Obituaries

Robert “Buster” G. Weller Jr., 90, of Middlebury

ROBERT “BUSTER” G. WELLER JR.

MIDDLEBURY — Robert “Buster” G. Weller Jr., 90, died Sunday evening July 19, 2020, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury after a long and colorful 90 years of life.
Buster was born Dec. 16, 1929, in Starksboro, the son of Robert G. Weller Sr. and Hannah (Brace) Weller. He was predeceased by his parents and by a sister. Buster is survived by his sister Kathy Weller, of Waterbury, a nephew Don Fisher (Janice) of Starksboro and a niece Elizabeth Torrey of Salisbury.
Buster considered himself a true patriot and proud American. He was also a Middlebury celebrity. He was well-known from working at a number of odd jobs around town — mowing lawns, working in kitchens at local eateries, and more. He will also be remembered for the many years he enjoyed riding around town on his bicycle keeping up to date on happenings. When his legs got tired, he took to riding a lawn mower around for a while. Buster considered himself a friend to all, including those town folks he enjoyed cussing at.
One of Buster’s greatest joys was riding in Middlebury’s Memorial Day Parade where he got to see and be seen by his town. After moving into the University of Vermont Health Network – Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing, many staff along with community members contributed to Buster’s return to this annual event. He looked forward to this parade all year long. When COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 parade, Buster was filled with joy to see a modified parade around Helen Porter for Buster and his fellow residents.
Buster loved music and enjoyed serenading many visitors and staff at Helen Porter with his harmonica and guitar tunes at all hours of day and night.
On Thursday, Aug. 20, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., everyone in the community will have a chance to say goodbye to our friend. Helen Porter will hold a drive by “Tip Your Hat to Buster” for any community members who would like to drive around the traffic circle in front of Helen Porter and “tip your hat” to Buster — wearing of colorful, outrageous headgear and outfits is entirely appropriate and encouraged. A small awning will be set up at curbside with pictures of Buster, some of his own many hats, other memorabilia, and his ashes in an urn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Activities Fund at Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center at 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home.
Online condolences at sandersonfuneralservice.com.◊

Share this story:

More News
Obituaries

Arthur W. Huestis, 76, of Bridport

ARTHUR W. HUESTIS BRIDPORT — Arthur W. Huestis passed away May 15, 2024, at the age of 76 … (read more)

Obituaries

Karen Marie (Stone) Austin, 71, Vergennes native

KAREN MARIE (STONE) AUSTIN WHITEHALL, Mont. — Karen Marie (Stone) Austin passed away at ho … (read more)

Obituaries

Michael Mentzer Barrett, 63, of Derby, Conn.

MICHAEL MENTZER BARRETT DERBY, Conn. — Michael Mentzer Barrett, age 63, passed away peacef … (read more)

Share this story: