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Dick Gardiner 84, of Canton, CT died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 18, 2013
Jane Ann Pease 84, of West Granby, died on Thursday, June 13, 2013
Harold Humphrey 94, of Harwinton CT , died on Saturday, May 26, 2012
Gerry Baril, 81, of East Hartland CT, died on Sunday, August 28, 2011
Joseph Spagna Southington, died on August 28, 2011
Ellis Varcoe, 72, of North Granby CT, died Thursday December 9, 2010
Carolyn Borstel Phillips, 79, East Granby, CT, died Tuesday December 7, 2010
David A. Scudder, West Hartford, CT, died Tuesday August 24, 2010
Sam Humphrey, 86, of Canton CT, died Friday July 10, 2009
Bill Plink, died Friday September 26, 2008
Jamie A. (Savanella) Messenger, 52, of Harwinton, CT died Sunday, December 23, 2007
Joseph Henry Swindells, 88, of Windsor Locks died Monday October 15, 2007
Betty Kleiner 79, of Simsbury died Saturday, November 25, 2006
Herbert W. Winkler 74, of Columbia, died Friday, May 26, 2006, Ski Sundown and Okemo Patroller
Mary Mills Humphrey of Canton, died Monday March 6th. 2006, Ski Sundown Patroller
W. Bryant Merriam 46, of Cherry Brook Road, Canton Center Ski Sundown Patroller
Gilles L. Levesque Bristol, CT, May 01, 2005 Mount Southington Patroller
Stanton "Zeke" Ellison, 67, of Haddam Quarter Rd., Durham, died Monday, February 3, 2003, Patroller at Powder Ridge
Debbie Lynne Flynn 48, of Highland, NY and formerly of Bristol, died Tuesday, July 9, 2002, Patroller at Ski Sundown
Gary M. Knox 59, of Buckland, MA, died on Thursday, August 15, 2002, Patroller at Ski Sundown and Berkshire East
John W. Schaffer Jr. 24, of 387 Andrews St., Southington died Monday, Jan. 3, 2003 in Lyndonville, VT.
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Patroller at Ski Sundown and Master Instructor
Richard C. Gardiner, 84 of Canton, CT died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 18, 2013. Son of Henry M. and Aurelie Schwiers Gardiner, he grew up in Glastonbury, CT and Stonington, CT. After serving in the U.S. Air Force in Newfoundland, Canada, Dick attended the University of Maine where he spent much of his time exploring the White Mountains and the trails on Katahdin, his favorite mountain, with the Outing Club. He returned to Connecticut, earning a BS in Biology at Central Connecticut State University and an MS in Botany at UConn. He first taught science and math at Pomfret Community School and then Earth Science at Bulkeley High School. Dick was passionate about education and empowering students in Hartford. He led bicycle and hiking clubs to reach out to students, teaching them about the environment, self-worth, and respect. Dick was proud to be a member of the National Ski Patrol for over 45 years, patrolling at Ski Sundown ever since it was known as Satan's Ridge. He was one of Connecticut's first Outdoor Emergency Care trainers, teaching first aid and training the instructors. He set up the Connecticut Region Nordic Ski Patrol program in the 1970s, and was the area's Mountain Travel and Rescue Instructor Trainer as well as a Level II Avalanche Instructor. Dick received his National number in 1986, a great honor for any patroller. His proudest moment was teaching two of his grandchildren as they joined the patrol. The woods and mountains of New England were his second home, hiking and climbing throughout the White Mountains since the 1950’s. He cut ski trails during the development of Sugarloaf ski area, built lean-to’s in northern Maine and in the White Mountains, and has hiked and skied many of the trails and climbing routes of the Presidential Range, the Shenandoah, and Mt Katahdin. In recent years, Dick could often be found on the trails at the Roaring Brook Nature Center, Stratton Brook, or McLean Game Refuge. Dick was an avid cyclist, commuting from Canton to Hartford by bicycle daily since the 1960’s. He raced as a member of the Nutmeg Wheelmen cycling club and was the 1976 State's National time-trial champion. When not on a bicycle or hiking trail, Dick rowed and kayaked in the Farmington River, building the wooden kayaks he and his family paddled. His greatest joy was sharing his love of the outdoors with family and friends. Dick will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 56 years, Betsy, daughter Lee and her husband Chris of West Granby, son Bill and his wife Jo of Bainbridge Island, WA and by his beloved grandchildren Madison, Cody and Alex who he was so very proud of. He also leaves behind a large and happy family: Allen and Harriett Gardiner of New Jersey, Ray and Donna Gardiner of Maryland, Aurelie Palmer of Waterford, Linda and Gerry Raulinaitis of Manchester, Ellie and John Flavell of California as well as nieces and nephews Byron, Sandy and Kathryn, Tom, Anne Marie and Matt, Doug, Judy, Kim and Katy Rose, Lynn and AJ, Christine, Pete and Garrett, Walter Jr, Beth, Jim and Phil, Ben, Karna, and Catherine. Dick will also be truly missed by his many friends and extended ski patrol family. Calling hours will be on Friday, July 26th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike in Canton, CT. A memorial service will be held at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT on Sunday July 28th at 10:00. Memorial Donations may be given to the Roaring Brook Nature Center, a spot Dick loved to walk and whose mission he supported at 70 Gracey Road, Canton CT 06019.
