Milestones

Births

Shelburne residents Leigh (Smith) and Christopher Galipeau had a son, Wilder James Galipeau, on Feb. 26, 2015 at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Deaths

Gordon Lowe – Shelburne

A-1-Milestone-Lowe-SGordon Lowe of Shelburne, a resident of Wake Robin and longtime Vermonter, passed away peacefully with friends and loved ones nearby on Saturday, March 28, 2015. He was an avid outdoorsman, had a zest for life and for sharing his time with friends and will be missed by many. Gordon was born on May 17, 1920 in Schenectady, N.Y., to Jessie May (Martin) and Gordon Lowe. He moved at an early age to North Adams, Mass. and attended the local school system graduating from Drury High School in 1937. During his high school years, Gordon played basketball, football, was captain of the track team, ski raced, and was a drummer in the Celtic Band. Gordon went to work in the Arnold Print Works upon graduation from high school. In 1940, Gordon volunteered for the U.S. Army and was accepted for the new ski troops program. He served with the 10th Mountain Division and was part of the Aleutian campaign at Kiska, Ark., taught mountain rock-climbing techniques and rescue in Lincoln, N.H., skiing and winter warfare at Camp Hale, Colo., mountain rescue in West Virginia, and participated in the Italian campaign from 1945 to the end of the war in Europe. The 10th Mountain men were on their way to Japan from Italy when the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima – the ship turned and headed back for the U.S. After the war, Gordon returned to North Adams and married his high school sweetheart Jean Malcolm on March 14, 1949. They moved to Stowe in 1952, and built a house on the Mountain Road. Gordon had a long career in the Stowe ski industry. He started as a ski instructor or the Mt. Mansfield Company and after five years became manager of the T-bar and State Shelter. He was involved in building the new double chair lift at Spruce Peak and then became manager of the Spruce Peak Area. The new 18-hole golf course was completed under his supervision and he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Mt. Mansfield Company until his retirement in 1975. Gordon was lifetime member of the American Legion of Stowe and one of the first members of the US Professional Ski Association. Jean and Gordon moved to North Hero in 1975, and built a new home on the South Shore where they had purchased property in 1966. They gardened, hunted, watched birds and waterfowl, and raised Scottish Highland Cattle for 33 years. While living in the Town of North Hero, Gordon was a Lister from 1978-1980 and served as Selectman to the town from 1980 to 1987. He was a member of the County Extension Board and served as Chair of the North Hero Cemetery Committee. He was active in the North Hero Methodist Church where he served as Deacon along with another long-time Deacon, Irving Blackwell. In 2003 Gordon was presented the Vermont Hall of Fame Medal from Gov. Jim Douglas relating to his service in The 10th Mountain Division and for helping to make the Ski Industry in Vermont what it is today. He was a proud member of the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division.A-1-Milestone-Lowe-Alone-S Gordon played golf throughout his life, and was a member of the Alburg County Club and the Champlain Country Club for many years during retirement. He played with the Vermont Seniors around the state, and was proud of his three “holes in one” and was very excited to shoot an 81 when he was “just” 81 years old! Gordon’s, wife, Jean, pre-deceased him on May 24, 2005 and in 2006 Gordon moved to Wake Robin in Shelburne, where he met and enjoyed many new friends. He was active with gardening, playing pool, golf, and volunteering as a drummer for the Linden Music Hour. A graveside service will be held at the Jerusalem Cemetery in North Hero on or about May 17, 2015; with details to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given in his memory to the Visiting Nurse Association/Hospice, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446 www.vnacares.org.

Ronald A. Sweet – Shelburne

Ronald A. Sweet, 80, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. His wife, Fay (Fisher) Sweet, and his son, Tommy, were by his side. He was born in Burlington, on June 12, 1934, to the late Allen and Laura (Devoid) Sweet and spent his early life in Burlington and in Monkton. He graduated from Burlington High School and received his degree in education from Castleton State College. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, he began his teaching career at Charlotte Central School, then went on to teach at L.C. Hunt School in Burlington and at Burlington High School. He retired from the automotive division at Burlington High School, where he specialized in automotive restoration. He was most proud of the fact that, upon his retirement, one of his former students succeeded him in the position which he himself had held for many years. Ronnie always had an inquisitive mind about everything from flowers to cars, and was always interested in how things work. Among the greatest pleasures of Ronnie’s retirement years was the freedom he found in continuing his passion for antique cars. His 1929 Model A Ford, “Monk,” occupied a special place in his heart as he proudly took part in many local parades and festivals. He was an active participant and often a judge at the annual Stowe Antique and Classic Car Meet, where his enthusiasm and expertise were always met with great appreciation. Among Ronnie’s survivors is his son, Tommy of Shelburne; and by the light of his life, his great-granddaughter, Peyton. Those who wish may make contributions in his memory to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Rd., Williston, VT 05495; or to the Hospice of the Champlain Valley, 1110 Prim Rd., Colchester, VT 05446.

Elizabeth B. Little – Shelburne

Elizabeth B. Little, 103, of Shelburne, died March 27, 2015, at her Wake Robin residence. She was born July 5, 1911, in Baltimore, Md. After graduating from the Friends School in Baltimore in 1929, she attended Syracuse University, majoring in journalism. At Syracuse, she met and married Thomas Sproston, while he was studying for his Ph.D. in Botany. After four years in Amherst, Mass., they moved to Burlington in 1946. Tom taught at the University of Vermont, while Betty joined the Burlington Free Press as a reporter, a position she proudly held for 29 years. They were instrumental in the renewal of the Lake Champlain Yacht Club and enjoyed sailing on Lake Champlain, until Tom’s death in 1988. Another passion was the Klifa Club on Pearl Street, where she was an active member. In 1990, she married Professor George T. Little and they became among the first residents of the Wake Robin community. They enjoyed spending time with his children, George Jr., David, Katie, and his grandchildren. Together, they traveled to many international destinations. Back home, Betty continued her interest in journalism, writing for the Shelburne paper. She was particularly committed to the welfare of animals, giving generously to a fund she established through the Vermont Community Foundation, which supports animal shelters in Vermont. At her request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Employee Appreciation Fund at Wake Robin, 200 Wake Robin Drive, Shelburne, VT 05482.