Floyd Robert Sipley, 81, of Bristol


BRISTOL — Floyd Robert “Sonny” Sipley went home to his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, after a battle with cancer.

He was born Jan. 7, 1941, at home in Fredon, N.J.

He is survived by his wife Dina of 62 years; his four children, Judy and Gerard Sabourin of Shoreham, Vt., Nancy and Roger Smith of Houghton, Mich., Brian and Carole Sipley of Fredricksburg, Iowa, and Lisa and Eric Vander Heide of Fort Mill, S.C; his nine grandchildren, Rebecca and Bill Vander Weert of Vergennes, Jennifer Sabourin of Middlebury, Elizabeth and Brian Ryks of Bridport, Mike and Ellie Sabourin of Bridport, Zachary, Benjamin Sipley of Iowa, Emily Sipley of Colorado and Ashley and Camron Vander Heide of South Carolina; and his seven great-grandchildren, Daniella, Jacob, Juliette and Lyndsey Vander Weert, Finley LaFerriere, Daniel Sabourin and Lucas Ryks.

He is survived by his sisters, Harriet Van Gorden and Joyce and Bruce Kampka in Newton, N.J.; and brother Harry Sipley of Va. Also by in-laws, Cornie and Wilma Dykema of Ferrisburgh, Cora Dykema of Michigan, Ann Dykema of Bridport and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Harriet Sipley of Newton, N..J and his brother Ronald in Pennsylvania.

Floyd drove a tractor trailer into New York City for Skuba & Klemm. Then he went into farming. In 1976 they moved to Vermont. After he lost his barn in 1989, he worked at Saputo Cheese for 16 years. After he retired, he worked several summers on the Lake Champlain Ferry.

The viewing will be at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Friday, Nov. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at New Haven United Reformed Church on Route 7 in New Haven. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven on Town Hill Road at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.

A big thank you to all his hospice caregivers.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Champlain Valley Christian School, Church St., Vergennes or Addison County Home Health and Hospice, 254 Ethan Allen Hwy, New Haven, VT 05472. To send online condolences to his family please visit ◊


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