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Obituaries -- June 22, 2011
Paul A. Bouffard
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Paul A. Bouffard, 81, died on Friday, June 17, 2011, following a long and difficult, yet courageous, battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
He was born October 10, 1929, in Newport to the late Aristide and Antoinette (Vigneault) Bouffard.
He attended Sacred Heart High School and then joined the U.S. Navy where he served on the aircraft carrier the USS Leyte.  After his discharge from the Navy, he was in the Naval Reserves for six years while also working as a meat manager for the A&P grocery company.  In 1951, he and his brother Edmund Bouffard opened Bouffard Brothers Market in Newport.
On June 10, 1961, he was united in marriage to Denise Gaudreau at St. Edward’s Church in Derby Line.  This past June 10, they celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary.
In 1962, Mr. Bouffard and his wife bought the Newport City Motel, which they owned and operated until 1982.  He also owned and operated the Long Branch Restaurant and several other businesses in the Newport area, including a car wash, and a small construction business.  He also had apartment houses.  In addition, he was the former mayor of Newport City in 1968 and also served as an alderman for several years.
Mr. Bouffard was a communicant of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church and past member of the parish council and the advisory board at Sacred Heart schools.  In addition, he was a 60-year member of the Knights of Columbus, past exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge of Newport, as well as chairman of the building committee for North Country Hospital and the sisters’ residence at Sacred Heart.  He was also a lifetime member of the Civil Air Patrol.
Mr. Bouffard had a passion for life and living it to the fullest.  The first love of his life was his family.  He loved spending time with his wife and children, his siblings and in-laws.  He loved family gatherings filled with outdoor activities, story-telling, music, good food and spirits, and much laughter and fun.  His second passion was fishing on his boat on Lake Memphremagog.  He spent countless hours trolling for lake trout and salmon, often bringing his fishing buddy, “Pumpkin,” also known as his daughter Julie.
He loved the outdoors — driving construction equipment, snow-blowing the yard, working in the woods, boating, hunting with his brothers and sons, golfing, or simply washing the cars. He enjoyed flying and going to air shows.  He got his pilot’s license at age 16 and loved to fly his plane.
Mr. Bouffard loved music.  He loved to play his drum set, as well as “boogie woogie” on the piano.  He loved big band music and was involved with booking famous musicians such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Glenn Miller at the Elks Club in Newport.
Mr. Bouffard is survived by his wife, Denise; his daughter, Jane Bouffard of Stowe and Gary Lambert of Burlington; his daughter Monica Libby and her husband, Scott, of Newport; his son Peter Bouffard and his wife, Deborah, of Lincoln, Nebraska; his son Thomas Bouffard and Michael Willis of Pittsburg, California; and his daughter Julie Vesely and her husband, Keith, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; by five grandchildren:  Amanda Libby, Sara (Libby) Noyes and her husband, Craig, Michaela Libby, Laura Libby, and Anna Libby of Newport; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and several in-laws, including Rita Bouffard, Pauline Bouffard, Pierrette Paradis and her daughter Suzanne Paradis and son Mark Paradis, Gaby Carr and her husband, Jim, Andre Gaudreau, Lucille Gaudreau, and Suzanne Gaudreau.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his five brothers:  George, Eugene, Francis, Edmund, and Gerard; and his five sisters:  Sister Helen of St. Joseph, Sister Aimee, Sister Louise, Sister Rose Angeline, and Bernadette Butler.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, June 24, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.  Calling hours for relatives and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Thursday, June 23.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855, or online at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, New York 10008-0780, or online at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
The family of Mr. Bouffard would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Bel-Aire Nursing Home for their great care.  In addition, a special thank-you to Father Michael Reardon for his visits and prayers.  Thanks also to the staff from Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport for their support.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Alan Slater Flint
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Alan Slater Flint, 89, longtime resident of Newport, died peacefully on June 18, 2011, surrounded by his loving family after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Born March 4, 1922, in Randolph to the late Harold and Ann (MacDougal), he was the eldest of four children.  He spent his youth in Randolph graduating from Randolph High School in 1940.
Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Air Force in 1940 and served as master sergeant in World War II stationed all over U.S. as well as Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean and Brazil, South America.  Honorably discharged in 1945, Mr. Flint continued to serve in the Air Force Reserves while pursuing a variety of interests and vocations.
