Raymond “Barney” Torrey
ADDISON — Raymond “Barney” Torrey, 81, died Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at his home surrounded by his family and friends. He was born Nov. 29, 1926, in Addison, the son of Merton and Ella Wrisley Torrey.
He was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Bridport for 61 years, where he was married to Ramona Murray Nov. 29, 1947, received his Baptism, Communion, and his confirmation. He was a dairy farmer in Addison until his retirement in 1990 due to health reasons.
Then he and his wife started to go to Florida and they had the best of two worlds: Florida in the winter and Vermont in the summer. He enjoyed his vegetable gardens in the summer and shared his vegetables and enjoyed giving them to many friends in Vermont and Florida.
According to family, his passion was fishing, but he was also a great collector of things he thought were useful and a jack of all trades, doing for others and lending a helping hand.
He is survived by his wife; four children, Suzanne and Rene Many of Addison, Michael and Candy Torrey of Panton, Mark and Gayle Torrey of Addison, and Raymond Jr. and Rose of Bridport; 22 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Merton Torrey; two sisters-in-law, Iola Torrey and Mary and Ted Arel; and several nieces and nephews.
A mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Saturday, May 24, at St. Bernadette Church in Bridport. Interment was in Grand View Cemetery in Addison.
Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 758, Middlebury, VT 05753, or Addison County Meals on Wheels, 112 Exchange St., Middlebury, VT 05753.
Lynne H. Porter
SHOREHAM — The graveside committal service and burial for Lynne H. Porter, 52, who died April 2, 2008, in Middlebury will be held on Thursday, May 29, at 11 a.m. in the East Shoreham Cemetery in Shoreham. The Rev. Tim Franklin, pastor of the Bridport Congregational Church, will officiate.
George D. “Buzz” Luce Jr.
VERGENNES — George D. “Buzz” Luce Jr., 61, died Monday, May 19, 2008, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Route 7 in Waltham that morning. Born in Montpelier on November 25, 1946, he was the son of the late George D. Luce Sr. and Doris (Downs) Luce.
George attended schools in Warren and served his country with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. George worked as a mechanic for many years in the Mad River Valley and then was employed by Brothers Building Co. for several years. More recently he worked as a caretaker for several private homes in the Valley.
For the past three years he has made his home in Vergennes. He was a former member of the American Legion and in his leisure time enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, bird watching and photography.
He was previously married to the former Robin Jennison.
He is survived by his son, Matthew G. Luce of Duxbury; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was predeceased by a sister, Marlene Bettis, and a brother, Eugene “Bing” Luce.
Graveside services will be held from the Warren Village Cemetery on Friday, May 30, at 2:30 p.m.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Veterans Administration Hospital, Attention: Disabled American Veteran’s Travel, 215 North Main Street, White River Jct., Vermont 05009.
Michael D. Larocque
SPRINGFIELD — Michael D. Larocque, 59, of Merrill Street passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at his home. Michael was born in Middlebury, April 13, 1949, the son of Gerard and Marion Larocque.
He worked as a rural mail carrier in Brandon and Alstead, N.H. He lived in the Springfield area where he loved to spend his free time gardening, fishing, biking, and kayaking with his long time friend Laura Wesson. He especially enjoyed his family trip to Alaska in 2006.
He was a recent member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Bellows Falls. Michael will surely be missed by family and friends.
Michael is survived by his mother of Middlebury; his sisters, Jeannette Newton of Caryville, Tenn., Nancy Steele of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Linda Bailey of Pinedale, Ariz.; his grandson, Michael David Gregory of North Clarendon; and many loving nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his father; his son, Peter Michael Larocoue; his brother, Larry Emmons Larocque: and sister, Diana Zeno.
There will be a celebration of Michael’s life 11 a.m. Sunday, May 25, at Herrick’s Cove in Rockingham.
In lieu of flowers donations in Michael’s name may be made to the American Red Cross, 199 Union Street, Springfield, VT 05156, Michael’s charity of choice.
Charles Ira Lafley
BRISTOL/NEW HAVEN — Charles Ira Lafley, 72, died at Helen Porter Nursing Home after several months with a lingering illness. He was born March 19, 1936, in Enosburg Falls, the son of Kenneth C. Lafley and Mary Norton Lafley.
He graduated from Bristol High School in 1954. He then attended Saint Michael’s College. For many years he was very active in the Bristol Alumni Association and held several offices.
He worked at Simmonds Precision and then moved to New York City to work for the Bulova watch company, then on to IBM in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. After 10 years he moved back to Vermont.
He worked for Creative Sound several years, then 10 years with Prudential Insurance Co. He then worked for Heritage in Burlington and retired in 2004.
He married in 1974. He was a member of Sons of the American Legion of Vergennes, lifetime member of St. Ambrose Church, and the Bristol Alumni Association.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra J. Lafley; two stepsons, Michael LaDuc and wife Cherel, and Scott LaDuc and partner Karen Williams; two daughters, Michelle LaDuc and Kathleen Almeida and her husband, Steven; two grandchildren; a sister, Linda Lafley of Greensboro, SC; and many cousins.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 27, at St. Ambrose Church in Bristol. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol.
Memorial donations may be made to the Helen Porter Nursing Home, South Street, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Allen P. Brown
MIDDLEBURY — Allen P. Brown, 68, died May 14, 2008, at Helen Porter Nursing Home after a long illness. He was born Sept. 11, 1939, in Bristol, the son of Leon and Alberta (O’Bryan) Brown.
His working life was spent as a crane operator throughout the East Coast.
He is survived by his four sons, Ralph Brown and his wife, Becky, of Salisbury, Myron Brown of Rutland, Ron Brown and his partner, Mellisa Clough, of East Middlebury, and Allen “A-Pete” P. Brown Jr., of Leesburg, Fla.; and three grandchildren.
Burial will he held at a later date at the convenience of his sons.