her companion, Kitty Kat Lily. Suzanne leaves her aunt, Mrs. Jane Perks, of Sydney, Australia; as well as many cousins and family members in Australia and New Zealand. Also, her lifelong best friend, Cecelia Weiner Augustine, of Manassas, VA.

Suzanne grew up in Trumbull, CT, graduating from Trumbull High School in 1969. She then went on to receive an A.A. Degree from Vermont College and a B.A. and M.A. from Fairfield University. She was lifelong member of Long Hill United Methodist Church and over the years was a Sunday school teacher, member of the Staff-Parish relations committee, as well as the functions that went with being part of a wonderful church family. Suzanne was also a member of the Healing Prayer Team of Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, in Ridgefield, CT. Suzanne was very active during her sons' school years as a member of the Jane Ryan School PTA Executive Board as well as serving as PTA Co-President for three years. Suzanne was also an Independent Beauty Consultant for over 20 years with Mary Kay Cosmetics and loved meeting new people and each customer became a friend. Most recently, Suzanne was employed by Ceruzzi Properties of Fairfield for over 18 years. Suzanne was a joyful, positive person who loved life. She was extremely proud of being a first generation American and reveled in both her Irish and Hungarian roots. She carried down traditions from both cultures and passed them onto Michael and Brian. As a very young girl, Suzanne learned her strong work ethic from her parents, as all the family worked in their business, Art-Lou Trucking, Inc. Along with her brothers, Suzanne learned every aspect of the business and carried those lessons with her all through her life. She was at her happiest when her house was filled with people, food, laughter and love. We will remember her for how much she loved people. Her love for others was unconditional and unselfish. She gave up her time and resources to others because she said it was what we are meant to do. Suzanne was the ultimate caregiver, who just took life as it came and never complained. She had the beautiful gift of putting everyone at ease and making them laugh. Suzanne loved to travel and did so extensively after college. She traveled throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand and was a lifelong avid reader. She was a member of several book clubs. She also loved to dance and spend time in her garden. She could always be found in her easy chair with a book and her cats curled up with her. As she faced each trial and challenge in her life, especially in fighting cancer, she conquered each obstacle with grace, dignity, and joy in the Lord. She always found a way to laugh, even during the darkest times. She cherished her memory by doing a kind deed for someone. We are sure she will see it. Spread the good news of her best friend, Jesus. That would make her happy.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 3-7 PM in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, in Fairfield Center. A Memorial Mass will take place on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Long Hill United Methodist Church, 6358 Main Street, Trumbull, CT 06611. All other services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Charitable donations in Suzanne's memory may be made to Long Hill United Methodist Church or the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, 1088 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605.

Alan H. Demel

Alan H. Demel, 62, of Williamsport, PA, died on Friday, April 22, 2011, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Alan was born on May 16, 1948, in Elizabeth, N.J. and was the son of the late David Demel and Helen (Wolf) Demel Margolis. He had graduated in 1966 from Williamsport High School, and then received his bachelor of arts from Norwich University. On Nov. 26, 1977, he married the former Jeri A. (Goldfeder) who survives him. The Demels celebrated 33 years of marriage.

He had worked at Mid Penn Magazine Agency and Keystone Advertising Specialties. Alan was a member of Congregation Ohev Sholom. He was a past board member and past president Ohev Sholom, Williamsport Country Club, National Council of Christians and Jews, and Williamsport Rotary. He was a past president of the Williamsport Chapter of B'nai Brith, and Williamsport Federation of Jewish Charities. Alan was a 32nd degree Mason in Burlington, Vermont as well as a member of the DeWitt Clinton Lodge 15 in Northfield, Vermont. For the past 22 years, he was the chairman of the Dinner of Champions, for the purpose of raising money for local charities. He was also a vice president and treasurer of the Atlantic Coast Independent Distributors Association.

In addition to his wife, Jeri, Alan is survived by two daughters, Dr. Stacie L. Demel and Julie M. Demel, both of Pittsburgh, PA, and one sister and brother-in-law, Arlene and Martin Wolf of Deerfield Beach, FL.

The funeral service was held 1 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2011, at the Allen & Redmond Funeral Home, 331 Elmira St., Williamsport with his spiritual leader Rabbi Shaul Rappeport officiating. Burial followed in Ohev Sholom Cemetery.

In keeping with Jewish tradition, there was no viewing or flowers.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Williamsport Rotary Dinner of Champions, c/o Barbara Wascher, 1905 Mill Lane, Williamsport, PA 17701 or to the Williamsport Federation of Jewish Charities, c/o Marvin Hurwitz, 1000 Dawne Drive, Williamsport, PA 17701. Send condolences at

Michael Dennett

Michael Dennett, 59, of Federal Way, WA, passed away on May 2, 2009 following a battle with leukemia. He was a 1971 graduate of Norwich, a former Army captain, a paratrooper, and a Ranger. Since 1993, Mike was the sales manager at Whitney Equipment Company in Washington State, which supplies specialty equipment to government outlets.

