Benjamin F. Schweyer – Shelburne

Benjamin F. Schweyer, 89, a resident of Wake Robin in Shelburne, died on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Born in Owego, N.Y., on Dec. 29, 1925, he was the son of Benjamin and Mildred Schweyer. The family moved to Burlington in the late 1930s where Ben attended local schools, graduating from Burlington High School in the Class of 1943. With the war in full swing, Ben attended Norwich University in an Army reserve program and joined the Army while there. Following basic training, he was assigned to the Engineer Battalion of the 78th Infantry Division and was sent to England and on to Europe. He arrived in time to participate in the Battle of the Bulge, the Rhineland and the Central European Campaigns, earning three Battles Stars for his participation. He returned home to enter the University of Vermont, graduating in 1949 and directly headed to the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1952, he continued in his law practice in Burlington for 40 years. He was a partner in the law firm of Latham, Eastman, Schweyer and Tetzlaff. Skiing at Stowe, sailing on Lake Champlain and golfing with friends at the Burlington Country Club brought him great pleasure. In 1969, Margo McKenzie became his wife and lifetime companion until her death in April 2009. Although they enjoyed Burlington in the warmer weather, Green Valley, Ariz., became their winter home, offering a friendlier climate for Margo, the proximity of Margo’s family and the availability of year round golf for Ben. Ben is survived by his sister, Mary (Patsy) Schweyer Nostrand of Middlebury, and her three children, Susan Boston of Woodstock, Peter Nostrand of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Ben Nostrand of Charlotte. A Circle of Remembrance service will be held at Wake Robin in Shelburne on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 4pm.