Dick Gardiner, July 2013
Former Patrol Director at Ski Sundown
Janet H. Pease, 84, of West Granby, beloved wife of 62 years of William Pease, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, MA. She was born August 28, 1928 to the late Harry and Carmel (Hunt) Houze in Batavia, NY. Janet and William have lived in West Granby for the past 59 years where she was a Chemistry teacher in the Granby Public Schools, was very involved in the community including the Republican Town Committee, Salmon Brook Historical Society, Sundown Ski Patrol and served as voter registrar. She also was a member of the Granby Tennis Club and the Hampstead Hill Club. Among her many interests she especially enjoyed gardening, reading, bridge and crossword puzzles. In addition to her husband she is survived by her children, Martha Pease of East Haddam; Sarah Dalton and her husband Jeff Griffiths of Issaquah, WA; her brother, George Houze of AZ; as well as two grandchildren, Nicholas and Jeffrey Dalton. Her family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 18, from 2-4 p.m. at the Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 364 Salmon Brook St., Granby. A Memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m. following the calling hours at the funeral home. Donations in Janet's memory may be made to the Granby Land Trust, PO Box 23, Granby CT 06035.
Jane Ann Pease, June 2013
Patroller at Ski Sundown
HARWINTON - Harold W. Humphrey, Jr., 94, of Harwinton, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, May 26, 2012. Having moved to Harwinton in 1947 with his late wife Lois Farrand Humphrey, he served on town committees and the Harwinton Volunteer Fire Department, endearing himself to his community by his buoyant good cheer, humor, kind helpfulness, and zest for life. Born in Canton Center, Mr. Humphrey graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1939 with a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also earned his Professional Engineering Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Humphrey had a distinguished career as a Mechanical and Design Engineer at the Torrington Company-Ingersoll Rand for nearly 50 years. During World War II, his critical engineering design work for weaponry, including the Bazooka, contributed significantly to the war effort. Following his retirement, he served as a consultant for the company and designed snow-making equipment for ski resorts in the United States, Spain, and Chile. He was very active in a Christmas tree business he and his siblings ran on the family farm in Canton Center until the farm, which had been in the family since 1789, was sold in 2008. Mr. Humphrey had many hobbies and interests and selflessly served his community throughout his long life. He sat on Harwinton's Zoning Board and Board of Finance, as well as the Fire Department for decades, serving as Secretary until shortly before his passing. Just a few years ago he could be seen flipping burgers at the Fire Department booth at the Harwinton Fair. For all his community service he was voted Harwinton's "Citizen of the Year" in 1985. An avid sports enthusiast, Mr. Humphrey played company softball while employed by The Torrington Company and continued long after he retired. He earned his National Ski Patroller's certificate and was a member of the ski patrol at Ski Sundown for more than 30 years. Into his late 80's he trained other patrollers. He won many medals for ski racing, including first place in a national race for competitors over 70. He competed into his late 80's, beating competitors in younger age categories. He was also an avid tennis player and sailor, and enjoyed taking friends out on his 28 foot Catalina sailboat, "September Morn." He loved sports cars, especially his Porsche, and in the late '60's he and his rally partner won Connecticut's State Rally Championship. He was the proud owner of a Honda Gold Wing motorcycle, which he enjoyed riding in fair weather. He pursued all of these activities with extraordinary enthusiasm and shared his love of sports with his five daughters. He could often be seen cheering on his grandchildren at their sporting events. The home he inhabited for 65 years was "decorated" with trophies, medals, awards certificates, and sports uniforms on every wall. Mr. Humphrey had a lively wit and zest for life, which delighted his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by his family and his long-time loyal and loving companion, Connie Worthington of Manchester. A wonderful and beloved father, he leaves five daughters, Joyce Hawes and her husband Don of New Canaan, Judith Humphrey and her husband Marc Egnal of Toronto, Canada, Mary Lou Thomas Williams and her husband Rick of Jacksonville, Florida and Carmel, California, Nancy Humphrey Case and her husband Colyn of Hyde Park, Vermont, and Kathryn Wollman of Harwinton; his grandchildren, Benjamin Egnal, Barton Egnal and his wife Emily, Jennifer Thomas-Larmer and her husband, Eric Larmer, Jessica Thomas Wadsworth and her husband, Geoffrey, Christa Case Bryant and her husband Evan, Ian Ethan Case and his wife Stephanie, Alycen Bronwyn Case, Timothy Wollman and Stacey Wollman, and two great-grandchildren, Kye Egnal and Isabella Wollman. He also leaves his brother, Frederick G. Humphrey of Guilford, Vermont, and his sister, Lucy Wong of Woodstock as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his late wife, Lois, he was predeceased by two grandsons, Stephen Wollman and Brandon Wollman, his brother Samuel Humphrey, and his sister, Ruth Humphrey. Mr. Humphrey's love of life and the many joys it offers will forever be an inspiration to all who knew him. Friends may call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike, Canton, on Friday, June 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be celebrated Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m. at the Harwinton Center Congregational Church, 1 Burlington Road in Harwinton. Private burial will be in West Cemetery in Harwinton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Harwinton Volunteer Fire Department, 158 Burlington Road, Harwinton, CT 06791. Please visit Harold's "Book of Memories" at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences.
