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Memorial announcements are sent to class members through either a letter or email, and are listed in the monthly enewsletter @NU and quarterly in The Record. In addition, a list of deceased alumni, known as the Roll of Honor, is read each year at Homecoming and printed in the annual Homecoming program.

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If you know of an alumnus/a or friend who has passed away recently, please send the notice and a copy of the obituary (if available) to Norwich.  Mail to The Alumni Office, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, Vermont 05663, call 802.485.2100, fax 802.485.2156, or email us.

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In Memoriam George A. Bell 2/22/2024  
George Bell of Bedford lived 76 years filled with joy, humor, and kindness until his passing on February 22, 2024. Although unexpected, his loving family was by his side holding his hand when he passed.

George was born on November 15, 1947 to the late Alwin and Eleanor Bell and raised in Needham, MA. He graduated from Needham High School in 1965 and went on to attend Norwich University. While at Norwich, George served as class president and was a member of the "Skull and Swords," one of the highest honors conferred upon undergraduates. After graduation, he proudly served his country in the US Army and was stationed in Vietnam as a currier officer. George worked in sales for 3M Company and later Cohen Machinery in Bedford, NH.

In retirement, George enjoyed exploring New England with the love of his life, Bev. George was also a talented writer, gifting family and friends with beautiful poems, some of which we're still finding today. He loved spending time with his family especially his two granddaughters who everyone affectionately called "Gampy's Girls."

He held many titles throughout his life, but the proudest by far were Husband, Father and Gampy. George was a gift. His joyful spirit and kind heart left an impression on everyone he met. Whether you knew him for minutes or years he made you feel important, special, and loved. May we all be lucky enough to have a "George" in our lives, or better yet, be one.

George is survived by his loving wife Beverly Amery Bell, children Hilary Amery Forand and her husband Josh, Casey Bell and Abigail Bell, sister Janet Matlock and husband Pat, brother Art Bell and wife Robin, and two adoring grandchildren Harper and Isla. He will also be deeply missed by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Service information will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Hampshire Veterans Association and Veterans Coun
In Memoriam Tracy J. Costello 2/19/2024  
It is with deep and profound sadness that the family of Tracy Jean Costello announces her passing on February 19, 2024, in Berlin, Vermont. The daughter of the late John and Eulie Costello, Tracy was a beloved mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend to many, and will be dearly missed.

Tracy was born on August 4, 1958, in Towanda, Pennsylvania. As both the eldest and only daughter in a family of five children, she was raised knowing there was no challenge too big to overcome. She graduated from Goshen High School in Goshen, New York, in 1976. Always on the move, she was a cheerleader in the fall, an alpine racer in the winter, a baseball scorekeeper in the spring, and a year-round member of the National Honor Society. What free time she had was spent reading, crafting, and valiantly attempting to corral her brothers (succeeding more often than not).

Tracy enrolled in 1976 at Norwich University in Vermont, during which time the enrollment of women at the university was in its infancy. Her role at Norwich was like her, novel and unique. She persevered and applied her love of mathematics and aptitude for sports into work as a sports statistician with the university, earning her the distinction of being one of the first students to have a phone in her dorm room so she could promptly report on game statistics to the local papers. Tracy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1980.

Following her graduation, Tracy briefly worked as a lab technician in New York City, after which she moved back to the Green Mountain State and began her career at IDX and Allscripts, where she worked until 2018. In recent years, she enjoyed working in Edward Jones offices throughout Vermont.

Tracy made a home for herself in Vermont, and before long she welcomed her beloved son, John Francis (Sam). John was the light and the center of Tracy's life, and she loved being his mom. The two of them went on endless adventures together, including a month-long trip through Australia, and they shared countless laughs, jokes, experiences, and memories.

John shared Tracy's love of sports, and the two spent many hours watching hockey and football games, as well as soccer, horse racing, little league baseball, and the list goes on. They would often attend Norwich University hockey games, and she was passionately involved in Harwood Youth Hockey programs during John's youth.

A Hockey Mom to her bones, she knew every cold bleacher and every snack bar in Vermont.

Tracy lived a rich, full, and love-filled life. She was deeply involved in the Norwich Class of 1980 alumni group and was a skilled knitter and crafter, avid reader, and ardent traveler. She loved spending time on the coast, packing herself a picnic and a good book to enjoy with her toes in the sand. And sometimes, with a cocktail in hand (or even two!).

She was preceded in death by her loving parents, John Larkin Costello and Ulilla "Eulie" Costello, aunt Elizabeth Bryne, uncle Eddie Kulick Sr., and cousin Eddie Kulick Jr.

Tracy is survived by her loving son, John Costello and spouse Emily MacGregor of Halifax, Canada; brothers John Patrick (Pat) Costello and spouse Audrey of Mena, Arizona, Michael Costello and spouse Pamela of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Christopher Costello and spouse Diana of Moretown, Vermont, Thomas Costello and spouse Corinna of Danville, Vermont. She is also survived by her niece Katie Kuzio and spouse Danny (great nieces Eleanor and Lydia); Hannah Costello; Meghan Cote-Costello and spouse Anissa; Mary Costello; Madison Costello; Porter Costello; cousin Richard Condon and spouse Phyl; cousin John Kulick and spouse Diane; and aunt Suzanne Kulick and cousin Kim Kulick Fairchild.

Tracy was one of a kind. She was a warm, witty, outgoing presence, always ready with a laugh, a smile, and usually a batch of cookies to share. She will be deeply and profoundly missed.

Visiting hours and a short memorial will be held on Sunday, March 3, at the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury, from 4 to 6 p.m. We welcome all to join us, who loved her so much, to come together to laugh, cry, share stories, and honor and celebrate our mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your local youth hockey teams, a cause that Tracy cared so deeply about. The interment will take place mid-May in Central Vermont, details to follow.
In Memoriam Bruce E. Cunningham 2/6/2024  
Bruce Edward Cunningham, born in 1936 in Queens, New York, passed away peacefully in his home in The Woodlands, Texas on February 6, 2024.

He is survived by his wife Mary of 64 years, his brother, Neil, his children, Christopher, Michael, and Elizabeth, his grandchildren, Caroline, Matthew, Philip, Dylan, Anna, and Charlie, and his great-grandchild, Ravel. His son, Timothy, has patiently awaited his arrival.

Bruce was a dedicated husband, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He lived an unparalleled life of service and generosity. He was a roof over your head in bad weather, and the first one to invite you to step out in the sunshine with him. He possessed throughout his life a deep curiosity for an enormous range of subjects, a knack for bringing people together, and above all a love of family.

He grew up in a Marine Corps family, attending a dozen schools before his high school graduation. He graduated from Norwich University with honors in 1958, holding a BA in Aviation Administration. He went on to graduate from New York University with honors in 1967 with an MBA in Management, pursuing further education in financial analysis at the New York Institute of Finance in 1972.

Bruce met Mary, the love of his life, in New York in 1959. They were colleagues at American Airlines, after a year of courtship they tied the knot in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1960. Bruce and Mary settled into married life in an apartment in Queens. Like Bruce, all four of his children were born in Queens, a family of proud New Yorkers.

Upon his graduation from Norwich University, Bruce spent a year as a Captain for the Army Reserve, serving as an Infantry Company Commander at Fort Belvoir. Throughout his career, Bruce accumulated 56 years of airline experience, including senior positions in corporate, government, foundation, and consulting environments. Bruce founded two airlines and three consulting companies, and worked executive level positions in household names like American Airlines, the Ford Foundation, PanAm Airlines, and System One Corporation. One role he was especially proud of was his tenure as Director of the Bureau of Operating Rights, on the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board. Political appointee of President Ford, re-appointed by President Carter, he led the analytical effort to economically deregulate the airlines, charged with a staff of approximately 40 attorneys and 200 analysts.

Bruce loved to travel so it was no coincidence that his work took him far and wide. He lived in almost a dozen states, including New York eight times and Washington D.C. seven times. He presented speeches on five continents to senior government officials and airline groups. He spent 15 years working abroad in 42 different countries, including Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and Pakistan. He has proudly called The Woodlands, Texas his home for the past 35 years.

In 1989, he made his way to The Woodlands, Texas, and it was here that Bruce expanded upon his passion for civic engagement and community service. He was an active community

leader, with an impressive roster. He was eight-time president of the Grogan's Mill

Village Association Board, where he served for 20 years. He was six-time president of the MUD Board, where he served for 12 years. He co-founded The Woodlands Farmer's Market in 2008 and remained a manager until 2023. In 2015, he co-founded and served on the board of Aging in Place, a nonprofit that supports senior citizens who want to remain in their homes, in lieu of senior living facilities. Recognized as a "Hometown Hero" in 2016, the title could not be more appropriate.

Beyond his remarkable CV, Bruce had a warm and rich personal life. In his later years, he repeated often to friends and family that to have a balanced and fulfilling life it is crucial to "exercise, socialize, and have a purpose." He was a marvelous chef, an avid cyclist, and a triathlete. He loved the beach, loved to read, and loved to share his wealth of knowledge with those he loved. He made his words count, and he was happiest when he saw that those around him were happy. Bruce was held in the highest esteem by every member of his family, and made all those he took under his wing feel like they were part of the family.

Anyone who has spent time with Bruce knows that once they have Bruce in their world, there's no such thing as a world without Bruce. He will stay with us always in our hearts, and even in death will continue to bring us together.

Instead of flowers, the family asks that you send donations to the Arbor Day Foundation, or visit The Woodlands Farmer's Market, whose proceeds go toward scholarships for local students and the Interfaith Food Pantry.

There will be a mass on March 2nd at 1:00 PM at Saint Simon and Jude's Catholic Parish, 26777 Glen Loch Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77381.
In Memoriam Carroll C. Porter 2/26/2024  
Carroll C. "Bud" Porter, Jr., 79, of Hummelstown, passed away Monday, February 26, 2024, at his home with his loving wife and daughter by his side.

Born in Hershey on August 13, 1944, he was the son of the late Carroll C., Sr. and Luella Shepler Porter.

