Milestones

Births

Champney, Brianna and Justin Precourt had a son, Greyson Michael Precourt, on Oct. 8 at Fletcher Allen Heath Care.

Rivera, Marcos Enrique and Jessica Lynne Barrows had a daughter, Madyson Lynne Rivera, on Oct. 9 at Fletcher Allen Heath Care.

Deaths

Steven C. Clayton – Shelburne

Today our world is a little less bright, as we have lost a truly shining star. Steven passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Nov. 8, 2014. Close friends and his family were by his side throughout his brief illness. He was born on Oct. 22, 1958, in Burlington. He grew up in Shelburne and graduated from CVU in 1976. Steven was a very loving man who cultivated many rich friendships which he maintained over the years. Steven was the owner of Shelburne Supermarket. A caring member of the community, he was willing to offer his support to many worthy causes. He had a powerful presence and was always quick with a smile and to say an enthusiastic hello to friends and customers shopping at the store. He deeply enjoyed talking and sharing stories. Steven truly loved family vacations, coffee at the store with his friends, the Patriots, and all of the many cars he drove over the years. He was very proud of and is survived by his three children, Mallory, Mandy and Michael. He is also survived by his wife and best friend, Sara (Devost) Clayton; as well as his parents and siblings. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kathy Devost Scholarship Fund, c/o CVU High School, 369 CVU Road, Hinesburg, VT 05461; or to the Cancer Patient Support Program of Vermont, PO Box 64700, Burlington, VT 05406. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in care of Stephen C. Gregory & Son, Shelburne.

Carl W. Eicker – Shelburne

Carl Walter Eicker, 92, passed away peacefully at his home in Shelburne on Nov. 5, 2014, after a long, amazingly fulfilled life. Carl was born to Gus and Net Eicker in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Dec. 19, 1921. He spent his youth in the East and earned his engineering degree from the University of Maryland. Following his service as a naval officer during W.W.II, he obtained an MBA from Boston University. Carl married the love of his life, the “queen of my song,” Dorothy Staudt, 65 years ago in Akron, Ohio. After employment with Addressograph in West Springfield, Mass., he worked as an engineer for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich., for more than two decades. He lived with Dorothy in the same house on Hupp Cross Rd. in Birmingham, Mich, for 45 years, where they lovingly raised their family surrounded by many close friends and great neighbors. During retirement, he remained active in the community and his church, and traveled widely. He spent the final six years of his life with Dorothy in Vermont. Carl never lost his love of the water. Whether Lake Cayuga, a Vermont river, or the Woodside pool, he was the first to swim. He body surfed in the Atlantic, sailed on Chesapeake Bay, and windsurfed on nearby lakes, at Cape Hatteras, and in the warm waters of Bonaire. He was even still water-skiing at age 85. Carl was blessed with a keen analytical mind. He was excellent at math, enjoyed challenging puzzles, and was an avid chess player his entire life. He was the poster child for all extroverts. He made friends wherever he went, and went out of his way to make everyone feel welcome, even being dubbed the “ambassador” of Shelburne Bay, his retirement community. He was the eternal optimist, with a great sense of humor, who enjoyed telling stories and jokes, reciting poetry and playing pranks on unsuspecting friends. Carl had a great love of music. He played the violin, but his greatest joy was singing. He had an astounding memory for lyrics and an amazing repertoire of songs. He often could be heard serenading residents and staff at Shelburne Bay, personnel at doctors’ offices and the hospital, or anywhere else he could find an audience. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Shelburne; sister, Joan Whitwell of Williamsburg, Va.; son, Steve Eicker and wife, Dorothy Ainsworth, of King Ferry, N.Y.; daughters, Sally Wolfe of Lake Orion, Mich., and Joan Eicker and Nancy Eicker of Richmond, Vt.; grandsons, Eric Wolfe and wife, Jessica, Brian Wolfe and wife, Jessica, Carl Wolfe and Rory Ulmer; great-grandchildren, Kadin, Reese and Skylar Wolfe. He was predeceased by his brother, Bob. Carl’s family would like to thank his physician, Dr. Mark Levine, for his wonderful care. A memorial service to celebrate Carl’s life will be held at a future date.

John Henry Williams (1924-2014) – Colchester

Jack Williams, 90, died at his home of 63 years on Nov. 6, 2014. Born in Troy, N.Y., “Jack” was the son of the late Henry “Harry” Williams and Mabel Millington Williams, and the younger brother of his loving sister, Mabel. Jack grew up in Troy as part of a closely knit family community. From an early age, he played baseball; rapidly progressing to play for local semi-pro company sponsored teams. Admitted to St. Lawrence University on a baseball scholarship, the war interrupted his sophomore year. In 1942, he volunteered to serve in the Army during W.W.II and fought in Africa and then Italy. Wounded twice, he was later the recipient of a Purple Heart. During the war he played baseball for the Army at Camp Upton and Camp Wheeler. He then returned to St. Lawrence University as President of his Class, and led the baseball team with a .342 batting average in 1946, and was a proud member of Beta Theta Pi. He graduated from St. Lawrence in 1948, and started his first job as Field Director for the Red Cross in New England. He met the love of his life, Marilyn “Mimi” Pomerene Williams, in the early spring of 1950 and they were married in New Hope, Pa., on Aug. 19, 1950. A year later, they embarked on their life’s work, running Kiniya, a summer camp for girls on Lake Champlain. A keen observer and a natural business man, he and his wife, Marilyn, boldly embarked on the project of owning and running Camp Kiniya for 55 years, which flourished under their direction. They were 27 and 24 years old, with few financial resources, and younger than many of their staff. Jack also had a job as Assistant Director of Admissions at St. Lawrence from 1954-1958, before deciding to devote himself to the full-time Directorship of Camp Kiniya. He (and Marilyn) did all this while raising five children and later being “Grandpa Jack” to his nine grandchildren. Mimi and Jack continued with their work until 2006, when they sold their beloved Kiniya. Jack remained in the Vermont family home with Mimi and in close contact with his large family until his death, hosting family gatherings, improving his property, telling stories, and touring the gardens in his golf cart. Sadly, Marilyn, his wife of 64 years, predeceased him on Sept. 19, 2014. Jack kept her company until the end, and was planning on joining her when he followed her six weeks later. Never apart during their lives, death did not keep them apart for long. Among Jack’s survivors is a daughter Anne Doremus and husband, Greg, of Shelburne, and their children, Jeffrey and Theodore. The Williams’ family would like to thank caregivers, Nancy Downey, Deb Hayes, and Hillary DesNoyers, and the Hospice team at the VNA. A memorial service for Jack and the large Kiniya community and friends and family will be held at a later date. A memorial fund is being established, The Marilyn and Jack Williams Camp Scholarship Fund, contact Sharon Williams Dennett at: swdennett@msn.com for details. Please also write memories and comments in the Legacy book online which we will be using to compile a history of their lives at Kiniya.