His fascination with photography led to employment at the Purdie’s Photography Studio in Boston in 1946 and 1947.
On June 15, 1946 he married the former Joyce Washburn of Orford, New Hampshire.  This year they celebrated their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary.
He transitioned vocations, fine-tuning his craftsmanship, working at the Furniture Mill, then Lamsons Furniture Store until 1953.
His career took a new direction when he became a U.S. Customs agent in 1953 stationed in Canaan, Beecher Falls, and Norton.  He was transferred to Montreal in 1960 through 1967, working at Dorval Airport.  He later returned to the states, settling in Newport and working on the Canadian border at Derby Line and Beebe until 1975.  He was transferred to Toronto for pre-clearance and served as a firearms instructor until his retirement in 1982.
Little known facts:  Mr. Flint revealed his potential for architecture when he purchased the old Customs house in Canaan and physically moved it down the street, remodeling it into the family residence.  It still stands today as a symbol of his ingenuity and uniqueness.
He was a vital participant in all of the communities he lived in.  His civic affiliations included firefighter’s and sheriff’s departments in Randolph; serving on the Newport Zoning Board, working at the Newport Welcome Center, and as president of the Lakemont Association.  He held fraternal memberships in both the Freemasons and Promise Keepers.
An excellent skier and skater, Mr. Flint ran the Randolph Skating Rink and served on the Jay Peak Ski Patrol for many seasons.
His passion for flying translated into a successful business venture when he founded Kingdom Air Photo, taking aerial photographs of many properties in the Northeast Kingdom. Holding a pilot’s license helped him enjoy an ardor for soaring through the skies in his favorite mode of travel, the Stearman Biplane; subsequently his liaison with the Newport Airport was extensive. The only drawback was the necessity to land, as flying was the epitome of freedom.
After retirement, he and his wife spent many winters in Florida, residing in Branford, Venice, Englewood, and Zephyrhills.
Mr. Flint embodied the full meaning of a Renaissance man.  Limitless in his capacity for development and knowledge, he embraced life, learning, and knew the true meaning of joy.
His first love was his wife and family.  A devoted husband, proud father and grandfather and loyal friend, he was an exceptional role model and thoughtful man. Family reunions and holiday gatherings always brought out his fun-loving spontaneity and exceptional humor.  His quick wit was his trademark.  But it was his wisdom and insight that underscored his authenticity.
His penchant for creating spanned a vast array of disciplines.  An avid fisherman, he was an expert at carpentry, knowledgeable as an electrician, plumber, tailor, enjoyed being a hobbyist, collector, car enthusiast, mentor, and theatrical performer.  He loved music of all genres, and dancing, and was an active member of the North Country Swingers Square Dancing for years in both the U.S. and Canada.
He constructed a plethora of sets, props, and costumes for QNEK Productions and became part of the acting company with his debut in Dearly Departed.  But it was his cameo appearance in Forever Plaid and the memorable featured role as Mr. Rose in Hello, Dolly that gleaned him accolades on stage.
Mr. Flint is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Flint; son Douglas Alan Flint and his wife, Lynn Leimer Flint, and daughter, Debra Jean (Flint) Gosselin and her husband, Richard Gosselin, all of Newport; by grandchildren, Philip Gosselin of New York City, Heather Barnes-Flint of Burlington, and Elisabeth Barnes-Flint of Winooski; by step-grandchildren Kristin Camp of Burlington and First Petty Officer Charles Camp and his wife, Trishaa Camp, of Hanford, California; by several nieces, nephews, and stepgreat-grandchildren; and by sisters Marjorie Johnson of Englewood, Florida, and Lake Champlain and Betty and Sherman Salter of Randolph, by his brother, Dean Flint and his wife, Betsy, of Provo, Utah, by in-laws Horton and Jerry Washburn of Orford, New Hampshire, and by Laura and Herb Verry of Orford.  He was predeceased by sister-in-laws Jeanne (Washburn) Chase and Lucille (Washburn) Brookes.
Mr. Flint’s legacy will continue because he lived with an overwhelming generosity of spirit, was sharing and compassionate, and deliberate and succinct in thought, word and deed.  In the immortal words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:  “A life well lived will exhibit the following:  To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
Alan Flint succeeded.  He embodied a successful life well lived, well loved, and will be well remembered and dearly missed.  An ordinary man who fashioned an extraordinary life, he can finally experience the freedom to fly forever on angel wings.