Bud retired as an instructor of meat processing at the Camp Hill Corrections Institution and was a meat processor for the former Porter's Market, his family's market in Hummelstown. He was a 1966 graduate of Lower Dauphin Hummelstown High School and a graduate of Norwich University. Bud was a member of Susquehanna Valley Church, Harrisburg. He was a US Army Veteran serving during the Vietnam Conflict, and was a member of the American Legion Post 272, Linglestown. Bud was an avid reader, and enjoyed vacations at Ocean City, Maryland.

Bud is survived by his wife, Bette H. Muchow Porter; a daughter, Tara Porter Schaeffer wife of Dan of Hummelstown; 2 stepdaughters, Rachel Dillon wife of Shontony of Hummelstown and Tina Thompson of Hershey; 2 granddaughters, Maryn Trowbridge and Savannah Trowbridge; and step granddaughters, Ashley Williams, Shontonel Cooke,and Gracie Pho.

A celebration of life will be held, Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at 7pm in the Susquehanna Valley Church, 6433 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg. A visitation will be held in the church from 6pm until the time of service.

A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, is entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Susquehanna Valley Church, 6433 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111. Online condolences may be shared at
In Memoriam Donald B. Holloway 1/2/2011  
"Donald B. ""Don"" Holloway Great Dad & Husband Kind & Gentle Soul Age 58 of Woodbury & Lake Vermilion entered the arms of Jesus on Sunday, January 2, 2001.

After college he entered the Army and served 6 years active duty and 16 years in the Army Reserve where he retired as Lieutenant Colonel. Don worked in service and sales for G&K Services and US Foods.

Survived by beloved wife Renee (nee Jamstrom); loving sons, Jeff (Jenny), Matt; sister, Janet Ferguson; nephews, Tom(Shawna), Joe; in-laws, Mona & Loyd Bullert.

Visitation bill be held on Thurs., 1/6 , 5-8PM at Wulff Funeral Home, 1485 White Bear Ave., St Paul. Funeral on Fri., 1/7, 11AM at crossroads Church, 5900 Woodbury Dr., Woodbury with visitation 1 hr. prior. Woodbury 651-738-9615"
In Memoriam Jason M. Kotlen 2/23/2024  
Jason "Jay" Kotlen, age 81, beloved husband of Sue Tendler Kotlen, passed away peacefully at Mozaic Senior Life on February 23, 2024.
Jay, the son of the late Ida (Mossoff) and David Kotlen, was born in Fall River, MA. He graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, VT in 1964 and received his MBA from Boston University after serving as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Jay and Sue lived in Trumbull for 39 years before moving to Shelton as "empty nesters". He was affiliated with The Bedding Shack before becoming a realtor in 2000, joining Sue at Coldwell Banker.

Jay was a devoted husband, loving father, special "Zayde" to his five precious grandchildren and wonderful friend to all who knew him. He had a great sense of humor and his oldest grandchild, Zach, described him as "the funniest old guy that he ever met."

Jay was extremely intelligent and had an incredible knowledge of trivia and a very sharp wit. He loved playing intellectually challenging games and puzzles, particularly The New York Times Weekend crosswords. He was also an avid golfer and loved playing poker with his friends.

In addition to his loving wife of 55 years, Jay is survived by his devoted daughters: Melissa Kotlen and Robyn Bacanovic and her husband, Paul; his dear grandchildren, Zachary Nagin (Delaney Mazen), Sarah Nagin, Alexander Nagin, Julia Bacanovic, and Charlie Bacanovic; his sister, Jill Meisels and her husband, Steven; brother-in-law Bob Tendler and his wife, Debby; sister-in-law Sharon Hirshik and her husband, Andy, and several nieces and nephews.

Services will take place at Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824 on Monday, February 26, 2024 at 11:00 AM, with interment following at Rodeph Sholom Cemetery in Fairfield. For more information, to join a livestream, and to share a condolence message, visit

Memorial contributions may be made to Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 415 Crossways Park Dr., Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797 OR Mozaic Senior Life, 4200 Park Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06604.
In Memoriam Joan E. Gabriel 1/27/2024  
Bothell, WA - Our dear mother, Joan Esther Gabriel, passed away peacefully at home in Bothell, WA surrounded by family on January 27, 2024 at the age of 85 years old. She was born in Quincy, MA. Joan graduated from Norwich University, Vermont in 1997 with a Degree in Liberal Studies. She lived and worked as a tour guide at the Frary House in Historic Deerfield, MA for over 20 years before moving to Washington to live with family. Joan had a keen interest in local history and enjoyed sharing her knowledge with others and continued to educate herself.

With a strong affinity for nature she loved hiking and bird watching with friends and family. Being in the woods is where Joan felt most at peace. Her love of nature was seen in her watercolor paintings and the poetry she wrote so beautifully!

Joan had an adventurous side to her. In the early 1990s she sold her house, packed up her things and drove solo cross country to explore many of our country's national parks, and to spend time with her children and grandchildren. This inspired many of Joan's watercolor paintings too.

