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Hadley, Charles J. “Chuck” Whitmore, 61, passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst after a period of declining health.
Chuck was born on August 17, 1955 to the late Leonard “Skip” Whitmore and Nancy (Santos) Whitmore in Salem, MA. He was married to Cindy (Cendrowski) Whitmore and was the father of two daughters, Lindsey Whitmore and Kristen Whitmore. Chuck moved to Hadley as a teenager, and lived there for the rest of his life.
Chuck wore many hats throughout his life. He graduated from Hopkins Academy in 1973 and started working on local farms before moving on to work as a delivery driver for Farm Petroleum. Through his work he honed skills in the arts of conversation and small business, which led him to launch Hampshire Oil with his wife. He also made a living as a home builder/contractor and truck driver. He spent summers running a wholesale vegetable business, where many road-siders across New England also knew him as “Chuck the Corn Man.”
Chuck was a funny and witty conversationalist who laughed easily and always had a story to share. He loved to read the news and gather notes for future conversations with his family. Chuck was a great cook, and over the years many friends and family enjoyed a Whitmore Sunday dinner. Chuck’s daughters were the light of his life, and he took every opportunity to talk about their many accomplishments.
He is survived by his daughters, Lindsey Whitmore of Jersey City, New Jersey and Kristen Whitmore, of Somerville, Mass., as well as by Cindy Whitmore of Sunderland; his step-mother Jane Whitmore of New Hampshire, his sisters Dianne Law of Maine and Laura Whitmore Sexton of New Hampshire, and his brother Scott Whitmore of Washington D.C., along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his brother Thomas Whitmore.
Calling hours will be held Thursday, September 1st from 5 to 8pm at Douglass Funeral Home at 87 North Pleasant St. in Amherst. A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 2nd at 10am at the same location. Memorial donations may be made in his name to Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) at buylocalfood.org.
Amherst, Robert “Bobby Don” Colbert, age 65, of Amherst, Massachusetts, died Friday, August 12, 2016, in Boston, Massachusetts. Robert was born September 28, 1950, in Reagan, Texas, the son of Bobbie Jean (Coleman) Nickols (d. February 5, 1995) and Vernon Colbert (d. April 20, 1997). He was preceded in death by one brother, Johnny Lee Woods (d. February 7, 1990). He married Marjorie Lyn Magouirk Colbert on June 28, 1973, in Lawrence, Kansas. Their daughters Melissa Lynn Colbert and her fiancé Kristi Lynne Woodworth and Jennifer Marie Colbert survive. He is also survived by a sister Sabrina Simpson, and beloved extended family.
Robert graduated from high school in Littlefield, Texas, and continued his education receiving a B.S. in Education and an M.S. in School Counseling from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Madison. His academic career included faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Connecticut Storrs where he was tenured and served as Coordinator of the School Counseling Program.
His research focused on strategies for preparing school counselors for work in urban environments and in increasing college attendance by urban youth. Robert was an avid long-distance runner, a dedicated golfer, enjoyed meditation and playing his guitar. Family and friendships were important in his life and he would have been humbled by the recognition of many who considered him an important figure in their lives. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will occur at a later date. Memorials can be sent to the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education Dean’s Fund on behalf of Robert Colbert for school counseling students of color.
Amherst, Young-Ok Kim Westort, daughter of Chang-Mo Kim & Chang Sun Lim died peacefully on August 18th, 2016 at the age of 88. Kim was born in Pyongyang North Korea in 1928. She was a 1950 graduate of a Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul South Korea where she majored in English literature. Kim came to the United States in 1956 where she earned her Master’s degree in clinical social work in 1958 at the University of Pennsylvania. Kim settled in Amherst Massachusetts in 1963, and went on to devote her career to helping and advocating for the disabled and those in need. When she retired in 1998, she was the senior-most social worker employed by the state of Massachusetts.