The family of Alan Flint would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the staff of Bel-Aire Nursing Home for their superb care and concern. Thank you to the staff of Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford for the expertise and support.
There will be a celebration of his life at the United Church of Newport, Third Street, on June 22 at 11 a.m. officiated by the Reverend Steven Jungkeit.  A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.  There will be no calling hours.  Interment will be in Randolph at the Veterans’ Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Haskell Opera House, P.O. Box 337, Derby Line, Vermont 05830, or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, New York 10008-0780.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at:  www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Kate (Calhoun) Lewis
Kate (Calhoun) Lewis, 79, of Derby Line died peacefully on June 13, 2011, at home after a long illness, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on February 15, 1932, in Dover, New Jersey, a daughter of George and Belle (Coley) Calhoun.
She attended, and graduated from, Roxbury High School in Roxbury, New Jersey.
On July 2, 1950, she married Herbert C. Lewis at her parents’ home in Mount Arlington, New Jersey.
She was the beloved wife of 61 years of Herbert C. Lewis, and the beloved mother of:  Dave Lewis and his wife, Denise, of Budd Lake, New Jersey, Sharon Lewis of Derby Line, Daniel Lewis and his wife, Vicky, of Derby Line, Bob Lewis and his wife, Cheryl, of Oakridge, New Jersey.  She is also survived by the following grandchildren:  David J. Lewis, Jennifer Lewis, Sydny Carter, Nicholas Lewis, Rebecca Lewis, Brandon Lewis, and Noelle Lewis.  She was the sister of Robert Calhoun of Island Pond, James Calhoun of Athens, Pennsylvania, and George Calhoun of Confluence, Pennsylvania.  She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.  She was predeacesed by a brother, David Calhoun, of Morgan.
Mrs. Lewis was a friend to everyone, and welcomed all with a loving and accepting heart.  She spent her years as a devoted and loving wife, mother, and homemaker.
She was an avid, accomplished, and professional knitter and crocheter, she shared her beautiful handiwork with many.  She also applied herself extensively, and was devoted to, her ministry as one of Jehovah's witnesses.  Mrs. Lewis was a true matriarch of her family who always provided ongoing support, guidance, love and friendship.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her.
A memorial service in her honor was held on June 17 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Newport.  A gathering for refreshments and fellowship followed.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Newport Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, care of Ken Newfield, P.O. Box 395, Derby Line, Vermont.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Steven Lussier
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Steven R. Lussier Sr., 57, of West Burke, died suddenly at his home Wednesday afternoon June 15, 2011.
He was born May 9, 1954, in St. Johnsbury, a son of Roger and Evelyn (Walker) Lussier.
He was a graduate of Lyndon Institute’s class of 1972 where he played football and basketball.
He owned and operated Blair’s Mobil Homes in Lyndon for over 20 years.  He also created a housing development located in Sheffield. Following the sale of Blair’s Mobil Homes, he worked for Vermont Aerospace for several years.  He then worked for Kennemetal Industries in Lyndonville for several years as well.  Recently he had worked with his father, Roger, and his son Robert in land development and construction in Vermont and New York.
An avid sportsman, Mr. Lussier played many sports, including softball, horseshoes, bowling, and golf.  Hunting and fishing were also some of his favorite pastimes.  He was a member of the Tom Breslin Center in Lyndonville and is remembered as having a nice personality.  He will be dearly missed.
Survivors include his two sons, Steven Lussier Jr. and his wife, Sarah, of Fairfax, and Robert Lussier of Lyndonville; his granddaughter Emma Lussier who was his pride and joy; his parents, Roger and Evelyn Lussier, of Lyndonville; his sister Kathleen Pearl and her husband, Ronald, of Lyndon; three brothers and their wives:  Reginald and Heidi Lussier of Kirby, Richard and Virginia Lussier of Lyndon, and David and Lise Lussier of Lyndon; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services were held in Lyndonville on June 20 at the Guibord Funeral Home with the Reverend Father Fernand Gosselin officiating. Burial followed at the William-Dexter Cemetery in Sheffield.
In lieu of flowers, donations made in Mr. Lussier’s memory may be directed to the Lyndonville Fire Department, P. O. Box 126, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.