She is survived by her children Kathy of Chicago, Illinois, Mark of Penhook, Virginia, Susan of Bothell, Washington, Jackie of Burlington, Connecticut, Jim of Edwards, Colorado, her 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
In Memoriam William D. Kirby 2/12/2024  
William Kirby MONTPELIER - William (Bill) Kirby, 82, of Montpelier, VT died peacefully on February 12, 2024 Bill was born on December 19, 1941 to Virginia H Dunne and John J. Kirby, in New York City. Most of his childhood was spent in Norwich, NY, graduating in 1959 from Norwich High School. After a year at a Prep School in Washington D.C., he attended Norwich University, graduating in 1965. While at Norwich, he met and married his wife, Joan Miglierini. They were together for 62 years.

Bill served two years on active duty with the Army and then 20 years with the Reserve. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After his active duty tour, Bill taught for two years at Montpelier High School and then spent the next 28 years in public service. Bill worked for the State of Vermont, in several departments - Highway, Employment Security, Attorney General's Office, VT Tax Department, and then culminated this amazing career as the Director of the Child Support Program for the Department for Children and Families. This was the position of which he was the proudest.

Bill's interests were many, not the least of which was playing the Vermont Lottery. He could often be seen scratching off tickets, while sharing jokes and singing Christmas Carols, even in July! He loved to hunt and fish and was an avid crossword puzzler. His last name could easily have been Webster, for there was not a word he didn't recognize or know the meaning of - he was a walking dictionary. He was a member of several local leagues throughout the years, to include softball, bowling, cribbage and golf. He was a member of the Montpelier Elks Club and may have spent the most time walking through the woods, beside the golf course, collecting lost golf balls.

Bill is survived by his wife Joan, his son Patrick and his wife Sara and granddaughters Maggie and Caroline; his son Kristopher and his wife Lesilee; brothers Thomas Fiori, Stephen and Peter Kirby and a sister Joan Ragsdale. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one son, William Kirby II (Billy); a brother Jay and a sister Judy. In keeping with what Bill wanted, there will be no public service.

If anyone wishes, donations can be made to the Montpelier Food Pantry, the American Cancer Society or the Parkinson's Foundation. Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at

In Memoriam Denis F. Mulvihill 2/13/2024  
Denis F. Mulvihill, of Melrose, went home to be with the Lord on February 13th, 2024, at the age of 75. He was born in Westfield, MA on February 28, 1948, to the late Denis F. and Alice F. (Moore) Mulvihill.

Denis graduated from Norwich University in 1970 and went on to earn a master's degree +30 at Boston State College. He taught at Stoneham High School for 34 years and was a high school athletics coach and equipment manager. Denis was also a longtime high school and college referee, and was especially active in the wrestling community. In 2005, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for Lifetime Service to Wrestling. Denis lived and breathed wrestling, gardening, golfing, and his Irish ancestry. Denis was a man of faith, devoted to God and his church. He was a hardworking and generous husband, father, neighbor, friend, and teacher.

Denis was the beloved husband of Valerie "VG" Mulvihill of Melrose for 42 years; loving father of Anne Carter & her husband Randall of Melrose, Edward Skane & his wife Toni of CA, and Steven Mulvihill & his wife Amy of CA; devoted grandfather of Breanna & her husband Andrew, Tyler & his wife Katie, Derek & his wife Hannah, Leah, and Carly; proud great-grandfather of six; caring brother of Cathy Gatesman & her husband Paul, Alice Garcia & her husband Joe, John Mulvihill & his wife Pam, Bill Mulvihill & his wife Karen, and the late Mary Regan. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, friends, and his beloved grand dogs Benny & Oscar.

Visiting hours will be held at Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Saturday, March 16th, 2024, from 9:30am-12:00pm, immediately followed by a 12:00pm funeral service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Community City Church, 214 Commercial St., Suite 105, Malden, MA 02148; or to the Melrose High School Wrestling Team Booster Club c/o Cory Thomas, 19 Glen Ave., Melrose, MA 02176; or to the Alzheimer's Association at

In Memoriam Francis F. Perry 2/12/2024  
Francis Frederick Perry, Jr. (Fred), age 79 passed away on Monday, February 12, 2024 after a two year battle with a Glioblastoma (brain tumor). While he has left his earthly home, he now rests with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Fred was born on February 5, 1945 to Frank and Betty Perry, Boxford, MA. After Fred graduated from Masconomet Regional High School, Topsfield, MA in 1963, he went on to study at Norwich University, Northfield, VT. Two years into his degree, Fred left Norwich to join the Coast Guard during Vietnam. At the end of his 4 years with the Coast Guard, he returned to Norwich to finish his degree and graduated as one of the first civilians from the historically ROTC institution.

After graduating with a degree in Business, he started his lifelong career in sales. For the last 25 years he worked as a Realtor for Maxfield Real Estate, Wolfeboro NH.

Fred met his spouse Cheryl in the eighth grade at a get-to-know you school dance with his iconic pick-up line of, 'want to dance, sugar babe.' While the two didn't start dating immediately, they were "going steady" before the end of high school. In 1969, a year prior to the end of his service with the Coast Guard, Fred married Cheryl Ann Connor from Middleton, MA. Fred and Cheryl went on to have three beautiful girls, Kristan Noel Sheffer, Lauren Beth Pollard and Katelyn Ann Zwart.

