David A. Kilty
BURLINGTON — David A. Kilty, 50, formerly of Middlebury, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Health Care.
Born in Endicott, N.Y., on Nov. 4, 1958, he was the son of Paul and Virginia (Moore) Kilty.
He was a self-employed entrepreneur. He enjoyed reading, had a great thirst for knowledge, and enjoyed life.
He graduated from Vermont Community College in 2005 with an Associates of Arts.
He is survived by his father, Paul Kilty of Honolulu, Hawaii; a sister, Anne Gill of Carson City, Nev.; and three nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother, Virginia Moore Kilty, in 2001.
Friends may call Friday, Dec. 5, 1-2 p.m., at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home, 117 South Main St., Middlebury, where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Jonathan New officiating. Burial will follow at the Case Street Cemetery in Middlebury.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.sandersonfuneralservice.com.
Joseph Minott Kerr
FERRISBURGH — Joseph Minott Kerr, 79, died at his lakeside home in Ferrisburgh on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, after a ten-year struggle with Parkinson’s disease.
Born in New York City on June 24, 1929, to John and Margaret (Minott) Kerr, he was raised in St. James, Long Island, N.Y., and attended Emerson School and Exeter Academy. He received a degree in business administration from Northwestern University. During the Korean War he taught arctic survival to aircraft pilots and crews in California’s High Sierras for the U.S. Air Force.
His diverse professional career ranged from dealing with longshoremen in labor negotiations for General Foods in Hoboken, N.J., to working as a consultant with New York City’s Booze Allen Hamilton until 1965.
In the mid ‘60s, he and his wife, Mary, and three sons moved from Mendham, N.J., to Fayston, seeking a rural lifestyle closer to nature.
His love of, and work in, Vermont were highlighted by three years in the Governor Deane C. Davis administration. As the state’s secretary of civil and military affairs, he assisted in writing landmark legislation that resulted in helping to preserve Vermont in its highly pristine state. Among these efforts were Act 250, a billboard ban and a bottle deposit requirement. He also served as commissioner of employment security during Governor Richard Snelling’s administration before returning to the private sector in 1980.
Between administrations, he organized the original Vermont Community Foundation under the auspices of the McConnell/Clark Foundation that also took him to Quebec’s eastern shore to work with local native tribes.
He retired from B.F. Goodrich in 1998 after 18 years as an executive with the human resources and training departments. His work as an active liaison with local community projects for B.F. Goodrich were some of his most memorable years. He served as Addison County United Way president, and chairman of the Bixby Library board of trustees. He was particularly proud of working with architect Martin Tierney to restore the Bixby building including the stained glass atrium. He also served on the Elderly Services Board in Middlebury.
His love of the out-of-doors took him and his wife all over the world from their home on Lake Champlain to Washington State’s San Juans, Chesapeake Bay, Virgin Islands and the coast of Turkey for sailing; and to ski in the French, Italian, Austrian and Swiss Alps. A member of the Amateur Ski Club of New York, he was an original investor in Fayston’s Glen Ellen. He served as a board member during the fledgling ski area’s growing pains from 1962 to1967.
He was active in the Mad River Valley’s Boy Scouts, an organizer of the Valley Junior Racing Club and Ski Education Foundation and a founder of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Mission in Waitsfield. After moving to his Ferrisburgh home in 1990, he served on the Mission Committee of the Vergennes Congregational Church and as a volunteer for the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, whom he married on April 2, 1955 in East Hampton, Long Island, N.Y.; three sons, J. Minott Kerr, of Portland, Ore., Gibson B. Kerr and his wife Diane of Springfield, Va., and Geoffrey G. Kerr of Palo Alto, Calif.; his brother, John Kerr, of Hightstown, N.J.; two granddaughters; three grandsons; a cousin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth, in July 2008.
A memorial service is planned for January. Donations may be made to Bixby Library, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, the Vergennes Food Shelf, or Heat Assistance Program.
Donald H. “Jake” Hurlburt
VERGENNES — Donald H. “Jake” Hurlburt, 74, of Vergennes, died at his home Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008.
Born in Ticonderoga, N.Y., on January 6, 1934, to Raymond and Altina (Bacon) Hurlburt Sr., he was raised in Ticonderoga and resided there for many years. He attended Ticonderoga High School and was a member of the NYS National Guard in Ticonderoga.
Jake and his companion, Rita Labschere, were well known Middlebury residents for many years.
He was an avid baseball fan, and as a young man, loved playing the game.
He is survived by two brothers, Raymond Hurlburt Jr. and his wife, Shirley, of Ticonderoga and Terry Hurlburt of Schenectady; two sisters, Edith Brown of Ticonderoga and Carol Fogg and her husband, Robert, of Ticonderoga; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his companion, Rita; by one brother, Arthur R. “Tuffy” Hurlburt; and by one sister, Annette Montbriand.
Relatives and friends may call Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10-11:30 a.m., at the Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home, 11 Algonkin St., Ticonderoga, N.Y.
A Requiem Eucharistic Mass will follow at noon at the Episcopal Church of the Cross of Ticonderoga. The Rev. Marjorie Floor, Rector, will officiate.
Interment will follow at the family plot of the Mt. Hope Cemetery of Ticonderoga.
Donations in may be made to the American Cancer Society, 959 Route 9, Mount Royal Plaza, Queensbury, NY 12804.