Harold Humphrey, September 2009
Patroller at Ski Sundown
Gerald Edward Baril, 81, of East Hartland, beloved husband of Constance (Gaudette) Baril, died peacefully on Sunday, August 28, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born on August 22, 1930 in Lyndonville, VT, son of the late Oscar and Laura (Dufort) Baril. Gerald was also predeceased by a brother , Gerard of IN. Gerald was a graduate of the Lyndon Institute and went on to graduate from the University of Vermont. He served our country during the Korean conflict with the U.S. Army and went on to serve with the National Guard for 20 years. A resident of East Hartland for over 38 years, he was a member of St. Therese Church in Granby. Gerald worked as a Fire Protection Engineer for Industrial Risk Insurers in Hartford for over 36 years. He was a charter member of the Hartland Lions Club, where he also served as president and secretary. Gerald served on the East Hartland Fire Department and worked as the East Hartland Fire Marshall. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, hunter, skier and woodworker. Gerald skied during college on the UVM ski and ski jump team and later on the U.S. Army Ski Team in Germany. He was a member of the Unites States Ski Association, a National Junior Ski Patrol Advisor, a National Ski Patrol Instructor, CT Region Ski Patroller of the Year and Ski Sundown Ski Patroller of the year. Gerald was also currently serving on the ski patrol at Stratton Mountain in Vermont, where he received a 25 year service award. He was also an American Red Cross Instructor in CPR and First Aid. A kind, caring and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he will be greatly missed by all. Along with his wife of over 56 years, Constance, he leaves five sons, Peter Baril of East Hartland, Joseph Baril and his fiancé Kathleen Gorski of Granville, MA, Lawrence Baril and his wife Johanna of Granby, Marcel Baril and his wife Debbie of Winsted and Douglas Baril and his wife Krissi of N. Carolina, daughters, Deborah Ransom and her husband Peter of Hartland and Laurie Ransom and her husband Thomas of East Hartland, 17 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Jaunice Baril of IN, and numerous nieces and nephews. His family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, from 4-7 p.m. at the Hayes Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 364 Salmon Brook St., Granby. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, 10 a.m. at St. Therese Roman Catholic Church, 120 West Granby Rd., Granby. Burial will follow in East Hartland Cemetery, with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Hartland Lions Club Scholarship Fund, c/o Rob Davis 84 South Lane, East Hartland, CT 06027.
Gerry Baril, May 2005
Patroller at Mount Southington
Joseph Spagna, August 2011
Patroller at Ski Sundown
Ellis Varcoe, 72, of North Granby, beloved husband of Linda (Ziolo) Varcoe for 32 years, passed away on Thursday (December 9, 2010) at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Pittsfield, MA, son of the late Ernest and Rachel (Daigle) Varcoe, he lived in Simsbury and Windsor before moving to North Granby 32 years ago. A graduate of Weaver High School and Northeastern University in Boston, he was a mechanical engineer and employed by Stanadyne Corporation in Windsor for over 35 years. An avid outdoorsman with a big heart, no challenge was too big, he enjoyed sailing, mountain climbing, kayaking and skiing. He was a member for over 30 years of the National Ski Patrol at Ski Sundown in New Hartford. Besides his wife Linda whom he married on November 24, 1978, he leaves a son, Craig Varcoe of Farmington; a daughter, Kimberly Varcoe of Simsbury; two grandchildren, Emily Varcoe and Ethan Varcoe; three brothers, Russell Varcoe and his fiancé Patricia Florentino of Shelton, Kenneth Varcoe and his wife Josette of Paris, France, Paul E. Varcoe and his wife Paula of North Carolina; and a sister, Joanne Simonds. Memorial donations may be made to the March of Dimes, Attn: DRFR, 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605.