Private online condolences and remembrances may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com.
Mary Louise Marsh
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Just shy of her ninety-first birthday, Mary Louise Marsh of West Ferrisburgh died on June 13, 2011, in the ARCH Hospice Room at Helen Porter in Middlebury, surrounded by her family.
She was born on Shuteville Mountain in Albany, on June 17, 1920, one of ten children born to Lewis and Elvia (Shatney ) Mason.  She was educated at the Brown School in Albany. On November 2, 1936, she married Dale B. Marsh.
Because of Mr. Marsh’s construction jobs, they lived all over the state before moving to the DAR State Park in Addison where Mrs. Marsh became the first park caretaker.  They settled at Button Bay State Park when Mr. Marsh became maintenance supervisor for the Department of Forests and Parks and continued to live at Button Bay for the rest of her life.  Before retiring, Mr. and Mrs. Marsh served as the first park rangers for Kingsland Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh.
One of Mrs. Marsh’s favorite memories was serving as hostess for the 1962 Girl Scout Round-Up at Button Bay, where she welcomed girls from all over the world in her backyard.  She was known for her twinkling blue eyes, radiant smile, kind and gentle way, and her soothing voice that would make any bad situation better.   She was a wonderful cook and made the best apple pies and fried bread dough around.
Mrs. Marsh was the epitome of a mother, the “best grammy in the world,” the matriarch of five generations and a loyal friend.  She loved children and children loved her.  She loved to rock babies, sing, and tell bedtime stories.  She loved having company, and no one ever left her home hungry.  She enjoyed camping, deer hunting, and fishing with her husband, driving around in her white convertible, drinking tea with her friends, sharing a box of chocolates, having Kahlua and milk on special occasions, going out to eat and attending VUHS basketball games.  She was as generous as she was kind, always making sure her family and friends came first.
Through the years she was a member of the Vergennes United Methodist Church, UMW, Christian Women’s Club, home dem, and garden club.
Mrs. Marsh is survived by her son, Stewart Marsh and his friend, Patty Fuller, of Vergennes; daughter Elaine Horner and her friend, David Poutry, of Albany; daughter Joan Marsh-Reed and her husband, Walter, of Button Bay; and daughter-in-law Claudia Marsh of Vergennes.  She also leaves grandchildren Joanne Chase and her husband, Rudy, Lauren Michaud and her husband, Carl, Paige Horner, Jessica Kimball, Jason Marsh and friend, Jamie Rainville, Coty Dayton Marsh, Jade Reed and his wife, Kayla; great-grandchildren:  Karen, Valerie, Nick, Troy, Ben, Desmah, Ayla, Devon, Casey, Jordan and Tyler; great-great granddaughters Olivia and Averie; many nieces, nephews and friends; and her cat, Bob.  She was predeceased by her husband, Dale, in 1991; two daughters, Audrey and Madge; son-in-law Marcel Horner; and siblings Leonard, Mitchell, Chelsia, Roger, Abner, Desmah, Hilda, Sidney, and Jesse.
A celebration of life was held on June 16 at the Vergennes United Methodist Church with the Reverend Gary Lewis officiating.  Burial was at the Albany Village Cemetery in Albany.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Marsh’s name may be made to the ARCH Room, Ltd., P.O. Box 953. Middlebury, Vermont 05753.
Mrs. Marsh would want everyone to remember to say “thank you,” as she did right up until the end, and to be kind to others, as she has always been.  No one is perfect but she was as close as one could get.
Arrangements by the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home.
Tessie E. Smith
Tessie E. Smith, 81, of North Troy died at her home on Friday, June 17, 2011, after a long illness.
She was born in Troy on September 17, 1929, a daughter of Albert and Belle (Peters) Lahue.
As a young woman, she worked at the mill in North Troy and married Walter Smith on September 3, 1954.
She was a 40-year member of the American Legion Auxillary Unit Jay Peak Post # 28.  For many years she and her husband enjoyed camping.  Also, she loved to play bingo, knit and play the game Aggravation with family members and did not like to lose.  So the game's name matched her mood on those occasions — "very aggravated."  She especially loved her family coming to visit and family get-togethers.
