DAVID C. MORENCY
David “Dave” Charles Morency, educator and beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, died at his home in Williston on Saturday, June 27, 2015, after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his family and buoyed by the support of his much-loved sister and brother, as well as many other relatives, friends and colleagues. Dave was born in Salem, Mass., on Sept. 11, 1938, to the late Joseph and Irene Morency. He grew up in a loving extended family that included his two siblings and two cousins. He attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and St. John’s Prep High School, where he graduated in 1956. Dave was appointed to the US Naval Academy in 1957, and went on to become an officer in the United States Navy. He served with distinction on the surface ship USS Keppler (DD-765) until 1962, at which time he was interviewed and selected by Admiral Rickover to be an officer in the Nuclear Submarine program. Dave served on the USS Lafayette (SSBN-616), and then on the USS Lapon (SSN-661), a nuclear submarine on which he was a member of the commissioning crew. In later years, he enjoyed sharing stories about his naval career, including his ship’s involvement in the Cuban Missile Crisis and our country’s relationship with the Russians during the Cold War. In 1969, Dave left the Navy to pursue a career in teaching. He received a Master’s degree in Mathematics at the University of Cincinnati, and began his teaching career at the University of Vermont in 1973, where he initiated an Operations Research course and taught Calculus and other undergraduate classes for many years. Dave had a genuine love of teaching, and was excited by the questioning minds of his students; he found great satisfaction in mentoring and guiding them. In addition to teaching, Dave oversaw the College of Technology Co-op Program, was involved in VMI (Vermont Math Institute) and helped to conduct the annual Math Prize Exam held by the Math Department. Dave retired from UVM in 2001, maintaining close friendships with many colleagues and students. Throughout his life, Dave was drawn to the ocean, lakes and streams. As a boy, he fished from his rowboat in Salem Harbor. Afternoons were spent swimming or playing baseball, an idyllic life for a young boy. His lifelong love of fishing and of the Red Sox developed at that time. The fishing excursions continued with his children, and then with his friends. They explored the rivers and streams of Vermont and Nova Scotia over the years, packing up fishing gear and taking well-folded maps on many quests for new fishing holes. Another passion in Dave’s life was music. His meticulously curated CD collection included everything from Brubeck to Prokofiev, and bluegrass to pop/rock. His final days were spent listening to his favorite jazz and classical pieces; even in his sleep, his fingers were moving to the music. Dave was married to his best friend and loving wife, Elinor “Ellie” (nee Bowes) for nearly 53 years. Their friendship began in elementary school, where they both sang in the boys’ and girls’ choirs. Together they raised four children in a busy, laughter-filled house. Dave was extremely proud of his children and of the caring and compassionate adults they have become. His love and pride extended to his children’s spouses and to his four grandchildren. He enjoyed being with his family, just relaxing or celebrating the important events in all their lives. Dave is survived by his wife, Ellie of Williston; son, David and wife, Tracy Drake, and their son, Eamon, of Burlington; son, Steve of Williston; daughter, Elise Minadeo and husband, John, and their children, Nick, Marisa and Dominic, of Essex; daughter, Anne and husband, Dave Mulleady, of Co. Longford, Ireland; sister, Sylvia Wahl and husband, Ted, and his children, Michelle and Wes, and their families; brother, Joseph and wife, Pauline, and their children, Liz and Joe; and cousins, Irene Sullivan and Betty Rectanus, and their families. He is also survived by many other relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed. A remembrance of Dave’s life will be held at All Souls Interfaith Gathering, 291 Bostwick Farm Rd., Shelburne, at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015, with a reception to follow. The family wishes to thank Dr. Steven Ades and his staff at the UVM Medical Center, Dr. Zail Berry, and the nurses and staff at the VNA for their compassion and care.
ROSCOE C. STEVENSON
Roscoe C. Stevenson, 80, of Williston, died on Friday, June 26, 2015, in UVM Medical Center. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on Oct. 1, 1934, the son of the late Roscoe and Virginia (Higgins) Stevenson. He served two years with the U.S. Navy. Roscoe received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and his master’s degree from St. Michael’s College, both in education. He worked for 31 years as a sixth grade math teacher for Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington. Roscoe is survived by his wife, Alfreda Stevenson of Williston; two sons, Kyle Stevenson of Bethesda, Md., and Derek Stevenson of Albany, N.Y.; step-daughter, Alfreda Barber of Vernon, Conn., and stepson, Tom Barber and wife, Lee, of Willimantic, Conn.; grandson, Eric Stevenson; step-grandchildren, Jeni and husband, Randy, and Joshua and wife, Alicia; step-great-grandchildren, Cadence, Evelyn, and Joslynn; sister, Mary Lou Rogers; brother, Todd Stevenson and wife, Ruth; and nephew, Tim and wife, Amanda, and their daughter, Sofia. Visiting hours were held on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service Mountain View Chapel in Essex Junction. There will be no service. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Connecticut. To send online condolences to the family please visit www.readyfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in Roscoe’s memory may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 72 E. Concord St., Suite C3, Boston, MA 02118.