GRAND ISLE -- Leo B. Spear Jr., 62, of Grand Isle, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in the UVM Medical Center after a prolonged illness.

Born on March 5, 1952, in New Haven, Conn., Bernie was the son of the late Leo B. Spear Sr., and Joan (MacDonald) Spear. He graduated from Wilbraham (Mass.) High School where he played varsity football. After high school, he attended Paul Smith's College. He was an active parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Parish and was employed for many years as a carpenter at Leo B. Spear Construction Co. in Massachusetts and Vermont, and later at Ciambro Corporation and S.D. Ireland.

Bernie loved fishing and hunting with his Labrador retrievers. He often reminisced about a canoe trip for giant brook trout on the legendary Broadback River in northern Quebec with his father; brother, Donald; uncle, George; and cousin, Ned.

He was predeceased by his parents, Leo and Joan Spear of Grand Isle; uncle, Kenneth Spear; and aunts, Ruth Wingate, Genevieve Millard, and Helen Abel.

He is survived by his brother, Donald A. Spear; and uncle, George A. Spear, both of Grand Isle; as well as many friends and cousins including, Rose Zeo of Ipswich, Mass., and Ned Spear of Swanton. Special remembrances also to Matthew Spear of Isle LaMotte; and family friend, June Thibault of Colchester.

At Bernie's request, there will be no visiting hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a later date, with interment in the spring in the family lot in Grand Isle. Arrangements are by Stephen C. Gregory & Son Cremation Service, Shelburne, www.gregorycremation.com.

Contributions in Bernie's name may be made to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, PO Box 459, South Hero, VT 05486.


 VERGENNES -- Laurie Hutchins, born on Dec. 6, 1960, passed away on Oct. 4, 2014.

Laurie spent most of her life as a cook at local restaurants and a bouncer at a local bar. Laurie especially enjoyed doing fundraising for local charities and families in need. Laurie also enjoyed hosting a July 4th barbecue for family and friends every year.

Laurie is survived by her three sons, Michael Tucker of Hinesburg, Justin Hutchins of Vergennes, and Jack Hutchins of Panton; three siblings, Brian Curler and wife, Colleen, of Panton, Tammy Burbo and husband, Joe, of Vergennes, and Mark Curler and companion, Shirley, of Panton; five grandchildren; one great-niece; and seven nieces and nephews. Laurie was predeceased by both of her parents.

A gathering of close friends and family will be held at Christian Reform Church in Vergennes on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. Please feel free to bring a dish to share. Any contributions can be made in Laurie's name to cancer research.

Arrangements in care of Stephen C. Gregory and Son, www.gregorycremation.com.


SHELBURNE -- Paul R. Butler, 67, died on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born in Ludlow on Aug. 4, 1947, the son of the late Muriel (Hastings) and Hartwell Butler. He graduated from Black River High School and Rutland Business School. Paul was employed by the State of Vermont. He was recently recognized by the Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) for his 30 years of service. Paul was dedicated to the mission of serving Vermont families in need. He was noted to be extremely well respected, both among his colleagues and in the community, for his extreme dedication and leadership.

Survivors are his brothers, Mr. John Butler and wife, Jeanne, of South Burlington, Mr. Michael Butler and wife, Beverly, of Ludlow; sister, Mrs. Rebecca Bixby and husband, Louis, of Ruskin, Fla.; three nephews, Peter and Matthew Bixby, and Aaron Butler; lifelong friends, Barb and Jim Massucci, and their children, Elizabeth, Ian, and Noah; and Heather Grimes, who was very supportive to Paul these past few months.

Paul was passionate about the seaside in Maine and had a favorite spot that he returned to for at least the last 20 years. He was an avid NY Yankee fan. Paul is remembered fondly by his nephews for all the time, love and guidance they received from their uncle.

Paul highly commended the genuine caring received from his Oncology nurse, Julie Shevlin, NP, Janet Ely, and physician, Dr. Chris Nunnick. The family would like to recognize and thank FAHC and the organization's amazing and skilled staff who contributed to Paul's care, and supporting his courageous spirit, this includes the nursing staff on McClure 6, the ER, the Radiation Therapy staff, and the Oncology clinic staff.

Paul's wishes were for cremation and to have his ashes spread between his favorite Maine get-a-way, a family spot in Ludlow, and gravesite of fond Massucci pets in Craftsbury. There will be visiting hours on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Stephen C. Gregory and Son, 472 Meadowland Drive, South Burlington, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 2 p.m. The family invites you to share your memories by visiting www.gregorycremation.com.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Paul's memory to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495; or to Vermont Public Radio, 365 Troy Ave., Colchester, VT 05446.