Ellis Varcoe, May 2005
Patroller at Ski Sundown
Carolyn Borstel Phillips, 79, of East Granby, formerly of Portland, ME, died December 7, 2010. She was the wife of the late Edward Finley Phillips. Born October 27, 1931, and raised in Portland, ME; she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Martha (Dresser) Borstel. Carolyn attended local schools graduating from Deering High School in 1949, and attended Westbrook Junior College. She played tennis, clarinet in the band and volunteered in the American Red Cross. A 1954 graduate of Boston's prestigious New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, "Cal" was known for the warm friendliness and sound judgment that brought her wide popularity. Cal loved summers at the family cottage at Highland Lake and sailing in her father's sloop, being near the water brought her joy. A Campfire Girl, she taught Sunday School while an eighth grader and said she was moved by the litany, as well as the music. Carolyn took easily to the orderly, uncompromising regimen offered by Deaconess. In 1954, with her Deaconess pin and starched nurse's cap bearing the black stripes of her alma mater, Carolyn realized, as an operating room nurse at Deaconess, an enduring happiness... Years later, she would show her children the proper way to authoritatively slap into the recipient's awaiting hand a pair of scissors or a butter knife. In the OR, she found the highest justification for her essential precision and deliberateness. Soon thereafter, at the Falmouth Foreside wedding of mutual friends, she was found by the man who would a year later become her life partner, the much older (at 31) pilot and dashing war veteran, Edward Phillips. The courtship survived Ed's successful efforts to teach Carolyn to drive. They married in August 1954., and soon after a Maine honeymoon enlivened by Hurricane Carol, drove away from their beloved Down East coast to Connecticut. There in 1955, Ed began work as a writer at Hamilton Standard in Winsor Locks; Carolyn resumed her nursing career which would span 40 years as a staff nurse and educator, concluding in 1996, as a supervisor at Kimberly Hall Nursing Home., in Windsor. In 1962, with their beagle pup named Tyler, joined by sons Jeff and Matt, Carolyn and Ed moved into their newly built house in East Granby; the home in which they would raise a family and make a life together in service to their community. Daughter Leah joined them all in 1963. By then Cal and Ed were active in the town. They led the establishment of the East Granby Kindergarten Association, enrolling in turn all three children. Making a difference led to volunteering in town politics; Carolyn who had served in her high school student council, rose to be Republican Town Committee Vice Chairman; in 2005, she was named East Granby Republican of the Year. She was a delegate to many presidential and gubernatorial conventions. Throughout their lives in East Granby, the couple was central to the development of worthy candidates at local, state and national levels; constructive party platforms and ethical campaign management. Carolyn and Ed enthusiastically engaged in political activity to benefit their community, acting unselfishly and without ego for the common good. Carolyn ran for the Board of Selectmen in 1975, winning by that election's biggest plurality and sharing the distinction with another candidate of being the first woman in the town's history to run for the office. Re-elected repeatedly, she served in the post for fourteen years. Her stewardship, marked by the same pragmatic orderliness and compassion that has served her in nursing, brought East Granby effective government, kept affordable by a Yankee thrift learned as a girl in the Great Depression. She proved adept at the essentials of town governance. She helped develop the town's industrial park, nurtured the growth of its public schools and served on the Council of Small Towns. Inseparable in their marriage, Carolyn and Ed made great music together. With Ed on the drums, Carolyn played in summer concerts of the Salmon Brook Band, in Granby. In 1991, the couple shared the East Granby Lion's Club's Col. Edward D. Miles Citizen of the Year Award. To supplement the memorials to other wars, they placed a maple tree and memorial in the town's center to those who served in Korea and the Gulf. They together served their church. Carolyn as a member of the Old Saint Andrews Episcopal Church Women, twice its president. She served on the Alter Guild and chaired the United Thank Offering. Unsurprisingly, the status quo was nowhere safe from Carolyn's drive; she became a leader in the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and was active in the local Red Cross swim program. A lifelong skier, she was a YMCA ski instructor. In 1971, she completed the arduous regimen to become a member of the National Ski Patrol, volunteering at Sundown Ski Resort, in New Hartland, serving there more than 20 years and rising to the rank of Hill Captain. She was a justice of the peace and President of the East Granby Social Committee which introduced inner-city youth to summer camp in the town. She helped establish the East Granby Ambulance Association and was a charter member of the East Granby Historical Society. Her efforts ushered in town recycling and helped establish a local Meals on Wheels program. She was especially proud of the work she and Ed did creating the town's Cowles Park nature area on whose trails they loved to cross-country ski together. Carolyn's wish for her town was that it remain an attractive place with open spaces, benefiting from public transit and sound governance. The East Granby of today, one of New England's most successful communities, reflects her fidelity to that vision and stewardship to her fellow townspeople. She is survived by sons Jeffrey Edward Phillips, an Army Reserve brigadier general stationed in Georgia and Matthew Alan Phillips, working in ski area management and real estate investment of Boulder County, CO and a daughter Leah Catherine Porter, a student at Harvard University, of Swampscott. MA. She was the cherished grandmother of Olivia and Jackson Porter and sister of Trudance (Borstel) Anderson of Stoneham, MA. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Memorial donations be sent to Old Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, 59 Tariffville Rd., Bloomfield, CT 06002, or the East Granby Ambulance Association, 6 Memorial Drive East Granby, CT 06026.