Within the other world he inhabited, that of paranormal skepticism, Mike had been an amateur investigative writer for over twenty-five years. His first feature length article was published in the Skeptical Inquirer in 1981. Early on he was involved with the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, and later, with their name change, became a Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Scientific and Technical Consultant.

In the beginning, Mike was a debunker of various unexplained matters. One of his first articles published in the fall of 1985, in Skeptical Inquirer, 10, pp. 36-40, was entitled "Firewalking: Reality or Illusion."

In the Joe Nickell-edited book, Psychic Sleuths (NY: Prometheus Books, 1994), Mike contributed two chapters, "America's Most Famous Psychic Sleuth: Dorothy Allison," and "A Reticent Psychic Sleuth: Rosemarie Kerr." Mike's articles, on subjects ranging from the Bermuda Triangle to UFOs, landed him thirteen early television interviews, including on NBC's "Good Morning America" program. After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1982, Mike began to debunk Bigfoot. He described himself has having "followed the legend of Bigfoot for more than a quarter of a century."

He researched and wrote the cover story for the spring 1989 issue of the Skeptical Inquirer, about claims made in Newsweek Magazine of evidence for Bigfoot. He also wrote some items for OMNI Magazine. Mike grew to mostly be known for his Bigfoot-related articles, such as "Abominable Snowman Photo Comes to Rocky End," in Skeptical Inquirer 13, or "Evidence of Bigfoot? An Investigation of the Mill Creek 'Sasquatch Prints'," which was republished in The Outer Edge: Classic Investigations of the Paranormal (1996), edited by Joe Nickell, Barry Karr, and Tom Genoni.

Two of Mike's writings from which he is sometimes quoted are "Bigfoot Evidence: Are These Tracks Real?", Skeptical Inquirer, Fall 1994, pp. 498-508, and "Bigfoot," by Michael R. Dennett, in Encyclopedia of the Paranormal, edited by Gordon Stein, (NY: Prometheus, 1996), pp.117-125.

Mike is survived by his wife, Lois. They had no children.

David H. Gregg

David H. Gregg, 63, of Randolph, died Friday, September 30, 2011, at his home.

He was born July 1, 1948, in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of David H. and Eleanor (Stevens) Gregg. He was raised in Northfield where he graduated from Northfield High School in 1966. He graduated from Norwich University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and History, and received his Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in 1974. David was a captain in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves, having served at Fort Ben Harrison in Indiana. David married Susan Leonard, also of Northfield, in 1971.

After completing his law degree in Boston, David moved to the Randolph area and became a partner in the law firm of Case & Gregg in Bethel. He served as a vice president and general counsel at Randolph National Bank, a partner at the law firm of Miller, Tonnelli and Gregg in Randolph, and chief executive officer of Gifford Medical Center. After retirement in 2000, he resided a few years in Punta Gorda, Florida, before returning to Randolph.

He was known for providing pro bono legal work to those in need, was actively involved in community service and once ran for Orange County probate judge. He had been a member of Randolph Rotary Club and Montague Golf Club, and had served as chair of the Randolph Select Board and Randolph Board of Trustees and the Randolph Planning Commission. David was past president of the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, a trustee for Chandler Music Hall and The Visiting Nurses Alliance of Vermont and New Hampshire, and had been director and president of the Randolph Neighborhood Housing Services Inc. He was a member of the Norwich University Board of Fellows. David had coached soccer and wrestling, and enjoyed golfing, skiing, racquetball, basketball and football.

Survivors include his son, Justin Gregg and his wife Ranke deVries of Helmond, The Netherlands; granddaughter, Mila Gregg; brother, Peter Gregg and his wife Sandra of Cavendish; and his ex-wife, Susan Gregg of Randolph.

Stanley B. Longyear, III

Stanley B. Longyear, III, 56, of Woodstock, N.Y., passed away on September 14, 2005 due to injuries sustained at the wheel of a vehicle. The vehicle lost traction on a steep gravel road on the way back from a 10-day hunting trip, while Stan was serving as a guide.

During his time at Norwich, Stan was a member of the Junior Weekend Committee, Intramural sports, Tau Beta Pi, Epsilon Tau Sigma, and IEEE. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine Longyear; his children, Stanley and Matthew Longyear; his daughter-in-law, Heather Longyear; his mother, Marian Longyear; and his sister, Judith Toerner. He was predeceased by his father, Stanley B. Longyear, Jr.