Kim was committed to raising her four children, mostly as a single mother, characterized by strength, love, and compassion, and her commitment to the importance of education. Beloved mother to Thomas, Caroline, Michael, and Matthew. Devoted grandmother to Liliana, Amanda, Adria, Sophia, Maia, Natalie, Theo, and Greyson. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Funeral services will be Monday August 22, at 11:00 am at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. Calling hours will precede the service from 9:00 – 11:00 am. A private burial will follow.
SHUTESBURY – Charles Davis Read, 16, of Old Orchard Road passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at home on August 15, 2016. He had spent the last weeks of his life happily connected with extended family on Cape Cod and with his friends and family at home.
Charlie was born in Northampton on May 31, 2000 and has been loved and cherished by his family, by his Old Orchard Road neighbors, and by his community of Shutesbury. He was educated at Shutesbury Elementary School and at Amherst Regional Middle and High Schools.
Charlie loved sports and began playing hockey with the Amherst Hockey Association and baseball with Amherst Baseball. He eventually enjoyed playing both sports for his high school teams as well. He aspired to become a counselor at the Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center.
Charlie was a great friend, a sensitive spirit, had a wonderful sense of humor and a smile that could light up a room, and above all had an unflagging perseverance. Throughout his life, Charlie’s family, his devoted teams of teachers, his coaches, his friends, teammates, camp and his youth group have been essential in shaping his extraordinary character.
Besides his parents Clifton and Arleen and his sister Susan, he is survived by his paternal grandmother Charlotte Brooks Read of Concord, his aunt Martha Read of Belmont, his aunt Susan and uncle Ken Read-Brown of Hingham, his uncle Roger and aunt Lynn Peterson Read of Belmont, his aunt Kathy Wall of Wilson NC, his uncle Tom and aunt Kathy Wall of Frenchtown NJ, his aunt Bonnie and uncle Burt Logan of Bexley OH, his aunt Jeannette Wall of North Plainfield NJ, his beloved cousins Sandra Begley with her husband Neil and their son Lowell; Adam Read-Brown and his wife Daniella Schmidt, Eliza Read-Brown, Willis Read-Button, Colin Read, Hannah Read, Mark Logan and his daughter Corrin, Garrett Logan, and Sean Logan, and his dear friends Luke, Eric, Anna and Piper. We have all been blessed to have had him in our lives. He is predeceased by his paternal grandfather Charles Rodes Read, and his maternal grandparents Thomas and Anne (Marcinkiewicz) Wall.
A celebration of Charlie’s life will be held at a date to be announced later. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Amherst Baseball (PO Box 3501 Amherst 01004), the Epilepsy Foundation (www.epilepsy.com), or the Charlie Read Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center, 65 Wentworth Manor Dr. Amherst, MA 01002 Attn. Victoria Shaw.
Hadley, Virginia MacMillan Kendall died of ovarian cancer at her home in Hadley on Tuesday, August 16, 2016.
Ginny was born on December 26, 1929 in Framingham MA to Ruth and Murray MacMillan. She grew up in New York State and worked for a time in NYC, where she met her husband of 61 years, Ralph “Nick” Kendall.
Although she had several jobs, her favorite career – and that of which she was most proud – was being “a mother of two amazing, spectacular daughters,” Susie and Cyn who were, in her words, “my gift to the world.”
After working for six years as Assistant Director of Admissions at Hampshire College, Ginny spent her time volunteering first as a breast cancer advocate and then, following 9/11, with Red Cross Disaster Relief, traveling across the country to assist those in need following natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.
Some of her many other interests and volunteer experiences include the Hospice Shop in Northampton, Habitat for Humanity, Opportunities for Communities, Not for Bread Alone, as well as countless volunteer excursions with her daughter, Cyn. She was active as a Hospice volunteer, participated in Relay for Life, and was passionate about the environment and politics.
Ginny loved traveling to Cape Cod as well as different continents. She felt privileged to be able to travel to different parts of the world such as Africa, Thailand, New Zealand, and Australia. There were summer trips to the Cape with Nick, Susie, Cyn and her sister’s family during the 1960s and 1970s; following the purchase of a cottage on MacCallum’s Point on Prince Edward Island, summer vacations shifted north across the Canadian border.
