Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: Widow grateful to community

This is a thank you to everyone in the Middlebury community who helped pick up, support and wait patiently as my husband shuffled through the stores and parking lots, occasionally fell down or struggled to remain upright. Jeremy died on Sunday, April 7th. He was able to be up and about until four days before his death.

We were in the habit of taking daily walks in and around town. During the last part of his illness (severe dementia due to Alzheimer’s) he experienced disinhibition of gait mobility and would rapidly and recklessly speed up his walking and then fall.

Many of you helped me pick him up, settle him down and eventually get him back to the car. Thanks especially to the Middlebury Natural Foods Coop, his safe place. He loved to wander around and “shop.” The patience and kindness given by this community is priceless. Middlebury is indeed a very good place to live and die.

Pauline Singley

Middlebury

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