Fred's favorite pastimes included boating, swimming, fishing, camping and gardening but most importantly spending time with family. In his own words, 'Family is Everything.' He was devout in his faith and integral to the community of Trinity Anglican Church, Rochester, NH. Regardless of how you knew Fred, work, school, church or other, you undoubtedly would remember his sense of humor and the special way he had of embellishing a story.

He is survived by his spouse Cheryl Perry, his daughter Kristan Sheffer, daughter Lauren Pollard, son-in-law, Lee Pollard, daughter Katelyn Zwart, son-in-law Derek Zwart and grandchildren Kurtis Sheffer, Abigail Pollard, Alexis Pollard and Ann Zwart.

Services will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, Rochester, NH on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation, an organization dedicated to transforming the care of Glioblastoma by replacing radiation and chemotherapy with targeted therapies that prolong survival and increase quality of life.
In Memoriam Michael R. Yerkey 2/1/2024  
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In Memoriam Blaine W. Parker 11/13/2022  
Blaine William Parker, 86, a longtime resident of Port Chester, NY and Greenwich, CT died November 13, 2022. He was born October 15, 1936 in New York City to the late Roy Earl and Amy Elizabeth Warner Parker.

Mr. Parker served in the United States Army from 1959 to 1962 and was stationed in Germany and was a 1st Lieutenant. He was a salesperson for Interstate Lumber in Stamford, Ct and prior to that he was an over the counter broker on Wall Street. Blaine was married to his loving wife Gail Jenter of 37 years on October 26, 1985 in Stamford, CT. Besides his wife he is survived by his sons Blaine Parker of Mississippi, Robertson Parker of Vermont and Dennis Parker of Tennessee, step daughter Kim Tedescucci of Massachusetts, sister Charlotte Meyers of Old Lyme, CT., grandchildren Maggie Parker, Ryan Parker, Olivia Parker and Nico Tedescucci. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his brother Roy Parker and sister Carol Parker Shevlin.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
In Memoriam John L. Sullivan 2/16/2024  
John L. Sullivan, 58, of Norfolk, MA, passed away suddenly on February 16, 2024. Born in Boston, he was the eldest son of Dorothy (Quinn) and the late John L. Sullivan. Jack grew up in Brookline and Walpole, attended Norwich University and was a Marine Corps veteran.

Jack received a master's degree in government from Harvard and a M.B.A. from MIT's Sloan School of Business. He was an accomplished executive focused on security and resiliency leadership, crisis management, and business continuity. He was trusted by CEOs and known for elevating the work of the teams he empowered while developing careers of mentees. Jack loved spending time with his family and dogs in Vermont, was a master of dry humor, a voracious reader, and car enthusiast.

Jack is survived by his loving wife Laura (Adduci) Sullivan, his beloved daughters Sophia and Addison Sullivan; his three brothers, Kevin and his wife Sika Sullivan of Dedham, MA, Marc (BPD) and his wife Leiry (BPD) Sullivan of Bridgewater, MA and Michael (BPD) and his wife Kristine Sullivan of Wrentham, MA; father and mother in law George and Mary Adduci of Rockland, MA, brother in law to Lisa and Steffen Ghelfi of Halifax, MA and Bill and Janet Adduci of Carver, MA. He was a doting and silly uncle to Kiley, Sean, Sarah, Meghan, Kate, Matthew and Lucas Sullivan, Kirsti and Brett Ghelfi, and Kevin, Austin and Anna Adduci. He is survived by many Quinn and Sullivan cousins and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, from 4-7 PM in the R.J. Ross Funeral Home, 135 South Street, Wrentham. A Catholic Mass in his honor will be celebrated at St. Jude Church, 86 Main Street Norfolk, MA, on Wednesday February 21, 2024, at 10:00 AM. The burial will immediately follow at Norfolk Cemetery, 24 Seekonk Street Norfolk, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack's memory can be made in support of his daughters' education, to Bishop Feehan High School, 70 Holcott Drive Attleboro, MA 02703. Tax deductible donations can be made online at or via Venmo@BishopFeehan1961

In Memoriam Steven T. Coleman 3/1/2023  
In Memoriam Stephen R. Dayton 1/27/2024  
Stephen Rich Dayton, a loving husband, devoted father, cherished grandfather, great grandfather and dear friend, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2024. Born in Middletown, NY on June 27, 1938 to Carl and Eleanor Dayton. He is predeceased by his newborn son, Stuart. Steve, as he was affectionately known, lived a life filled with love, joy, and compassion.

Steve was a kind-hearted man with an adventurous spirit. He had a deep passion for the outdoors and found immense pleasure in hunting and fishing. Whether it was the thrill of the chase or spending quiet moments by the water's edge, he found solace and happiness in nature. Steve also had a true musical soul, finding delight in playing the organ. In his younger years, he shared his talent for music by playing the bass guitar in a jazz band, bringing joy to those who heard his melodic rhythms.

But perhaps what defined Steve most was his unwavering faith and his devotion to God. He practiced his Christian faith as an active member of the Westport Bible Church. Steve demonstrated his faith through acts of kindness, sharing his beliefs, and connecting with others on a deep and personal level. His ability to strike up a conversation with anyone was remarkable, and he left a lasting impression on everyone he met.

