Phillip Allen Griffith
Phillip Griffith passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in the Lakeland Regional Medical Center after a short illness.
Phillip was born on Feb. 16, 1928, in Montpelier to the late William H. and Margery (McIntyre) Griffith. His early education was in Moretown and Vergennes High School, where he graduated as valedictorian and earned a full scholarship to UVM, which he attended after a short time in the Army. He graduated in ‘52 with a BS in education. He later received a Master’s degree in teaching from St. Michael’s College. He held early teaching positions in Enosburgh and Richmond. The remainder of his 38 years of teaching was spent at Lyman C. Hunt School in Burlington. He served in many organizations, including as president of the Vermont Teachers Association.
Phillip and his family ran the Sure Luck Motor Court cabins on their property in Williston for many summers. He enjoyed the country life and was an avid gardener. He played the piano and organ; his talents were welcomed by the various churches of which he was a member over the years.
He is survived by two sons, Peter A., his wife Cindy of Milton, Leslie F., his partner Melissa Moore, of Ferrisburgh, a daughter Martha (Griffith) Poirier, her husband Serge of Williston and their two sons Nicolas and Ryan, also of Williston and various nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings Roger, twin sister Phyllis, Edith and Glenn.
The family would like to recognize the unwavering attention given to Dad by his great friend Otto Wunder, his friends and neighbors in May Manor and “Pastor Andy” and the congregation of Our Savior Lutheran church, in Lakeland.
Contributions in Phillip’s memory can be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823. A memorial service was held at Our Savior Lutheran – Lakeland. Final arrangements were handled by the Central Florida Casket Store & Funeral Chapel, Lakeland, Fla.
JESSICA B. LAMPHERE
Jessica B. Lamphere, 48, of Tremont Street, died Aug. 21, 2014, in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, following a brief illness. Surrounded by family, Jessica passed peacefully into the spirit world to start a new journey.
She was born Jessica Ann Bates on Jan. 15, 1966, in Burlington, the daughter of Gerald and Nancy Bates of Williston. She attended Williston schools and graduated from Champlain Valley Union High School in 1984. Jess was an accomplished flutist and played First-Chair in the Vermont Youth Symphony Orchestra. Following high school, Jessica attended the University of Vermont where she graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She went on to teach first and second grade at the Waits River Valley School for 25 years.
Jessica loved teaching and reading and will be missed by the WRVS staff, parents and students. Her principle membership was the National Education Association. In 2001, she wed Michael C. Lamphere of Barre and in 2003 they had a son, Jacob Raymond Lamphere.
Jessica loved music, reading, floating and spending quiet weekends at her family’s camp in the mountains. She was an excellent cook and loved to bake. She leaves behind her loving husband and son, Jacob; mother, Nancy Bates of Williston; sister, Jennifer Safford of Elmore; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins. She was predeceased by her father. Friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Waits River Valley School, 6 Waits River Valley Road, East Corinth, VT 05040.