Obituaries

Jeremy Singley, 73, of Middlebury

JEREMY SINGLEY

MIDDLEBURY — Jeremy Singley, 73, of Middlebury, Vt., passed away peacefully at home on April 7, 2024, after a long struggle against the destructive forces of Alzheimer’s disease. He lived a good and happy life.

Upon his completion of a degree in Studio Art from Rutgers University, Jeremy and his family moved to Vermont. He built his own home and shop and began a long, accomplished career as a master woodworker. He designed and handcrafted fine furniture that was sold and shown across the country and abroad. He is best known for his Windbow Rocker and received a U.S. patent for its seat design. Most notable among his customers are Julia Roberts and Norman Lear. However, Addison County’s own Mary Barr Kellington is the proud owner of the first two rockers Jeremy made, which she and her partner, Robert, still use every day.

Besides producing furniture, Jeremy frequently contributed articles to Fine Woodworking and Fine Homebuilding magazines.

Later in life he expanded his design talents to industrial design and became a Solidworks software guru, with an extraordinary ability to design products and parts that needed curves. He worked on a wide range of products ranging from water and wind turbines to sports and medical equipment to streamlined tractor trailer trucks. He received two EPSCOR grants for his work on air flow enhancements for long-haul trucks. His model of the air flow truck was showcased at Solidworks World.

Jeremy was very proud of his involvement with the Middlebury Natural Foods Coop. He was one of the founders of the Coop’s storefront and served on the board. He liked to point out the humble origins of the storefront in the old train station and compare that with today’s bustling store.

Jeremy was dedicated to his family. He cared for his parents, his sister and his younger brother during their final illnesses. He was a loving father to his two daughters. He taught them how to make firewood, wire an outlet, lay slate, spokeshave spindles, light a torch, fish from a canoe and build a treehouse, in addition to coordinating their home school programs. He mentored several apprentices in his woodshop and then went on to teach industrial design seminars across the country.

Jeremy is survived by his wife, Pauline; his daughters, Gwen and Emily; his son-in-law, Louis Toth; and his brother Donald. He was preceded in death by his parents Mark and Janet; his sister Fran, and his brother Paul.

Memorial services are private. Donations in his memory can be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, www.achhh.org/memorial-gifts.html

Be well, eat good food, slow down, smile until your eyes crinkle and live in peace. ◊

 

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