Steve's legacy lives on through his loving family. He is survived by his devoted wife, Nancy, with whom he shared 63 years of love and cherished memories. He leaves behind his beloved children, Deborah (John) Anderson, Carolyn (Minas) Souris, Laura Dayton, who will always carry his spirit in their hearts. Steve's love and dedication extended to his grandchildren, Anson (Stefany), Antonios (Mariolina), Elissa (Michael), Dorie (Kenney), Julie, and Sam, touching their lives and leaving indelible imprints on their souls. He was blessed with eight great-grandchildren, who brought him immense joy and laughter. Steve is also survived by his brother, Daniel Dayton.

Steve, with his generous heart, infectious sense of humor, and genuine love for others, will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Although our hearts ache with the pain of his loss, we find solace in knowing that his spirit lives on through the memories we hold dear. Rest in peace, beloved Steve, as you embark on the next chapter of your journey guided by God's eternal love.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be a Celebration of Life service on February 17, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Westport Bible Church, Westport, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to High Peaks Hospice, 1247 Dix Ave., Hudson Falls, NY 12839.

Arrangements were entrusted to Heidrick Funeral Home, Elizabethtown. Online condolences may be left at
In Memoriam Albert B. Pyle 6/10/2023  
Albert Bruce Pyle passed away peacefully at home in the Glendola area of Wall Township on Saturday, June 10, 2023. He was 92. Bruce was born and raised in Neptune, New Jersey and spent most of his childhood in the Hamilton neighborhood on Old Corlies Avenue. He is predeceased by his parents Albert Swift Pyle and Harriet Louise Hilbert Pyle, and by his four brothers, Robert, Harry, Donald, Neil, and sister Nellie.

Bruce was a 1949 graduate of Neptune High School where he made All Shore Football and lettered in football, baseball and track. He was a graduate of Rutgers University where he received a BS in Wildlife Conservation & Management, and an MS in Environmental Sciences.

As a member of the American Fisheries Society he obtained the title of Certified Fisheries Scientist.

He was employed by the State of New Jersey Division of Fish, Game & Wildlife for 37 years. He began as a fish hatchery worker in 1954 advancing through the titles of Junior Assistant, Senior Assistant, and Principal Fisheries Biologist when he was placed in charge of the Bureau's lab in Lebanon NJ. Here he supervised the entirety of research and management operations for the Bureau including the Division's first Pollution Investigation and Enforcement Unit. He advanced from there to Assistant Chief and in 1974 Bruce became the Chief of the Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries where he remained for 17 years, retiring in 1991.

Bruce's tenure at the Bureau of Fisheries led to the adoption of Surface Water Quality Standards. Under his guidance the State's surface waters were classified based, in part, upon the water quality criteria needed to maintain healthy fish populations. He was instrumental in the creation of procedure whereby consideration for fisheries was incorporated into land and water use practices throughout the State. He helped guide the formation of the Delaware River Basin Fish and Wildlife Cooperative composed of the four basin states and two federal fisheries agencies. The Cooperative's major achievements were restoring the American Shad population to pre-pollution abundance in the river and successfully providing information that helped dissuade the proposed Tock's Island Dam.

In addition, Bruce was largely responsible for revising the standards for trout stocking throughout the state of New Jersey; the site selection, planning, design, construction and early operation of the Pequest State Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center; and the planning, development and renovation of the Charles O. Hayford Fish Hatchery for warm and cool water fish production used in restocking the waters of the State. Other projects of his were the correction of major impediments, such as pollution and dams, to the restoration of the American Shad in the Raritan River and introducing hatching boxes for raising Shad ova and supervising the transfer of the adult Shad from the Delaware River resulting in documented success.

Bruce was an avid hunter, fisherman and overall outdoorsman always with a mind toward environmental conservation. He knew every back road, stream, brook, lake, dam and estuary in the Garden State. His role at the bureau guided his firm beliefs and actions toward preserving both water and land to protect the balance and health of aquatic environments. As a private citizen, his initiative led to the placement of the outfall from the Neptune Sewerage Treatment Plant one mile into the ocean rather than into Shark River Brook.

Bruce enjoyed touring our country, renovating his 100-year-old home, gardening, family camping in the Catskill mountains, summers in Maine and hosting the annual Pyle Family reunions for his large and ever-growing family. In his retirement, he enjoyed researching and writing an extensive genealogy of the Pyle family tracing back to 1565.

Bruce is survived by his wife of 69 years, Lois Elaine Wardell and his five children: Victoria Hope Pyle, Doylestown, PA; Heather Louise Pyle Vitullo Walker and husband, Dana, Arcadia, CA; Lauren Elizabeth Pyle Allen and husband, Neil, Brooklin, ME; Eric Bruce Pyle and wife, Bobbie, Fountainville, PA; Melissa Bronwen Pyle, Wall, NJ; and grandsons Dashiell Lawrence Pyle Vitullo, Rockville, MD; and Riordan Christian Blake Vitullo, Studio City, CA.

Family and home were Bruce's center. He was well loved and is sorely missed.