Carolyn Borstel Phillips circa 1979 VT
Patroller at Ski Sundown
David A. Scudder of West Hartford, Ct and Shelter Island, NY passed away peacefully at home on August 24, 2010. He was the beloved husband to the late Nancy Steele Scudder. Born in St Province, Baguio, Philippine Islands. David received his bachelor's degree from Kenyon College and an MBA from Cornell University. He served in Germany as part of the occupation following the Second World War as a high-speed radio operator. After his stint in Germany, he was stationed in Point Barrow, Alaska with the National Geodetic Survey. David spent many years in Simsbury while employed by the Travelers Corp. In the mid-1970's he moved to Great Falls, Va. where he became the General Manager for the National Flood Insurance Program for EDS and a lobbyist for the National Electrical Contractors Association. Upon retirement, he and Nancy returned to New England to pursue their joint passions for skiing, sailing and tennis. David loved life, the outdoors and staying active with Nancy. He spent many years as a senior ski patrolman for the national Ski Patrol. He sailed both with his family for pleasure and competitive racing as Captain and crew for many different class boats. David was an avid tennis player and was known to drop everything for a quick "set". He also enjoyed building railroad and ship models. He was a member of the Shelter Island Yacht Club, Hartford 20th Century Club, Niantic Bay Yacht Club, Kenyon College Alumni Association, past president and member of the Hartford Tennis club, and the Bloomfield Racquet Club. David was the son of the late Walter Tracy Scudder Jr. and Ruth Blanchford Scudder. David leaves his children Sarah Scudder Evans of Marlborough, Timothy Tracy Scudder of Stamford and Linda Scudder Casey and her husband John Casey of New Hartford; eleven grandchildren, Bree and Scudder Evans, Alison and her husband Royal Tuttle, Robert, Richard, Hilary, Sarah and Molly Scudder; Emily, Blair and Madeline Casey; His brother Brent E. Scudder and wife Reggie of New London, NH also survived David. His brother, Dr. Walter Tracy Scudder III, and his son-in-law, Kip B. Evans predeceases him. Calling hours are scheduled for Monday, August 30 at 5 – 8 PM at the Molloy Funeral Home, 906 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, Ct 06119. A Memorial Service will be scheduled for Shelter Island, NY at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Special Olympics, Connecticut, PO Box 4000, Hamden, CT 06514-0010.