She is survived by her daughter Mary Cota and her husband, Arnold, and their children:  Susan Galofaro and her husband, Richard, of California, Dean Cota and his wife, Cindy, and their son Aden of Milton as well as Cindy's children Sabrina, Tyler, Andrea, and Mariah Rocque, and Karen Cota and her fiancé, Doug Sheahan, of California; also by her daughter Kathy Mayhew and her husband, Marcel, of Jay and their daughter Angela Mead and her husband, James, and their children Sierra and Tyler Mead all of Newport Center, Melinda Smith and her son Mathieu of Jay; and by nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her son Albert in 2009; by her brothers Arthur, Howard, and Ralph; and by sisters Mable Clark, Roberta Clark, Alberta Lahue, Pearl Greenham, and Mildred Macie.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Rick Shover officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, June 23, from noon until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will take place at a later date in North Troy Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport,Vermont 05855, to the Ladies Auxillary Post #28, care of Clara Mayhew, North Troy American Legion, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859, or to Missisquoi Valley Ambulance, P.O. Box 131, Troy, Vermont 05868.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Alan David Sophrin
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Alan David Sophrin, 90, died on May 12, 2011, at the Central Vermont Medical Center.  His daughter Gail was with him.
Born on July 28, 1920, in Akron, Ohio, Mr. Sophrin grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.  His father, Michael, was Jewish.  His mother, Mary, was Irish Catholic.
Mr. Sophrin attended college at Case Western Reserve and at Kent State.  A law student at Ohio State in December 1941, “Stringbean” Sophrin joined the Army Air Force, gaining just enough weight to pass the enlistment physical on his second try.  In a Stearman open cockpit biplane, he learned to fly.
On November 15, 1943, he married Virginia Margaret Looker at the Alliance Army Airfield in Nebraska.  On June 6, 1944 his troop carrier squadron crossed the English Channel in the first minutes of D-Day, dropping paratroops into Normandy.  Later Mr. Sophrin carried paratroops and towed gliders into the south of France, into Holland, to Bastogne, and on March 24, 1945, into Germany.
After the war, Mr. Sophrin practiced law in Cuyahoga Falls.  On the Republican ticket, he was elected city solicitor.  He held three elective offices.  He preferred political philosophy to politics, though, and writing to practicing law.  He favored the constitutional separation of church and state. He opposed Joseph McCarthy.  Ultimately, he took up the defense of Dr. Hyman Lumer, a labor activist accused of violating the Taft-Hartley Act. He lost the high-profile case.
In 1960 Mr. Sophrin left the law and moved his family to Vermont.  In Burlington he worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor.  He wrote two books for young people:  Quiet Rebel (John Day, 1967), and The Newcomer (John Day, 1968).  He wrote on smaller scales, too.  When a reviewer in Burlington complained that the Champlain Shakespeare Festival‘s Richard III was so long it had “made me seat-weary,” ticket sales dwindled. He wrote a letter to the editor.  He praised the fine production.  He regretted that it had “made the reviewer seat weary.”  Ticket sales resumed.
In 1968 Mr. and Mrs. Sophrin moved to Brandon.  They worked for many years at the training school.  Mr. Sophrin continued to write, and to do things his way.  When an administrator forbade school residents to visit Texas Falls without a lifeguard, Mr. Sophrin renewed his Red Cross lifeguard certification.  He was 53.  At the Community College of Vermont’s Middlebury campus, he moonlighted as instructor in effective speaking.  His texts — audio recordings where possible — included Lincoln’s address at Gettysburg and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream.”  His students adored him.
Mrs. Sophrin died in 1985.  During the last months of her life, Mr. Sophrin cared for her at home.  In 1986 he bought ten acres of wilderness in Ames Park on Seymour Lake in Morgan.  Living at first in a tent with his dog, Helga, he built an unprepossessing cottage commanding one of the finest views on the lake.  Knowing only the rudiments of house building, he read books on the subject as he worked.  He became a part of the community of neighbors on Ames Road and in Winape Hills on Echo Lake in Charleston.  He met Constance Colligan, a local artist.  On November 25, 1989, Mr. Sophrin and Ms. Colligan married.