A staunch supporter of those in need and a fierce friend, Ginny left her indelible mark on the world. She was an active member of the Travelers’ Tea, her book group, and Caring Companions through First Congregational Church. She lived her entire life with grace, dignity, and integrity; she loved deeply and with unequivocal commitment.
Ginny is survived by her husband, Ralph (Nick); her daughters, Susie Carlisle and her husband Mark, and Cyn Kendall and her husband Jim Barbaro; her “adopted” son Paul Greenfield, from Australia; her sister, Janice; her grandchildren Heather, Meredith and her husband Jarrod Colicchie, Andrew and his wife Meg, Chaeli, and Noah; and her great-granddaughter Piper.
A memorial service in celebration of Ginny’s life will be held on Saturday, August 27 at 1 pm at First Congregational Church in Amherst (colorful clothing, please!). In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Amherst Survival Center (138 Sunderland Rd., North Amherst, MA) or Opportunities for Communities (260 Lincoln Avenue, Amherst MA).
Amherst, Violet Louise (Gavin) Robinson, of Amherst, MA and previously of Regent Street Roxbury, MA , passed away peacefully at Care One Nursing facility on Thursday, August 11th.Violet was born in Manchester Jamaica WI, on March 26th, 1927 to William and Calvie Gavin, moving first to London England in the 1950’s and then to Boston in 1974. Violet’s husband, Wilton Wilcutt Robinson died in January, 1999. In addition to raising six children, Violet worked in nursing, first in the UK, and then at Boston City Hospital; later she worked at the Long Island Shelter until her retirement at age 78. Violet’s compassionate and tireless work at the shelter, earned her special commendations from former Mayors Ray Flynn and Thomas Menino. Violet was a devout Catholic, who lived to serve others and took pleasure in travel to holy destinations. Her travels to see the Pope brought her great joy. Violet is survived by her six children: Glenroy Robinson of Toronto Canada; Sandra Ramswell of Beckshill-on-Sea, England; Orinthia Ashley of Brooklyn NY; Jasmine Robinson of Amherst MA; Audley Robinson of Amherst MA; and Helen Robinson of London England. Violet is survived by four of seven siblings: Margaret Nelson of New York; Dulce Saunders of London UK; Guionne Lozanne of North Carolina; and Daisy Ferris of Dallas Texas. Violet’s large family includes sixteen grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, many nephews and nieces, and countless others who called her Mum.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday August 19, 10:30 AM at the Newman Catholic Center, Amherst, with a graveside burial at Fairview Cemetery in Hyde Park, Boston at 10am on Saturday, August 20th, followed by a celebration of her life at Saint Patrick’s Church in Roxbury, Saturday at 11am.
Leverette, Lynette S. Rife, 66, died from leukemia on August 10 after a hard fought battle of 20 months which she bore with incredible strength and courage. She was born in Santa Monica, California on July 22, 1950 to the late Ray B. Sorensen and Betty E. Sorensen. She had a wonderful marriage of 45 years to her husband Frank, of Leverett, Massachusetts, and leaves behind her son Jason, of Santa Monica, California, her daughter Nicole and her husband David and their daughter Zhen of Santa Monica, California, her son Jared and his wife Rachel and their children Jackson, Madison, Emerson and Ellison, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and her son Jeremy and his wife Paige of South Jordan, Utah.
Lynette worked at National Evaluation Systems and later Pearson for many years but her greatest joy was being a wife, a Mother and to helping others. Her personality attracted so many to her and she had a knack of bringing out the best in other people and made many true friends in the process. She spent much of her time serving in various callings at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as she was a life-long member. Her genuine love for others makes it no surprise that neighbors and friends still maintained a strong contact with her over the years even after they moved away.
Lynette and her husband also spent time traveling to places in Europe, Central America, and Thailand. She loved talking about those experiences and sharing pictures of their travels. Her home was filled with items from her travels.
She will be fondly remembered for her energy, her humor and a smile that made everyone feel comfortable when she was around.
Calling hours will be Friday, August 12, from 4–7 p.m. and the funeral service will be on Saturday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 23 Brigham Lane in Amherst. Burial will follow in East Leverette Cemetery. Please send all flower arrangements to Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst.
