John Josiah Bartlett True, 76 years of age was received into the healing arms of our Lord Jesus on November 1, 2016. He died of complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
The funeral service will be held at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church on 1063 Prim Road in Colchester, Vermont, where John was a member, on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 4:30 PM. The Reverend Lisette Baxter, Rector will perform the ceremony with burial immediately after the service also at Saint Andrew’s.
John was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts son of Dr. Ansel and Evelyn (Ullman) True on January 14, 1940. He graduated from Mount Hermon, Northfield Massachusetts in 1958, Keene State College with a BS in education in 1966 and the University of Vermont with a Masters in Education in 1992. He was in the Army from 1959-1962 where he served two of those years in Okinawa. He often spoke of fondness for the region and the people.
He taught math at Lyman C. Hunt and later at Edmunds Middle Schools until retirement in 1995. On weekends and school vacation time, he drove bus for Vermont Transit. He drove full time for them from 1995, until the end of 2006. He had served as a volunteer on the Colchester Fire department and Mallett’s Bay Rescue in the 1980’s. While living in Monkton Vermont he served for a while on the planning commission and the Emergency Response Team.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years Sandra (McClaren / Broderick), his children Jennifer True Gustafsson and her husband Richard, Josiah (Josh) True and his partner Kate Hadden, Susan Broderick her partner John Carp, Michelle Broderick and her partner Paul Sayers and a combined eight beloved grandchildren, Trevor (Titus), Tyler, Simon, William, Rachel, Mattias, Caroline and Mayzee. John is also survived by two sisters Rachel Billings and her husband George, and Rebecca Norman and her husband Victor, Rosemary True wife of predeceased brother Stephen True.
John enjoyed life with family, friends, gardening, animals, traveling, occasional partying and his church community.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church or the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont.