Brian C. McMann
Brian C. McMann, 65, of Williston, died on Dec. 19, 2012, in the Vermont Respite House, of lung cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Ann, and his disc-loving Springer Spaniel, Boomer. He was born in Lancaster, N.H., on May 7, 1947, son of the late Everett and Arline McMann of Dalton, N.H. He graduated from the Whitefield, N.H. high school and was a 1969 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New Haven, Conn. He spent two years in the U.S. Army, January 1969 to December 1973, including a year in the Vietnam Theatre, after which he was honorably discharged. Brian and Ann were married on Jan. 22, 1972, in Somersworth, N.H. In his early years, he worked as the executive chef at the Town & Country in Gorham, N.H. Brian and his wife relocated to Vermont in 1974, when he accepted a position as a culinary arts teacher at the Essex Technology Center in Essex Junction. He enjoyed a 37-year career here, until his retirement in June 2012. Chef McMann was a Certified Culinary Educator who was a program leader, working with many youths and young adults. Brian was also recognized for his efforts in recognizing his students through Skills USA and the National Honor Society. He was especially proud of the students who tested their skills on a national level in Kansas City, Mo., most every year. In past years, several of his students have achieved second or third place in this highly competitive arena. His hobbies included gardening, fly-tying and fishing. Brian is also survived by his brother, Stephen and Evelyn McMann of Gilman, and their daughter, Tamela; sister, Karen and David Byron of Bethleham, N.H., and their children, Jay and Jillian, Andrea and John Cook, and Ruby; sister-in-law, Nancy McGuinness and Peter Pearson of Merrimack, N.H.; brotherin-law, Bob and Anne McGuinness of Hooksett, N.H., and their children, Justin, Alison and Cristy; many longtime friends from the CIA, as well as lots of fellow teachers and former students who have remained good friends. Calling hours were held on Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Corbin and Palmer Funeral Chapel, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Junction. Interment will take place at a later date at the Pine Hill Cemetery in Dover, N.H. Corbin and Palmer Cremation Services is in care of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, Vt. 05495.
Everett A. Tatro
Everett A. Tatro, 76, died peacefully in Fletcher Allen Health Care on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, following a lingering illness. He was born in Burlington on April 3, 1936, the son of Harry and Melba (Ward) Tatro. He grew up in Williston and married Betty St. John on Aug. 7, 1956, in St. Stephen’s Church, Winooski. Everett served in the Army and was a member of the National Guard for more than 20 years. He worked for F.R. Antone for many years and retired from the South Burlington Street Department where he was a heavy equipment operator. Everett was a volunteer fire fighter with the South Burlington Fire Departmant and the Williston Fire Department for several years. He leaves his wife of 56 years, Betty Tatro of Williston; his daughter, Sheryl Keesler and her husband, David, of Williston; his two sons, Thomas and Kirk Tatro, both of Williston; his brother, Sam Tatro of South Burlington; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and many close friends and family. He was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Melba Tatro; his son, Craig Tatro; and two brothers, Harry Tatro Jr. and George Tatro.
Visiting hours were Thursday, Jan. 3 at Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant St., Essex Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, Jan. 4, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Williston. Burial will be in East Cemetery, Williston, in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vt. 05495.
Spencer McClelland (Mac) Wright
Spencer McClelland (Mac) Wright, 87, of Williston, passed away in the comfort of his home on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Born in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. on March 4, 1925, he was the son of the late Leverne and Eunice (Cottrell) Wright.
In his youth, Spencer enjoyed a sense of adventure and physically challenging himself. From mountain climbing, hiking, camping, sailing and racing bicycles, these activities carried with him throughout his life. Later in life, Spencer visited Alaska on a motorcycle to once again gaze on Denali, a mountain that he climbed as a young man, along with joining several friends on a weeklong cattle drive fulfilling a desire to be a cowboy.
Spencer had lifelong intellectual curiosity that expanded beyond his education and his private practice as a psychologist. Following his retirement, Spencer continued to enjoy life in a variety of ways as well as co-authoring a book on professional ethics.
His friends and loved ones fondly remember his wonderful sense of humor, particularly his wild limericks written for friends and family on their birthdays and other important occasions.
Spencer is loved and missed by his partner for over 29 years, Joan Kaigle of Williston; his niece, Carol Hamilton of Wyckoff, N.J.; his nephew, Allen Northrop of Livermore, Calif.; as well as grandnieces and grandnephews.
There will be a celebration of Spencer’s life at the Williston Woods Activity Center on March 3 from 12 – 3 p.m. For those who wish, memorial gifts would be appreciated to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, PO Box 459, South Hero, Vt. 05486 (www.takumta.org), the Make a Wish Foundation of Vermont (www.vermont.wish.org), or to the Chittenden County Food Shelf (www.feedingchittenden.org).
Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences, visit www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.