Amherst, Phyllis Fairweather Agard, died peacefully at home on Friday August 5, 2016, she was the daughter of Harold D. Fairweather and Maude Agard Fairweather, was born in West Hartford, CT in 1920. She graduated from West Hartford High School and received an associate degree from Pratt Institute of Design in New York City. In 1942 she married Robert Mason Agard of Williamstown, MA. The couple spent their early married years, during WWII, in Washington, DC, where Phyllis worked for the War Department as a mapmaker.
The couple raised their family in Ripon, WI; Richmond, IN; Amherst, MA; and North Bennington, VT. In 1983, after Robert Agard retired, they returned to Amherst. At that time Chamnan Koy, from Battambang, Cambodia, joined the family. Robert Agard died in 2003. Phyllis Agard continued to live in their family home, latterly with her youngest daughter and family.
Phyllis and her husband were active members of Mount Toby Friends (Quaker) Meeting in Leverett, MA, serving as Clerk and participating on a number of committees. Phyllis was active in community service, most notably mental health care, low income and accessible housing, and refugee resettlement.
Phyllis is pre-deceased by her husband, three sisters and two brothers, and by granddaughter, Amber MIller. She is survived by daughters Anne Agard, Ellen Agard, Jennette Agard, Susan Agard Krause and Chamnan Koy Tan; by grandchildren Tristan, Amalia and Margaret Krause; Katherine Silgard Stewart and Emily Silgard; Tiffany, Melanie, Emily and Andrew Tan; and by great grandchildren Drake and Ewan Stewart.
Final arrangements are being handled privately by Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst. In the manner of Friends (Quakers) a Memorial Meeting will be held at a later date.
Amherst – John E. Shea, or Jack as he was affectionately known, passed away on July 30, 2016, in Northampton, Ma. He was born in Holyoke, Ma. in 1935, the son of John H. Shea and Mary Winifred Maher Shea. He was a graduate of Au Sable Forks High School, in Au Sable Forks, N.Y. and St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt. in 1956. Upon graduation he served in the US Army for two years. He then worked construction on the missile bases in the Adirondacks. Later he was employed at Hamilton Standard in Windsor Locks, Ct. After his retirement from Hamilton Standard he began working at the Amherst Golf Club in the Pro Shop. He was still employed there at the time of his death.
He led a very full life, spending time between the Adirondacks (Au Sable Forks, N.Y.) and Amherst, Massachusetts. Living in the Adirondacks instilled in him a love of winter sports, particularly bobsledding. He spent many weekends bobsledding at the Olympic run in Lake Placid. As a young boy living in Amherst he learned the game of golf playing with his dad at the Amherst Golf Club. He became quite an accomplished golfer, amassing many trophies though the years. In later years he wrote a history of the Amherst Golf Club for their centennial celebration in 2000. As a result of this, he developed a keen interest in researching and writing about many of the activities associated with his life in the Adirondacks, including research into local bobsledders, history of the Indole Golf Club, where he had also been a member, and the Fireman’s Softball league.
He is survived by his sisters, Jane Chalmers and husband Tom, of Lady Lake, Fl. and Kathleen Weatherwax and husband Don of Amherst. Also surviving are his nieces Karen Carey–Agustin and husband Lorenzo of Amherst, Shawn Durocher and her husband Richard of Princeton, Ma. One nephew Brian Chalmers of Carlisle, Pa. Predeceasing him was his nephew Thomas Chalmers also of Amherst. In addition, he is survived by 5 great nieces and nephews, Justin Carey, Jameson Carey, Ava Carey-Agustin, Olivia Durocher and Christina Durocher.
Calling hours are at the Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst from 5p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday Aug. 4. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Friday Aug. 5, at the Newman Center 472 North Pleasant St. in Amherst followed by burial in the South Amherst Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to St. Michael’s College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 1 Winooski Park Colchester, Vt. 05439 or Amherst Golf Club, C/O Members’ Court, 365 So. Pleasant St. Amherst, Ma. 01002