Visitation will be on Friday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy 35 at New Bedford Rd., Wall. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 11:00am at the Manasquan United Methodist Church, 23 Church St., Manasquan. Interment Hamilton Methodist Cemetery, 837 Old Corlies Ave., Neptune
In Memoriam Maynard B. Ashley 1/4/2024  
Lt Col Maynard, "Bruce" Ashley USA (Ret) passed away on January 4, 2024 in San Antonio, TX. Bruce was born in Troy, NY to Herbert and Elsie Ashley on April 27, 1936. He went to school at Troy and Rouses Point, NY. He graduated from Norwich University with a degree in Civil Engineering.

He served in the United States Army and during his service to his country, he worked many years in highway engineering in Vermont, Alaska, and eleven years with Caltrans in San Francisco, CA.

He obtained Registered Professional Civil Engineer Licenses from Vermont and California.The remainder of his career was with the US Army Facilities Engineering related work in Germany. His service in the US Army reserves spanned 23 years. Extended active duty tours at Ft Belvoir to attend the Engineer Officers Advanced Course, Fort Leavenworth to attend Command and General Staff College and 2 years at Fort Sam Houston, where he officially retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1996. Bruce also worked for Civil Service and finally retiring in 2001.

Bruce was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, loved music; played the trumpet during his highschool and college years, liked to play duplicate bridge, and walking his dog (Rex). He had a kind soul, was happiest when his children came to visit. Bruce will be forever missed.

Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Elsie Ashley; his sisters, Marilyn Tilton De Geovanni, Norma Richards, and Patricia Schumacher. In addition to his wife, Alba, Bruce is survived by his children, Kimberly (Franco), Paul and Brian (Kathy) from his marriage to Marcia; grandchildren Stephanie, Collin and Madisen; 3 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, and sister, Shirley Shaw of Severna Park, MD.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or any of your choice.

Sincere thanks to Harbour Hospice and Promise Senior Solutions Staff.
In Memoriam William W. Palmer 2/7/2024  
William W. Palmer of Lancaster, NY; age 86; Beloved husband of Kathy S. (nee Bailey Lother) Palmer. Loving son of the late Milton A. Palmer, MD and Doris E. (nee Wheeler) Palmer. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Thursday, February 22nd at 11AM in Faith United Methodist Church, 5505 Broadway, Lancaster, NY. Please assemble at church.

William was a 1960 graduate from Norwich University, Northfield, VT., served in the U.S. Army from 1961-1962, then began his career with the Erie County Department of Social Service, was a 1969 Graduate from the School of Social Work at SUNY at Buffalo, after his retirement from the County, he worked for ADESA Buffalo Auto Auction, and has served his church in various roles which include Acolyte, usher, and Eucharistic Minister.

Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, contributions may be made in William's memory to Connect Life, 4444 Bryant and Stratton Way, Williamsville, NY 14221. Share condolences online at
In Memoriam Alan T. Yoshida 12/9/2023  
The Air Commando community is saddened by the recent passing of Combat Control great Alan "Yosh" Yoshida, CMSgt, USAF, Retired. ACA has passed our condolences to the Combat Control Foundation and they have asked us to share this link for support.
As an Air Commando, Yosh was a great friend and colleague to many Air Commandos - past and present. He was a true quiet professional, warrior, leader, and intellectual powerhouse, and he will be forever remembered as one of the very best our Nation has to offer! He saved U.S. and coalition lives on the battlefield and destroyed our enemies. He was an exemplary keeper of freedom and honor!


Alan "Yosh" Yoshida, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
The following is an official Facebook post from Lt. Gen. Tony D. Bauernfeind, commander of Air Force Special Operations:
Over the weekend, we lost a dedicated Combat Controller, Silver Star Recipient and true hero, CMSgt (Retired) Alan "Yosh" Yoshida, who passed away on December 9, 2023.

Yoshida earned the Silver Star in 2001 for his actions against the Taliban and their surrender of Kandahar to Hamid Karzai. Over the course of 5 days, Yoshida worked with the lead elements of Northern Alliance Commander Hamid Karzai's ground force as they advanced and seized the town of Sayyd Alma Kalay. After the Taliban launched a major counterattack, Yoshida orchestrated numerous danger-close air strikes, crushing the Taliban attack and forcing the enemy to retreat to the southern side of the river, saving both his team members and hundreds of Afghans in the nearby town.

The following day, Yoshida accompanied by friendly forces, attacked a critical hilltop overlooking the only bridge in the sector crossing the Arghendab River. Exposing himself to intense machine-gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades, Yoshida advanced toward the hilltop, plotted out three enemy positions, developed aircraft attack restrictions and determined optimal munitions selection, resulting in neutralization of the enemy threat, survival of friendly forces and ensuring the strategically vital bridge remained intact.

And while his actions on those days alone are enough to write him into our history books, Yosh was so much more than just an operator. In the years that followed, he continued to pour into others, sharing his experience and wisdom far and wide throughout AFSOC and Air Force. Among his notable accomplishments is that he was one of the primary architects of generational technological advancements and equipment modernization for the Special Tactics force. When he retired a few years ago he continued to serve through his support to organizations like the Combat Control Foundation but also got some much-deserved down time with his wife and children, who he cherished.

CMSgt Yoshida, thank you for your service and dedication to our nation, AFSOC and your fellow Air Commandos.

