George “Gordon” Brown
George “Gordon” Brown passed away on Sept. 27, 2014. Gordon lived in Charlotte, Vt. since 2005 at the home of his son, Cameron, and his family. Gordon was an active member of the Charlotte community, volunteering his time at the Senior Center and for various town committees and functions. He cherished his time in Vermont, dating back to his many years of skiing and helping his son Stuart run a dairy farm in Hinesburg. Gordon enjoyed being with his family, traveling to Bermuda, and spending time with his dear friends in Charlotte. He had a great sense of humor, always welcomed interesting and intelligent conversation, and encouraged lively political debates. He was born in 1927 in to Dorothy Marjorie Brown and George Gordon Brown, immigrants from Ireland. With his sister Marjorie and his parents, Gordon was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. where he attended Brooklyn College and met his wife, Sarah Amelia Cochran. Having served in the United States Army for a special intelligence unit that worked to intercept and decode encrypted messages, he had an extensive network of military friends. Later, he worked in Manhattan in the business of marine insurance, commuting from Ridgewood, N.J. where he and Sarah raised their children. Gordon is survived by his sister, Marjorie, and her husband Jack of Port Richey, Fla.; his four children: son Gordon and his wife Joyce of Mission Viejo, Calif., son Cameron and his wife Jodi of Charlotte, son Stuart and his wife Michelle of Durango, Colo., and his daughter Nancy of Charlotte, N.C. He also leaves 14 grandchildren, and another due in January, as well as three great-grandchildren, with another due in November. A memorial service will be held at the Charlotte Senior Center on Sunday, Oct.26 at 4:30pm. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Charlotte Senior Center.
Allyson (Davis) Ledoux
Allyson (Davis) Ledoux, 61, of Wilder, died peacefully at home on Oct. 10, 2014, after an extended illness. Ally was born on Feb. 19, 1953, in Burlington, the daughter of Philip H. Davis and Phyllis D. Powell. She graduated from the Northfield Mount Herman School in 1971, and UVM in 1975, majoring in vocal performance. She received a Master’s in Education in Creative Arts in Learning from Leslie College in 1994. She also earned a Kodaly Certification from KMTI at Hartt School of Music. Ally’s passion for music was reflected in her 30-year career as a music teacher in Colchester and Charlotte. Through her energy, talent and skill, she introduced thousands of children to music throughout her teaching career. When you think of Ally, you think of music. A talented and versatile vocalist, she performed extensively in the local Burlington scene with a number of bands in the ‘70s and ‘80s. She was also a classically trained soprano, and sang with the Oriana Singers and UVM Choral Union and local churches for many years. Ally is survived by her loving husband, William “Bill,” whom she married in 1995; mother, Phyllis; daughters, Emily Fortune (Rudy), and her granddaughter, Tylie-Rose Cherilus, of Manchester, N.H.; and Katie Lamphere (Nick) and their children, Domynic and Ariyanna, of Colchester; brother, John Davis (Wanda) of Burlington; nephews, George Davis of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Tim Davis of Williston; sister-in-law, the Rev. Jean Morrow (Rick’s wife); niece, Elizabeth Davis of Sioux Falls, S.D.; stepmother, Barbara Davis (Dale) of Palm Coast, Fla.; and stepchildren, Mathew Ledoux (Jane) and their children, Rachel and Brianna, of St. Albans; Nicholas Ledoux (Robin) of Salt Lake City, Utah; and Brandy Harris (Joshua) and their children, Kadence, Benjamin, and Colton, of Ocala, Fla. Allyson is also survived by her former husband and father of her daughters, Tom Fortune (Claudette) of Keene, N.H. She was predeceased by her father; and brother, Richard Davis. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of DHMC, Hanover Terraces Rehab, Visiting Nurse and Hospice of VT & NH, and Kathy’s caregivers for their thoughtful care. Calling hours will be Friday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 8pm. at the Charlotte Central School, 408 Hinesburg Rd., Charlotte. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10am, followed by a reception at the Charlotte Congregational Church, 403 Church Hill Rd., Charlotte. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center; or support any arts-related organization of your choice.
John R. Giroux – Hinesburg
John R. Giroux, 58, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Fletcher Allen Health Care surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Springfield, the son of the late Jack and Shirley (Raymond) Giroux. He graduated from Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg and made his career in drywall, earning the title Exceptional Finisher. John married the love of his life, Pamela Dudley, on March 21, 1975. He had a special love for his family, and was a faithful NASCAR fan. John is survived his wife, Pam; two sons, Robby and partner, Christina, of St. George, and Christopher and Kahlie of Hinesburg; brother, James Giroux and wife, Cori, of Richmond; sister, Jill Knudson of Williston; grandchildren, Olivia, Isabelle, Katie, and Colton; nieces, Marissa, and Shelby; nephews, Brendon, Colby, and Ethan; uncle, Gene Giroux and wife, Norma; aunts, Sally Gabert, Rose Hanson and husband, Charlie, and Joan Carlyle and husband, Robert; and many cousins and friends. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Fletcher Allen Health Care ICU for the wonderful, compassionate care that John received. Honoring John’s wishes, there are no formal services planned.
George “Gordon” Brown