Bernard W. Degree, 70, of North Ferrisburgh


NORTH FERRISBURGH — Bernard W. Degree, 70, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2024. The son of Wayne and Anna Degree, he was born Dec. 30, 1953, in Colchester. He graduated from CVU in 1972.

Bernie worked for New England Kenworth for almost 43 years, retiring in 2020. He worked part-time for FE Hart Fence Co., the Harts being friends for years. He was learning a new trade and was loving it.

Bernie loved his Antique Minneapolis Moline Tractors and participated for many years in antique tractor pulls in Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, and Quebec.

Married for 49 years, he leaves behind his wife, Jacqueline; daughters, Jessica (John) Goodspeed and Amanda (David) Dumont; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three step-granddaughters, and eight step-great-grandchildren.

Bernie also leaves behind brothers Roger (Lucy), Gerald (Yolanda), Dean, and Kelly (Kelly); sisters-in-law Ronda Degree and Pauline Dubuque; brother-in-law Jerald Hutchins; aunts Arlene Degree and Mary LaBounty; uncle Clark Bruce Jr., and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Wayne and Anna Degree, mother- and father-in-law, Harley and Myra Hutchins; sisters-in-law Donna Degree, Sylvia Hutchins, and Linda Naylor; brothers-in-law Brent Naylor and Donald Dubuque- and many aunts, uncles and Cousins.

Calling hours will be Thursday June 27, from 4-8 p.m., at Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Junction, VT.

Service will be held at 11 a.m. on June 28, at the chapel of Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be for immediate family only at the Hinesburg Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Degree Residence, 2038 Greenbush Road, N. Ferrisburgh, VT 05473.

A very special “Thank you” to Bernie’s Medical Team. You were very kind, loving, and your expertise will never be forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Memory of Bernard Degree, UVM Cancer Center, 111 Colchester Ave, St Joseph Hall 5th Floor, Burlington, VT 05401.◊


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