Richard L. Keenan
FERRISBURGH — Richard L. Keenan, a Wellesley, Mass., resident for 50 years, and most recently at North Hill in Needham, Mass., and Ferrisburgh, Vt., died at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. on Sept. 1, 2008, at age 85.
Predeceased by his loving wife Barbara (Clarke) Keenan, they married on June 11, 1945, in San Antonio, Texas, where he was a surgical technician in the U.S. Army. Barbara, his wife of 58 years, was “my greatest supporter,” said Dick. “Whatever good occurred to me, she was responsible.”
He is survived by children Clarke Keenan, and his wife, Cathie, of Westwood, Mass., Jonathan Keenan, and his wife, Kathleen, of Monument Beach, Mass., and Bonnie Jane Conway of Export, Pa.; and loving granddaughters, Adrienne and Katie.
Both Dick and Barbara were graduates of Waltham High School in Waltham, Mass. Dick graduated from Norwich University in 1947 and became employed by Waltham Chemical Company, which he purchased in 1963, retiring in 1994.
In addition to his expanding pest control business, he found time to pursue other related interests. He held manager positions with his trade association, the National Pest Control Association. Also, he was elected to the board of Copesan Services Inc. Milwaukee, Wisc., and served as its president for four years. In 1980, he inaugurated CPS Insurance Company Ltd., Hamilton, Bermuda, and was its president for 16 years. CPS insures over 20 percent of the pest control industry in the United States.
In 1981 he was elected a trustee of Norwich University, Northfield, Vt., and served for 21 years. He was vice chairman of the board for the last six years of his tenure. He served with three university presidents.
A memorial service will be held Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 79 Denton Road, Wellesley, Mass. Friends and family are invited to attend a reception at the Wellesley College Club, 727 Washington St., Wellesley, Mass. immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Friends of Norwich University Library, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663.
Arrangements are under the direction of J.S. Waterman & Sons–Waring Funeral Service of Wellesley, Mass.
George Nathan Catchapaw
BRANDON — George Nathan Catchapaw, 74, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
He was born in Stowe on Aug. 15, 1934, the son of Ernest and Edith (Johnson) Catchapaw.
The family made their home in North Ferrisburgh, where he received his early education. They moved to Cornwall in 1953 where he worked the family farm. He enjoyed raising chickens and selling eggs.
He and his brother moved to Brandon in 2005. He was a volunteer for the Toys-for-Tots program. He competed in the Special Olympics in the scooter racing event. He enjoyed attending Inter Age in Brandon and Project Independence in Middlebury. He was noted for his sense of humor and his stand-up comic routines.
He is survived by his brother, Ernest Catchapaw Jr. of Brandon; his care providers Mary and Mike Jensen, with whom he made his home; his guardian Joan Stevens; his aunt Betty Johnson; and his extended family including several cousins.
The funeral service was held on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the First Congregational Church of Cornwall, the Rev. Dale Hindmarsh, pastor, officiating, with a graveside committal service and burial following in the family lot in Central Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Brandon Fire Dept., c/o Chief Robert Kilpeck, Franklin St., Brandon, VT 05733 or the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.