Obituaries

Harold A. Smith – Hinesburg

Harold A. Smith passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, surrounded by family. He was born on March 8, 1936, in Burlington, where he married the former Donna Gee who predeceased him in 2007, as did his parents and brother earlier. His wife and he had five children, Judith Audette of Brownsville, Susan Conley of Hinesburg, Karen Socinski of Essex, Steven Smith of Essex, and James Smith of Port St. Lucie, Fla. He is survived by them and their respective spouses, as well as 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; Johanna; and a large extended family. Harold was employed by Vermont Structural Steel and Reliance Steel until his retirement and was a parishioner at St. Jude’s in Hinesburg. He enjoyed his camp at Lake Carmi and loved sharing his “little paradise” with his family and friends. Harold knew how to cherish the “little things” in life and was filled with wonder and amazement. One had to only watch him filling his birdfeeders and providing for countless chipmunks to know that the world around him was precious to him on many levels. He often said that we had to be appreciative and thankful for as much as we had. Harold loved and was loved by his large family and was affectionately known as “Papa G.G.” (Grouchy Grandpa). His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were amused by his antics, especially his famous “Good-Bye Hug.” In truth, the world is a better place because of his having been in it. A Funeral Mass for Harold was held Monday, April 13, 2015, at St. Jude’s Parish in Hinesburg, with burial at the convenience of the family in the spring. Thank you to the University of Vermont Medical Center, and for the countless thoughts and prayers that were extended.

 

James Hight Hayford Jr. – Burlington

James H. Hayford, 78, passed peacefully of heart failure in his Burlington home on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, surrounded by family. Jim (“Jamie”) as he was known to his family and friends, was born on Jan. 21, 1937, an only child, to the late James and Helen (Emerson) Hayford in Lyndonville, Vt. Jim attended Lyndon Institute and graduated Orleans High School 1955. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a photographer’s mate and later the U.S. Air Force in electronics and meteorology. After working for Business Systems of VT (Applied Graphics) G B Rood Co. 71-72, Associates at GNS TeleSystems, he became self-employed as a one man operation selling audio visual equipment to schools and businesses in northern and central Vermont from 1976 until his retirement in 2011. With his parents, both teachers, he lived many places including West Burke and Manchester, Vt., but finally settled in Burlington, a neighborhood and a city he grew to love dearly. A true native Vermonter who reveled in the wonder of its beauty every day, especially Lake Champlain, where he was an avid boater for many years. He also enjoyed swimming, took great pride in maintaining his pool, his house, bike riding and table-tennis. Those who were fortunate to call Jim a friend will remember his wit, keen intelligence, humor, genuineness, generosity and commitment and loyalty to friends. Also, his thirst for knowledge and experiences, sports, especially table-tennis, his passion, including the Vermont State Championship six times and a lifetime member of the U.S. Table Tennis Association. Jim could speak in depth on many different subjects ranging from politics, sports, film, to music and more. He was a conversationalist, interested listener, an avid reader of history, especially Civil War, loving long discussions with anyone interested. Giving to people in need was of great importance to him. To his children, things he passed on, lessons he taught: perseverance, self-reliance, a strong work ethic, a way to debate and to appreciate topics and the world we live in. He always remembered birthdays, holidays and phone calls to gap the distance. He parts a deep appreciation for poetry and music as influenced by his parents of who his father was a writer and held them both with high regard. Jim was happy to have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in February with Lucy. Among Jim’s survivors is a daughter, Ellen (Tom) Miller of Hinesburg, Vt., their children, Melissa and Cameron; and a stepchild Stephanie (Peter) Pizzagalli of Charlotte, Vt., and their children, Hunter and Coleton; and by a brother-in-law, Donald Brean of Hinesburg. Thanks to his many friends that are too numerous to mention, you know who you are. Many thanks to Dr. Frank Landry and Dr. Janet Kirwan for their loving support and care and great appreciation to the Burlington Fire, Police, and Rescue. As per Jim’s wishes, there will be no services. A memorial gathering will be announced at a later date to celebrate his life. Burial will also be at a later date in West Burke at the convenience of the family. For those who wish, contributions in honor of Jim’s memory may be directed to WHAT 333 7th Ave., New York, NY 10001-5004, or www.doctorswithoutborders.com.

Barbara (Hyndman) Anderson – Shelburne

Barbara Anderson, of Shelburne, former longtime resident of Charlotte, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2015. Barbara was born in Framingham, Mass., on Nov. 26, 1926, the daughter of Rhubena Wilde and Brenton A. Hyndman. Barbara graduated from Framingham High School and the University of Massachusetts with a B.S. degree. She was employed by Western Mass Electric Company as a home economist after college. She married Frederick N. Anderson, Jr., on Sept. 15, 1951, and resided in Scotia, N.Y., for several years, later moved to Burlington and then to Charlotte in 1965, where they lived for over 45 years. Barbara was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. For many years, she was a member of the Burlington Garden Club, the Klifa Club, Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae groups, and the PEO Foundation. She was a dedicated lifelong volunteer, active with Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the annual Cancer Drive for many years. She was a member of the Charlotte Congregational Church since the 1960s, serving on the Grounds Committee, the Restoration Committee, the Parsonage Committee, and the Ladies Aid Group. Barbara and her husband, Fred, enjoyed growing and selling Christmas trees to local families for over 35 years. She played bridge once a week with her beloved friends over the course of her adult life, and if not playing bridge, she was playing tennis or working in her flower and vegetable gardens. Barbara and Fred enjoyed many years of collecting antiques, and driving the backroads of Vermont together. Barbara was happiest when busy helping others, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and hers cats. She is survived by her daughter, Gail and husband, John Chiodo, and their daughter, Maya L., of Novato, Calif.; and son, Brenton D. Anderson and wife, Jamie, of Etna, N.H., and their three children, Tyler W., William B., and Elizabeth W. Barbara was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Fred; and youngest son, Robert Scott of Burlington. The Anderson family wishes to thank the kind and loving people of The Shores at Shelburne Bay, and the amazing nurses on 6th Floor McClure at the UVM Medical Center for making Barbara’s final days so peaceful. A memorial service will be held at the Charlotte Congregational Church on Friday, April 17, 2015, at 2pm. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Howard Center, 208 Flynn Ave., Ste. 3J, Burlington, VT 05401; or the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495.