Donations can be made here in memory of Yosh:

The following obituary for Alan T. Yoshida has been released to the Combat Control Foundation by his family. The family also gave permission to post on social media channels.

On 9 December 2023, Alan Tatsuo Yoshida, loving husband, father, son, brother, and warrior passed away at age 51.

Alan was born in Mililani, Hawaii on 27 October 1972, to Ronald and Nina Yoshida. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1991 where he faithfully and proudly served his country for 28 years as a Combat Controller. Alan raised three beautiful children of whom he was extremely proud - his daughter Sydney, and his sons Noah and Trevor. Through them, his legacy lives on.
On 15 April 2015, he married the love of his life, Sarah. Together they enjoyed traveling the world and going on adventures.

Alan was a graduate of Norwich University and later served as the Strategic Accounts Executive for Parraid LLC. Alan chose to work for Parraid because the company empowered him to dream big and enabled him to transform his ideas into reality.

Alan's interests were many. He was an artist, a technologist, a visionary, a warrior, and a dreamer. He loved little kids and Izzy dog. He tolerated Yeager. His passions included surfing, parachuting, hunting, fishing, and working on his land in Hondo. Alan truly loved his career. Although it left him in great pain, he never regretted a minute of his service and would do it all over again if he could. He was born to be an operator and was one of the best there ever was. He truly loved his brothers in arms and used his gifts and genius to improve their lives, safety, and survivability. But most of all, Alan loved and cherished his family. He was the happiest just spending time with his kids and Sarah. Give him a good cuddle and he was content.

Alan was preceded in death by his father Ronald. He is survived by his wife Sarah, his daughter Sydney Price, his sons Noah and Trevor, his mother Nina, his brother Dale, his sister Ann, and his nephew Joshua. A memorial service will be held for Alan on 16 December 2023 at 1400, at 1078 County Road 241, Hondo, TX.

In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to the Combat Control Foundation or bring a tree to plant in his orchard.

In Memoriam Elaine E. Beal 12/19/2023  
On December 19, 2023, our beloved mother, Elaine Marie Early Beal, a traveler at heart, left this world for the final adventure, after a yearlong battle with stomach cancer.

She was 83 years young.

Mom was born to Robert Edward and Catherine Huyett Early, in Washington, D.C. She had an older sister, Margaret Early Hall. She graduated from Madison College (now James Madison University) and married Army Lt. William Ross Beal Jr. of Brewster, N.Y., in 1964. Having lived in France and Germany during their first three years of marriage, she remained home during his tours in Vietnam, after which they proceeded to travel to the United States at the behest of the Army until Dad retired (Lt Col) in 1979. In 1981, the family settled on a hillside in Waterbury Center, Vt. Moving to Vermont was Dad's wish, but soon Mom fell in love also, and she came to develop a special fondness for Waterbury. After nearly half a lifetime of moving around, Central Vermont became their permanent home.

Mom was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, friend, wife, mother and grandmother. She found great pleasure in keeping a robust network and was often the nexus keeping groups of friends and relatives in contact. Her children inherited their parents' wandering ways, and Elaine enjoyed meeting the friends her children developed in their own travels.

Elaine's accomplishments, service, contributions and dedication are known by those whose lives she touched.

Since 2012, her biggest source of joy was her grandson, Willem Emanuel Skye Lundberg-Beal. She traveled to Sweden, often twice a year, to spend time with her Swedish family: Ross (her son), Helene, and Willem; and Helene's parents, brother and his family.

In addition to Sweden, Mom traveled regularly, both with others and alone, and even up to her final year she thought nothing of driving up and down the Eastern Seaboard in her trusty Toyota, visiting friends and family. In recent years she created incredible memories, traveling even more of the world together with her daughter Cate (Sheryl).

Over the last year, Mom's comfort and joy was her grandson, with whom she never appeared to tire of playing cornhole, croquet and endless repetitive boardgames. Though the times apart were difficult, they kept up a regular text and Skype exchange that was deeply meaningful to both.

During Willem's absences and throughout her illness, her granddog - Cate's dog Oliver - assumed a place on her lap. Never much of a dog lover, she nonetheless soon learned to love Oliver's constant companionship during the yearlong battle. During this time, Cate, Oliver and Elaine enjoyed many early morning cuddles together.

Mom was beyond proud of the incredible father her son Ross (III) had become and the life he and Helene are building with Willem in Sweden.

Feeling equal pride and gratitude, Mom was escorted through her final year with us by her daughter Cate. An ever-present friend, advocate and caregiver, as Mom had been for so many others, Cate became the rock that Elaine and the family relied on.

Elaine loved the home that she and her husband Ross Jr. had steadily renovated over the years and took great pride in the gardens that had evolved and in being a good neighbor. And it was there she passed away in comfort, after having her final conversation with her son and grandson and with Cate, as always, holding her hand.

Mom, Mommy, Far-mor (Swedish for grandmother), never knew, but now surely do, the depth of our love for you.

Services will be held in late June/early July. Another announcement will be made, and details will be provided closer to that time.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Waterbury Food Shelf, Re-Vitalizing Waterbury or the Wounded Warrior Project
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