Jack Stricos

Jack Stricos, 59, of Schenectady, NY, passed away on November 17, 2008. He was surrounded by family and classmates. There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, November 22, 2008, at the Miles Funeral Home in Holden, MA. The address is 1158 Main Street, Holden, MA, 01520. A time of gathering will be from 1-2PM with the service beginning at 2PM. At the convenience of the family, a graveside service will be held in Albany, NY. Time and date will be announced at a later date.

Jack grew up in Albany, NY and attended Albany High School. He then received a bachelor's in Civil Engineering from Norwich and a master's in Business Administration from SUNY Albany. While at Norwich he received the Engineer of the Year Award. He was a member of the Drill Team and Mountain Cold Weather. He was Regimental Sergeant Major and Regimental XO. He was also a member of the Honor Committee, Outing Club, and the engineering honor societies Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi.

He is survived by two sons, Andrew and Matthew, and a brother, Bob Stricos and his wife, Nancy.

If you would like to make a gift in Jack's memory, please visit Please specify that the gift is for the Class of 1971 Scholarship in memory of Jack Stricos. You may also send donations in memory of Jack to: Norwich University, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT, 05663. Again, please specify that the donation is for the Class of 1971 in memory of Jack.

James "Tripp" Sutherland, III

James "Tripp" Sutherland, III, 63, of Vernon, Conn., loving husband of 41 years to Candace (Thompson) Sutherland, passed away at home with his family by his side on Saturday, June 16, 2012 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born in Providence, R.I., the son of James Jr. and Marie (Cahoon) Sutherland of Brewster, Mass. He grew up in Beverly, Mass., and moved to Vernon over 32 years ago. His home away from home was Brewster on Cape Cod. He graduated from Beverly High School in 1967 and from Norwich University in 1971.

Tripp served in the U. S. Army Reserves from 1971-1975. He was a physical education teacher before becoming self-employed as a home improvement contractor. Tripp was a member of St. Bernard Church in Rockville. He was active with Norwich University Alumni and Blue Line Club. Though he loved all sports, Boston teams in particular, Tripp's passion was playing and coaching hockey. He enjoyed spending quality time with his many wonderful friends.

Tripp was a family man affectionately known as "Papa" by his nine grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, Tripp is survived by his son Corey and his wife, Bridget, and their children: Ross, Samuel Tripp, and twins Weston and Maxwell; his daughter, Kerry Visone, and her husband, Jeremy, and their children: Austun James, Karly, and Courtney; and his son James, IV and his wife, Dawn-Marie, and their children: Adeline and Quinn James. He is also survived by two brothers, John Sutherland and J. Michael Sutherland; four sisters: Jeanne Michael, Joan Sutherland, Judith Sutherland, and Janet Rallo and her husband, Paul; nine nieces and nephews; and nine great-nieces and great-nephews.

Calling hours are Thursday, June 21, 2012, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road, Vernon, Conn., 06095. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, June 22, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Bernard Church in Rockville, Conn. A private burial will be held on Cape Cod. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or at

Bruce P. Tobin

Bruce Paul Tobin of Santa Fe, NM passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on Thursday, November 10, 2014.

Bruce is survived by his loving wife, Karen; his son, Ryan Tobin of NJ; his daughter, Ilana Coopersmith of Princeton, NJ; and his brother, Ross Tobin of Tennessee.

Bruce was a Lt. in the U.S. Army. He graduated from Norwich University in Vermont. Bruce was the Senior Project Manager at Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and Morgan Stanley. Bruce had a generosity of spirit that enriched the lives of all those he touched. He was a superb athlete who shared his joy and knowledge of pickleball and racquetball with the Greater NM Community and the Wounded Warrior Project. Bruce was a perennial multiple medal winner at the New Mexico Senior Olympics. Bruce will be tremendously missed by all he loved and all who loved him.

A Service will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Chabad of Santa Fe, 509 Camino de Los Marques at 11 a.m., with burial to follow at Santa Fe Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Wounded Warrior Project at, or to Chabad of Santa Fe.

Gary L. Vitty

Gary L. Vitty, age 66, of Scituate, passed away on Sept. 17, 2015, after a long illness.

Beloved son of the late Theodore and Alice Vitty, Mr. Vitty was born in Stockbridge and graduated from Norwich University with a degree in Government in 1971. He entered the U.S. Army and served in the 1542 Infantry as the commanding officer. He retired from the U.S. Army after over three decades of service and received numerous medals and awards, including the National Defense Service Medal. He was also retired from the Teamsters as an iron worker and was active in the Scituate American Legion. Gary is survived by his stepdaughter, Shannon Sullivan; and two grandchildren, Adrianna and Malachy Carr.

Funeral Mass Thursday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Nativity Church, 1 Kent St., Scituate. Visiting hours Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 5-8 p.m. in McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home, 30 Central St. (off Rte. 123, near State Police Barracks), Norwell Center. Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Gary may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. br />


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