Dave Scudder circa 1979 VT
Patroller at Ski Sundown
HUMPHREY, LT., Col. Samuel S., Ret. Lt., Col. Samuel S. Humphrey (US Air Force Retired) died Friday, (July 10, 2009) at the John Dempsey Hospital, UCONN Medical Health Center after a brief illness. Lt. Col Humphrey was born April 25, 1923 in Canton Center. He married a local Canton woman, the late Mary (Mills) Humphrey in February, 1945. They had been married 61 years before she passed away in 2006. Lt Col Humphrey attended Canton public schools, including the one room school house in Canton Center, and graduated from Canton High School in 1941. He entered the Army Air Corps in World War II, working his way through Aviation Cadets to become a Master Navigator. He was stationed in the South Pacific with the 433rd Troop Carrier group during the war including New Guinea, the Philippines, and the Japanese mainland. He navigated the first US airplane into Hiroshima after the bomb to measure the remaining radiation. After the war he graduated from the University of Connecticut majoring in Physics. He continued his education at Wesleyan University where he obtained a Master's Degree in Physics. He completed doctoral studies in Physics at the University of Utah. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and remained on active duty until retiring from the Pentagon as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1971. Lt Col Humphrey completed 29 years of military service, he returned to his home town of Canton and began 38 years of civic and public service. He was elected to the Board of Finance and served as the board's chairman for four years. He was then elected to the Board of Selectmen for six years. He served as the First Selectman for the Town of Canton from 1983 to 1987, during which time he oversaw the town's adoption of its charter form of government. After First Selectman, he returned eventually to the Board of Finance where he was at the time of his death and served for 18 years. He was member of the National Ski Patrol for 40 years. He and his wife Mary patrolled at Sundown Ski area, becoming Senior Patrollers and Hill Captains. He was named Sundown's Ski Patroller of the year in 1993. He joined the North Canton Volunteer Fire Department in 1974 and served for 24 years as a fireman and fire policeman. He was a prominent Christmas tree grower managing Humphrey's Cherry Brook Farm Christmas tree plantation. He was a member of the Connecticut Christmas Tree Growers Association, serving as their President and receiving the association's Merit Award in 2000. He was a member of the New England Christmas Tree Growers Alliance, serving as chairman of the alliance's Eastern States Exhibition Christmas tree exhibit for many years and assisting the New England Christmas Tree Conferences. He was awarded the alliance's Certificate of Appreciation in 2005. Locally in Canton, he was chairman of two Historic District Study Committees (Canton Center and Collinsville). He served on the Republican Town Committee for 36 years. He was treasurer and a trustee of the Canton Center Congregational Church for 13 years. He was a Justice of the Peace for 34 years. He taught Math and Physics at Canton High School. He was selected into the Canton High School Wall of Fame in 2004 for outstanding leadership, scholarship, and civic responsibility. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Warren and Deborah Humphrey of Groton MA, Ken and Mary Ann Humphrey of Canton and Marianne and Harold Burbank of Canton; his grandchildren, Harl Humphrey, Samuel Humphrey, Patrick Humphrey, Katie Humphrey, Benjamin Humphrey, Harold Haley Humphrey Burbank, and Anna Burbank. He is also survived by his brothers Harold Humphrey of Harwinton, Fred Humphrey of Guilford VT, and his sister Lucy Wong of Woodstock. He was predeceased by his sister, Ruth Humphrey of Canton Center. He leaves many loving nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and grand nephews. He was especially proud of saying that he, his two sons, his daughter-in-law, and his grand-daughter contributed 73 years of active military service serving during five wars. Friends may call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike, Canton, Tuesday, July 14, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A memorial service will be celebrated Wednesday, July 15, 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Canton Center, 184 Cherry Brook Road, Canton Center with the Reverend Susan M. Prichard officiating. Private burial with military honors will be in Dyer Cemetery, Canton. Memorial donations may be made to the First Congregational Church, PO Box 133, Canton Center, CT 06020. For online condolences please visit www. vincentfuneralhome.com
Patroller at Powder Ridge
Bill Plink passed away on Friday September 26, 2008. A former Powder Ridge Patroller. There will be a memorial service at the Marlboro Congregational Church on Sunday at 3PM Sept 28.
Patroller at Ski Sundown
Jamie A. (Savanella) Messenger, 52, of Scoville Hill Road, Harwinton, CT died Sunday, December 23, 2007 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. She is the wife of Thomas Messenger. Born June 4, 1955 in Torrington, CT, she is the daughter of James and Ruth Savanella of Harwinton, CT. She was self-employed by T J Mess Trucking Business and as a pet sitter. An avid skier, she participated in the Ski Patrol at Ski Sundown. She loved animals of all types. In addition to her husband Thomas, her father James and her mother Ruth, she is survived by her daughter, Regina Dimmock and son-in-law Daniel of Norfolk, CT, one brother, Derek Savanella and sister-in-law Pat of Harwinton, CT, two sisters, Jennifer Savanella and Janis Savanella both of Torrington, CT, and two nieces, Christine Savanella and Domenica Perkins. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2007 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The LaPorta-Cook Funeral Home, 82 Litchfield St., Torrington, CT. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 28, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at The LaPorta-Cook Funeral Home. Burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Torrington Animal Hospital, LLC., 765 East Main St., Torrington, CT 06790 to the attention of Dr. Peter Humphrey, DVM. Condolences may be sent to the Messenger family by visiting www.laportacookfuneralhome.com
Patroller at Ski Sundown
Joseph Henry Swindells, 88, of the 3100 block of Sterling Way, passed away Monday (October 15, 2007) in Maryview Hospital. A native of Windsor Locks, he was the son of the late Joseph and Edith Swindells. He retired from the U.S. Army as a Captain and was a veteran of World War II. He also retired from Golf International Inc. after 15 years of service. He volunteered for over 30 years with National Ski Patrol and was an E.M.T. volunteer in Simsbury. He was a graduate of Williston Academy in North Hampton, MA and the University of Connecticut. Joe was a decent, kind, caring and a wholly pleasant person. Joe is survived by his wife Jeanne Carter Swindells; and his son, Jonathan Swindells of Atlanta, GA; step-children, Christine Amirratti of Arlington, VA, John P. Carter of Hartford, Carolyn Alzamora of Lakewood, CO, Sally Carter-Keef of Virginia Beach, VA, and Rachel Conklin of St. Cloud, FL.
