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David Sullivan Rugg
David Sullivan Rugg

David Sullivan Rugg
David Sullivan Rugg, a lifelong area resident, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at The Villa.

He was born in St. Albans on June 26, 1937, the son of the late George and Bernadine (Sullivan) Rugg. David was 79 years old.

David was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in St. Albans and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont. He was extremely proud of his accomplishments and time served with the Vermont Army National Guard and the St. Albans Co-Operative Creamery. He retired from the Vermont Guard after nearly thirty years of service as Full-Bird Colonel, and cherished the friendships made during that time. He also worked at St. Albans Co-Operative Creamery for forty years, where he retired as Field Director. David will always be remembered for his jokes and storytelling at the Co-op’s annual meeting. David was a communicant of St. Mary’s Parish, a member of Green Mountain Post # 1, American Legion and St. Albans Lodge 1566, B.P.O.E.

Survivors include his son, Thomas Rugg and his wife, Kate, and their children, Sean, Finnian and Madeline of Shelburne, as well as his sister, Patricia Rugg, his brother, John “Jack” Rugg and his wife, Cynthia, of St. Albans and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends were invited to attend calling hours on Thursday, September 22, 2016, from 5 to 7pm at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, Sept. 23, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 45 Fairfield Street, St. Albans with the Reverend Maurice J. Roy as celebrant. Interment with military honors will be at a later date in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.

As an alternative to flowers, please send memorials in David’s name to Christ the King School, 136 Locust Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

To send David’s family a written expression of sympathy, please visit our on line guest book at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

 

John Leon Rec
John Leon Rec, 96, a former longtime resident of Maple Street in Brattleboro, passed away quietly in his sleep at Vernon Green Nursing Home, where he and his wife Arlene have made their home for the past three years. Prior to their residency in Vernon Green, John and Arlene lived for a year at Shelburne Bay.

John was born on May 30, 1920, in Bondsville, Mass, the second of three sons born to Leon and Antonina (Szufnarowski) Rec. His family moved to Hinsdale, NH, where he attended schools in the Class of 1938. His family moved to Brattleboro in 1936, where John worked first as a doffer at the Berkshire Hathaway Cotton Mill. After he was married he studied and became an agent-telegrapher for the Boston & Maine Railroad, based in Greenfield, MA, working at several locations, including Putney, Vermont, East Northfield, Turners Falls and Williamstown, Massachusetts. Later, he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service. John served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operations, where he was among the first occupation troops in Japan, working in communications as a telegrapher. He was honorably discharged in August of 1946.

John married Arlene (Smith) Rec on July 22, 1939. They had just celebrated their 77th anniversary.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by two children, Jeanne R. LaClair (Charles) of Shelburne, Vt. and Michael J. Rec (Carol) of Ocala, Fla. Additionally, they have three grandsons, Timothy J. LaClair (Catherine) of Milton, Vt., Daniel C. LaClair (Shannon) of North Ferrisburgh, Vt. and Jeffrey M. Rec (Deana) of Stafford Springs, Conn. His parents and his brothers, Francis and Thaddeus, predeceased him. He is also survived by a nephew, Steven Rec, a niece, Kathleen R. Peraza, and a sister-in-law, Helen S. Monroe of Northfield, Mass.

He was a member of the B.P.O. Elks, Brattleboro Lodge #1499, the American Legion, and V.F.W. Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034. In his earlier years he served as a Little League coach of the Athletics. In his leisure time John enjoyed dancing, especially polkas, playing cribbage and golf, reading, doing crossword puzzles, and rooting for the Boston Red Sox. John liked playing the accordion and the harmonica. He was a faithful American Red Cross blood donor, credited with donating over ten gallons during his lifetime.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated at 2pm on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Saint Michael’s Catholic Church in Brattleboro. Following the Mass, Committal Rites and burial with full military honors followed in North Cemetery in Vernon.

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