Homer Raymond Bushey

Homer Raymond Bushey, 85, passed away July 19th 2018 at the VNA Respite House in Colchester VT. Homer was born June 9, 1933 in Cambridge VT to Alfred and Cecile Bushey. Homer farmed several years in Cambridge and drove for Vermont Transit for 35 years. In his spare time he loved to fish, deer hunt, and play cards. Survivors include his wife Pauline, and his children Gary and Jennifer Bushey of Indiana, Pam and Mark Studley of South Carolina, David and Michele Bushey of Fletcher Vermont, Brent and Teresa of Indiana, and Todd and Beth Bushey of Milton Vermont. Homer was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. The service will be held on August 3rd at 11am at the Holy Family Church Essex Junction. Following the mass there will be a celebration gathering at the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the VNA Respite House in Colchester, VT.

Sheila C. Hobbs

Sheila C. Hobbs, age 67, of South Burlington, VT passed away peacefully at the University of Vermont Medical Center on 4/25/2018.  Sheila was born on 3/10/1951 in Canton, NY to the late Melford and Irene Phalon Hobbs.  She graduated from H.C. Williams High School in 1969, and SUNY Potsdam in 1973 with a BA in Journalism/English, where she was a member of the Zeta Gamma Sigma Sorority.  She later received a Master’s in Social Work from St. Lawrence University.  Sheila was employed as a Child Protective Social Worker for the Department of Social Services in Canton, NY until her retirement.  She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and past president of the Canton Zonta Business Women’s Chapter.  A marriage to Rande Nezezon ended in divorce.  Sheila was an avid antiques and collectibles dealer and operated her own business, Pineapple Place.  She is survived by cousins, Janet Favro and Tim Phalon, Canton, NY; Barbara Favro, Cazenovia, NY; George Mattern, Phoenix City, Alabama; and her special dog, Tawney.  Donations may be made in her honor to the Humane Society of Chittenden County in South Burlington VT.

Alan Thorne Arthur

Alan Thorne Arthur, 76, of Grand Isle, died peacefully at home due to cancer on April 19th.  He was born in Evanston, Illinois to Leland and Elizabeth (Campbell) Arthur and was the younger brother to Donald.  Alan attended Hanover College and received his PhD in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1970.  He had a distinguished career in the pharmaceutical industry where he worked tirelessly in drug safety roles to ensure patient well being.  This theme of caring for others continued into retirement when he volunteered countless hours for the local community with C.I.D.E.R., the Grand Isle Fire Station, the Grand Isle County Mentoring Program and the Guardian Ad Litem program.  He also served as the Emergency Management Director for Grand Isle and in 2018 was awarded the Grand Isle Service Award.  In 1965 he married Sharon (Sims) Arthur, with whom he had three daughters Katherine, Jennifer and Anne.  Alan loved to travel, fish, and meet new people, although he never met a stranger.  He lived out the adage of trying anything once, from cruising around Cape Horn, to diving with sharks to continually creating new adventures for his family.  Alan leaves behind a legacy of his wife Sharon, three daughters, three sons-in-laws and four grandsons.  A memorial service will be held at the Congregational Church of South Hero on May 19th at 11 am and is open to all.  In honor of Alan’s dedication to helping local families, please bring a non-perishable food item to the memorial service for donation to the Island Food Shelves.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Food For Thought (C/O Congregational Church of South Hero, PO Box 99, 24 South St., South Hero, VT 05486), C.I.D.E.R. (PO Box 13, South Hero, VT 05486) or the Grand Isle Fire Station (PO Box 123, Grand Isle, VT 05458).

Frederick Grant Hill

Frederick Grant Hill was born 6 December 1935 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, grew up in nearby Bartlesville and died peacefully on 17 April 2018 at the Vermont Respite House in Williston, after a prolonged illness. He leaves behind his partner since 1979, Dianne Monaco; his son by first marriage, Tristram and daughter-in-law Preetha Kurudiyara, both physicians in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; granddaughters Zara and Violet; and stepbrother Tom Murray and stepsister Marion Murray Olivier of Texas.

Before passing away, Fred had the following reflections on his life:

“He was an artistic and commercial/industrial photographer; a collector of discarded materials, some now a perplex of industrial-wire sculptures; a writer of letters to editors and some children’s verse; and an omnivorous reader with a large, select and catalogued accumulation of books.

“Start to finish, Fred was a naive, conflicted small-town city boy: in love with Boston, at home in Burlington and comfortable with but unexcited by yard work in exurbia. He was solitary, introspective, friendly and likable but not sociable, at a loss for what to say after “Hello,” usually out of step, nor could he dance. Obsessively neat, he respected creative disorder but had to tidy it a bit. He enjoyed (and kept) his day jobs, lived frugally, arrived early for appointments and wondered at finding himself so often among free spirits, as he was not one.

“Less ambitious than curious, he preferred discovery and was exhilarated to find intuition serving better than his instinct for planning. His best accomplishments, including photographs, were accidental. He wondered if even acceptance by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology hadn’t been by mistaken identity. Math and physics inspired decades of reading. Thermodynamics, though, he flunked; a senior year requirement, it was clearly his limit, so he quit, with less regret than expected.

“Calling his formal education good, he proceeded with the informal. Reading was an adventure, learning still a habit, nothing else as much fun. In 1958 the U.S. Army assigned him to write film scripts at the Army Chemical Center in Maryland, where he waited a year for security clearance. No time wasted: he learned stagecraft at the little theatre, improvised a silent skit that brought modest chuckles from a packed house, and repaid his college loan.” Fred maintained a lifelong love of theatre, film and the arts thereafter.

Fred’s favorite charities included the Committee On Temporary Shelter (C.O.T.S.), the King Street Youth Center, the Food Shelf and Women Helping Battered Women. He requested that, in his memory “donations of any kind can be given to anyone anywhere if accompanied by an articulate letter on any subject, of 250 words.”