Asst. Patrol Leader at Ski Sundown
KLEINER, Betty Betty (Stanton) Kleiner, 79, of Flintlock Ridge, Simsbury, beloved wife of Gilbert N. Kleiner, died Saturday, (November 25, 2006) at Hartford Hospital. She was born July 23, 1927 in Halsey, OR daughter of the late Richard and Dorathea Laurie (Cogswell) Stanton and had lived in East Granby prior to moving to Simsbury, 38 years ago. Mrs. Kleiner was a member of St. Mary's Church, Simsbury, and the Roaring Brook Nature Center, was past president of the Hartford Audubon Society and was the editor of the Connecticut Warbler for 20 years. She was also a past president of the Simsbury Garden Club and was involved with the Bridge of Flowers in Simsbury; she was also a member and board member of the Federated Garden Club of Connecticut and was on the state committee for invasive plants. Betty was a life member of the Hartford Ski Club, 35-year member of the National Ski Patrol System, was a hill co-captain at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, was a CPR instructor and taught First Aid in Windsor Locks. Besides her husband of 48 years she is survived by a son, Tim Kleiner of Vermont; a daughter, Laurie Goodwin of Simsbury; two sisters, Marjorie Knowles and Ann Craig both in Oregon; two grandsons, James and William Goodwin; two nieces, Sandy Sue Sharp and Sister Rita; two nephews Douglas Craig and Bill Casey as well as several other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Colonel Richard Stanton; a sister, Barbara Sharpe and a nephew, Brian Craig. Friends may call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, Tuesday, November 28, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, November 29, 9 a.m., St. Mary's Church, Simsbury. Burial will be in Simsbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracey Road, Canton, 06019.
Patroller at Ski Sundown and Okemo
Herbert W. Winkler, 74, of Columbia, husband of Elaine (Humeston) Winkler, departed this life on Friday, May 26, 2006 in Hartford. He was born on July 31, 1931 in North Branch, New York, son of the late Walter and Mabel (Odell) Winkler. Herb was retired from the Southern New England Telephone Company after 35 years of service. He served in the U. S. Air Force and was retired from the Army National Guard. He was a communicant of St. Columba Church, a life member and EMT instructor with the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department. Herb was a former Boy Scout troop leader, a member of the National Ski Patrol, the Knights of Columbus, the V.F.W. and the American Legion. His interests included skiing, hunting, fishing, scuba diving and dining out. Herb leaves his wife of nearly 55 years, Elaine, two sons, Warren and his wife Kathleen, Richard and his companion Wendy, one daughter, Kathleen and her husband Steve, six grandchildren, Erin, Stephen, Ryan, Kevin, Jessica and Jonathan. He also leaves one great grandson, Austin and one great granddaughter McKenna who were the light of his life and always put a smile on his face. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Columba Church, 238 Rte. 66, Columbia, CT 06237 or the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 26, Columbia, CT 06237.
Patroller at Ski Sundown
Mary Mills Humphrey passed away on Monday March 6th. 2006 at 11:30 am.
Calling hours are on Wednesday March 8th. 2-4 pm. and 6-8 pm. at Vincent Funeral Home on Rt. 44. in Canton. The funeral service will be on Thursday March 9th. 2pm. at Canton Center Congregational Church Rt. 179 Canton Center. Since Sam And Mary were long time patrollers at Sundown, Sam has asked that patrollers who attend the Funeral wear their parkas or vests and sit in the reserved seating area.
Former Patroller of Ski Sundown
W. Bryant "Beaver" Merriam, 46, of Cherry Brook Road, Canton Center … Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike, Canton, Thursday, May 5, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. Funeral Service will be Friday, May 6, 11 a.m at the First Congregational Church of Canton Center Former Sundown Ski Patroller.
Patroller at Mount Southington
September 06, 1934 - May 01, 2005 Bristol, CT Visitation: There are no calling hours. Funeral Service: A Mass of Christian Burial will held on Wednesday (May 4, 2005) at 11 AM at St. Ann Church, 215 West St Bristol. Burial: Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Connecticut Forest & Park Association, 16 Meriden Road, Rockfall, CT, 06481 or National Ski Patrol Memorial Fund, c/o David J. Nelson, Fund Chairman, 2 Terrace Road, Boonton, NJ 07005.
Patroller at Powder Ridge
Stanton "Zeke" Ellison of Haddam Quarter Rd., Durham, died Monday, (February 3, 2003) in New Haven. He is survived by his former wife, Nina Wagner Ellison of Guilford. Father of Stanton Ellison, Jr. of Southbury, Ronald L. Ellison of Guilford, Meili Ann Horiel of Drexel Hill, PA, Joanne Ellison Taylor of Pepperell, MA, Sulynn Euler of LaPine, OR, Frank H. Ellison of North Branford and Nicole Hjort of U.S. NAVY. Brother of Carl Ellison, Jr. of Ivoryton and Bret Ellison of Willimantic. Also survived by 11 grandchildren, Stanton (Justin), Kirsten, John, Janis, James, Megan, Ian, Aarron, Zackery, Eligha and Kendra. Funeral service at the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St., Guilford, Sat. Feb. 8, at 4 p.m. Friends may call prior to the service from 2-4 p.m. Burial private. Contributions in Mr. Ellison's memory may be made to CT Regional Ski Patrol, c/o Robert Cassello, 96 North Cherry St., Wallingford, CT 06492. Published in the Hartford Courant
Former Patroller of Ski Sundown
Debbie Lynne Flynn, 48, of Highland, NY and formerly of Bristol, died Tuesday, (July 9, 2002) at St. Francis Hospital & Health Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, due to injuries sustained from an automobile accident. She was born February 17, 1954 in Bristol, daughter of the late Clarence M. and Marion (Cowles) Ritter, Jr. Debbie was employed as a Pharmacy Technician for the Eckert Pharmacy in New Paltz, NY. She was a nursing student attending the Suny Ulster Community College and was a former member of the National Ski Patrol at Ski Sundown in New Hartford. She is survived by a son, Tom Flynn, of Bristol; a daughter, Jennifer Flynn, of Bristol, and presently living in New York; her former husband and father of her two children, Thomas Flynn, of Bristol; a brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Susan Ritter of Bristol; a sister, Nancy Ritter of Farmington; a close friend of the family, Emily Perretta of Farmington; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday, 11 a.m. at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville. Burial at the convenience of the family will be in the Forestville Cemetery. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home Sunday, 5-8 p.m. Published in the Hartford Courant on 7/12/2002.
Former Patroller of Ski Sundown and Berkshire East
BUCKLAND — Gary M. Knox, 59, of 119 Elm St. died Thursday (8-15-02) at home. Born in Gardner, Maine, Jan. 24, 1943, he was the son of Kenneth and Phylis (Wells) Knox. He graduated in 1961 from Bristol (Conn.) Eastern High School and from Hartford State Technical College. He had lived in Connecticut most of his life, with brief sojourns in Delaware and Pennsylvania, before settling in Buckland 12 years ago. Knox was an engineer for DuPont for 23 years before transferring to Remington Arms and then Kennametal Industries in 1991 in South Deerfield. He was a record-setting champion swimmer, Boy Scout leader, Ski Patroller and golfer. He enjoyed woodworking and making furniture and other pieces for family and friends. Besides his parents of Bristol, he leaves his wife, the former Kathleen L. Ierardi, whom he married on Nov. 30, 1963; a son, Kenneth J. of Middletown, Conn.; a daughter, Karen S. Dettmer of Torrington, Conn.; a sister, Pamela Roberts of Bristol, and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home, 87 Franklin St., Greenfield. Memorial contributions are suggested to Franklin Medical Center Oncology Department, 164 High St., Greenfield, MA 01301, or to the International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607-3421.
Published in The Recorder, Greenfield, MA
Patroller at Mount Southington John Winter Schaffer Jr., 24, of 31 Middle St., Lyndonville, Vt., and 387 Andrews St., Southington died Monday, Jan. 3, 2003 in Lyndonville, VT. John was born on Oct. 27, 1978 in New Britain, the son of John Winter Schaffer Sr. and Mari (Bitel) Schaffer. A lifelong Southington resident, John was a 1997 graduate of Southington High School where he participated in Lacrosse and football. John had been a member of the National Ski Patrol since the age of 14 at Mount Southington. He had completed four years at Lyndon State College and was serving his internship in ski area management at Burke Mountain. In addition to his parents, he leaves a brother, Matt Schaffer of Southington; and his maternal grandparents, Helyne and Walter Bitel of Kensington. The funeral will be held on Saturday at 9:15 a.m. from the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington to St. Dominic Church for a Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorial Contributions may be made to Eastern Division Memorial Fund, c/o Mt. Southington Ski Patrol, P.O. Box 347 Southington, CT 06489.