Ann (Robinson) Greene of Williston passed away on Friday, Oct. 23, at the Tidewell Hospice House in Sarasota, Fla., after a long illness. She was born in Philadelphia, Penn., on Sept. 17, 1957, daughter of Dr. Donald and Mary Lou (Call) Robinson of Shelburne. After graduating from Burlington High School in 1975, she earned her Master’s degree at Ohio State University in 1981 and began her career as a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing.
Ann was married in Huntington, W. Va., on June 25, 1978, to Richard “Rick” Greene, Jr., of South Burlington. She has expressed how much she cherished her husband of 37 years and respected his loving support of their family. She was a devoted mother who stayed at home to raise her children and home schooled them in later years. She found great joy in her faith as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and spent many hours each week as a full-time volunteer Bible teacher in the local community. She will be remembered for her warm smile, generous hospitality, sincere faith, and deep love for her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, parents, three children: Katherine Greene of Sarasota, Fla., Elizabeth (Chris) Tillett of Greenwich, Conn., and Daniel (Aly) Greene of Barboursville, Va., and siblings: Amy Van Velzor, Glenn (Ceil) Robinson, Molly (Bill) Mathews, and Sarabeth (Bruce) Van Velzor.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Colchester, located at 610 Main Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses at the address above or online at jw.org.
William ‘Billy’ W. Brislin, III
William “Billy” W. Brislin III died unexpectedly, due to complications from his treatment of melanoma, in his home on Oct. 22 in Williston at the age of 48. Billy was born on June 14, 1967 in Burlington to William and Patricia Ward Brislin. He graduated from Rutland High School in 1985 and then served two years in the United States Army, stationed in Germany. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1991 with a B.S. in Education. He briefly worked as a postal worker before following his dreams of becoming a police officer. He served with both Burlington and Barre City Police Departments. Billy also spent two years in Iraq providing training to Iraqi security personnel.
He loved hunting, but rarely took a shot with anything other than his camera, enjoying the quiet time spent outdoors above all else. One of his proudest achievements was becoming a licensed Maine Guide. He was an avid storyteller and would light up a room with his loud, irreverent and boisterous personality. He was such a generous person, always there to lend a hand, to bring a smile to lift spirits. The term “give you the shirt off his back” was the very essence of Billy. He was an adored uncle who loved to tease his nieces and nephews, often in a silly Donald Duck voice. “The Camp” at Sunset Cliff was a very special place where family and friends joined Billy to make many cherished memories. It was filled with love, laughter and fun; a place remembered fondly by all.
Billy is survived by his fiancee Erin Lynn and daughter Meghan of Williston; father William Brislin Jr. of Essex Junction; siblings Mindy (Kyle) Deibler of Essex Junction, Kevin (Jen) Brislin of Newbury and Barb (Justin) Daigneault of Littleton, N.H.; beloved nieces and nephews, Patrick, Kathryn, Emily, Benjamin, Jaxson and Rohan; and aunts, uncles and cousins. He also leaves his beloved dogs Hannah and Titan. He is predeceased by his mother, Patricia Brislin and his paternal and maternal grandparents.
A service is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at the Essex Alliance Church in Essex with a Celebration of Life and reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Good Karma Dog Rescue, 1853 County Road, Montpelier, VT 05602. To honor Billy’s memory, consider paying it forward through random acts of kindness; share a smile, lend a hand, foster a dog, make someone laugh. Please visit www.awrfh.com to share your memories and condolences.