Nov. 17, 2011
GEORGE LAWRENCE MARTIN
George L. Martin, 85, passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday morning Nov. 9, 2011, after a several month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Oct. 11, 1926, the son of George L. and Anabella E. (Stein) Martin. George was appointed to the US Naval Officers Training School during World War II; he attended Middlebury College, and graduated in 1949 from Lehigh University with a degree in mechanical engineering. George worked at various engineering and administrative positions with Thiokol Corp. in Huntsville, Ala. and Elkton, Md. He was a pioneer in the field of solid propellant rocketry, the parent of our current space development. George also worked on many military and space programs. George retired in 1984 after 36 years with Thiokol at which time he relocated to Middlebury. During his retirement he was an active volunteer with SCORE, Red Cross Blood Bank, and Porter Medical Center. George enjoyed golfing, fishing, and gardening. In 2001, George was predeceased by his first wife of 50 years, Kathleen Harbin. In 2005, He married Marilyn Johnson Dunn, formerly from So. Portland, Maine, in St. Stephen’s Church in Middlebury. George is survived by his daughter, Laura Lee Robinson and husband, Joseph G., and his grandson, Zachary L. Robinson, of Wilmington, Del.; his wife, Marilyn (Dunn) Martin; stepchildren, Roger and Suzanne Dunn of Hinesburg, Gayle and Albert Reid, III of Vale, N.C., Dana and Kathleen Dunn of Charlotte, and Dawna and Timothy Brisson of Williston; stepgrandchildren, Allan and Jennifer Dunn, Meghan and Jay Romano, Matthew and Kevin Dunn, Kristina and Matthew Black, Joshua, Ricci, and Olivia Reid, Scott and Elise Brisson; and by four stepgreat-grandchildren, Sophia and Brianna Romano, and Teagan and Kyra Reid. During the last six years George and Marilyn have enjoyed traveling and attending performances at St. Michael’s Playhouse, The Flynn Production, and Lyric Theater. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington. Burial followed in East Cemetery in Williston. In lieu of flowers contributions in George’s memory may be made to the Hospice of the Champlain Valley, 1110 Prim Rd., Colchester, Vt. 05446, or to Lyric Theater Company, P.O. Box 1688, Williston, Vt. 05495. To send online condolences to the family please visit www.readyfuneral.com.
WALTER A. TREPANIER
Walter A. Trepanier, 86, passed away on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, in Fletcher Allen Health Care. He was born in Burlington on Feb. 25, 1925, the son of Henry and Laurianna (Genest) Trepanier. He served his country honorably with the U.S. Army in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II. On returning from the service, he and Deltha M. Plant were married on Aug. 10, 1946, a marriage lasting 58 years until her death in April 2004. Walter was a master electrician, owning and operating Walt’s Electric until his retirement. He later operated Walt’s Radio and TV Sales and Repair on Intervale Avenue. He was a life member of the VFW, The Eagles Arie #793, D.A.V. Chapter #5 and the American Legion Post #2. Along with his first wife, Deltha, and his parents, Walt was predeceased by his brother and wife, Paul and Harriet Trepanier; and his brother-in-law, Bernard Pepin. Recently, Walt married Therese (Wright) Benoit on June 21, 2011, who survives him along with his children and their spouses, Andrew and Lorretta Trepanier of Essex Center and Dorothy and Jim Casey of South Burlington; six grandchildren, Keith, Naomi, Benjamin, Shawn, Delsa and Christy Jo; several great-grandchildren; his sister, Blanche Pepin of Florida; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial services were held Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at 1 p.m. in Elmwood-Meunier Funeral Chapel, 97 Elmwood Ave., Burlington with interment following in Fort Ethan Allen Cemetery, Colchester. Visitation at the funeral home was also that day, from noon until the services. The VFW and D.A.V. met for final tributes during the visitation time. Those wishing may send memorial donations to either the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Ln., Williston, Vt. 05495 or the Vermont Breast Care Center at Fletcher Allen, 1100 Colchester Ave., Burlington, Vt. 05401.