Mr. Sophrin resumed writing his newspaper column, “From This Angle.”  With titles like “Takeover” (Mr. Sophrin’s plan to buy General Motors on credit); “Newt Speaks Frankly” (“ . . . a political leader who has the courage to come right out and say he speaks frankly”) and “Terrorism Readiness Advice” (“Blue Alert:  Drink one double martini . . .”), the column’s pointed satire won both fans and detractors.  When the column was discontinued, a reader recounted to Mr. Sophrin her conversation with the editor of the Bennington Banner:  “I told her that as far as I was concerned your range was from brilliant to very brilliant, and I did not think I would renew my subscription.”  Mr. Sophrin composed his columns in pencil on a yellow legal pad.  In defense of the pencil and in defense of thinking, he contributed an essay to Minutes of the Lead Pencil Club (Pushcart Press, 1996).  Fellow essayists included Russell Baker and Henry Thoreau.
Mr. Sophrin served as a director of the Seymour Lake Association.  He worked on the newsletter.  He chaired the personal watercraft committee, fighting to limit the use of jet skis. Well into his eighties, he loved to swim.  To maintain his once flawless front crawl, he swam at Stanstead College in the winter.  For his eighty-fifth birthday, he wanted a kayak.
Selectively quoting Lord Byron, Mr. Sophrin wrote in his high school yearbook, “Let us have mirth and laughter.”  The excellent staff at Rowan Court in Barre, where he moved in October 2008, will attest that Mr. Sophrin never relinquished his sense of humor.  Nor his habit of reading.  Nor his sense of fairness:  By agreement with his friend Richard, a medic in the Pacific in WWII and a fellow resident at Rowan Court, Mr. Sophrin took credit only for winning the war in Europe.  In the Pacific, Richard won.
In Charleston Mr. Sophrin leaves his wife, Constance, and her son, Steve.  In New York he leaves Constance’s daughters Christine and Margaret, and her son Robert.  He leaves his daughters Gail, of Barre, and Helene, of Ithaca, New York, and Helene’s stepdaughter Susanna Porte, of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
A gathering to celebrate Mr. Sophrin’s life will be held at Seymour Lake in July.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center, online or at 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, Alabama 36104.
Eleanor Clarissa Stoughton
Eleanor Clarissa Stoughton died at her home in Ipswich, Massachusetts, on  June 8, 2011, at the age of 92.
She was born on June 1, 1919, in Orleans.
Mrs. Stoughton was predeceased by her beloved husband of 45 years, Frank Latham Stoughton; a brother, Franklin Elliott Skinner; a daughter, Laura Russo; and a son, Elliott Stoughton.  She is survived by her daughter, Helen Anderson of Ipswich, and her sons:  Frank Stoughton of Hampton, New Hampshire; Preston Stoughton of Columbia, Maryland; and David Stoughton of Gaithersburg, Maryland; by nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, who are living in Haverill, Massachusetts, Hudson, New Hampshire, Somerville, Massachusetts; Burlington, North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky, Silver Spring, Maryland, and Boulder, Colorado.
Mrs. Stoughton’s parents were Hazel Cinderella and Preston Carlos Skinner of Orleans.  She graduated from Orleans High School and from Lasell College in Auburndale, Massachusetts.  Following her marriage to Frank Latham Stoughton in 1941, her family moved to Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1947 where she served as homemaker for her husband, their six children and Mr. Stoughton’s father, Harrison David Stoughton.  She was also active in Bethany Congressional Church.
In 1969, Mr. and Mrs. Stoughton moved to Newport Beach, California, and subsequently Costa Mesa where she was an active member of the women's Club.  Following her husband’s death in 1987, Mrs. Stoughton moved to Laguna Beach and later Laguna Niguel, California.  While residing in Laguna Beach, she became an accomplished shuffleboard player and served as president of the Laguna Beach Shuffleboard Club.  In 2004, she moved to Ipswich.
Mrs. Stoughton worked many jobs including bank teller, grocery store clerk, and assistant manager of a clothing boutique.  All of her life she was a sports enthusiast.  In her early years she was an avid tennis player, skier and golfer.  She loved baseball and was an ardent fan of the California Angels and the Boston Red Sox.
The family has planned a private memorial service.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Stoughton’s memory may be made to the Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston at www.hns.com, or by mail to 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B102, Danvers, Massachusetts 01923, or to the First Congressional Church of Rowley, by mail to P.O. Box 364, Rowley, Massachusetts 01969.
Committal Services
Committal services for Alice Diette will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 24, at the St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.
Committal services for Dorothy Willey will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 24, at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.
 
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