Letters: Your thanks

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Editor of the Reformer:

Our family wishes to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to our wonderful community for their love and support at the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather Laurence "Larry" Lynch Sr.

From the moment Larry was stricken we were surrounded immediately with help and support. God Bless the first responders and friends that were here visiting and assisted our grandson, also a first responder, in giving immediate skilled care to Larry and quickly summoned help, including neighbors in the medical profession. West Dummerston Volunteer Fire Department rescue and first responders as well as Rescue Inc. came in record time and gave superb incomparable medical care.

The Reverend Susanna Griefen came immediately also with her prayers and calming presence. She, as well as many friends, stayed with us until the early morning hours. Susanna spent hours with us in the days following his passing. She made sure that every detail of Larry's service was in place. Her love and care shown through and was invaluable to our family.

Laurence was a firefighter for over 50 years and on behalf of his time and dedication to fire service his family thanks the West Dummerston Volunteer Fire Department for honoring Larry's life by providing a ride to his final resting place at the cemetery in one of their fire trucks followed by many firefighters from Dummerston and surrounding towns. We would like to thank Retired Chief David Emery for leading the honorable tradition of a fireman's funeral. The fire department was a part of Larry's life and we thank them all for not only being there for him but for his family as well.

Thank you to the Dummerston Congregational Church for all their hard work and accommodations for our family and friends and for their prayers and prayer shawls. The Evening Star Grange is dear to our hearts and we extend our thanks to the good people who helped make Laurence's services possible and for providing an after gathering. Beth Perkins and the staff at Ker Westerlund Funeral home were so wonderful to our family and went above and beyond their duties by special ordering a hand crafted Maple leaf urn as well as prayer cards and a portrait of Larry.

The Brattleboro Reformer wrote a beautiful piece about Laurence's life in Dummerston. He certainly was one of a kind to us but we can tell you from our hearts that this community is full of people with the same spirit of caring that he showed everyone. Our family has found comfort in each other and friends in the days and weeks following the loss of Laurence. He was the rock in our family and a cornerstone in the community. Although his absence is felt deeply we know a part of him will be forever in this area living in the spirit of this great community.

With sincere thanks and love.

Carol, Larry Jr, Lori, Carol Ann, Rodney Sr., Rodney Jr., Venus, Amanda, Tyler, Shawn and Carter Dummerston, Nov. 19

Editor of the Reformer:

We, Paul Richard Dartt's family, would like to publicly thank Tom Costello, his wife Patty, retired Vice Admiral Barry Costello and his wife Sharon, for a fantastic and most enjoyable evening, honoring local Vermont men who gave their lives in Vietnam. The evening began with a special mass at St. Michael's Catholic Church dedicated to the 11 honorees.

So much planning and organizing went in to make this evening such a memorable and successful occasion. You are to be commended for all aspects of making this such a celebration for all to enjoy. To all the family, friends and supporters that attended, your presence was uplifting and most appreciated!

Thank you to Bill Holiday for overseeing the slide presentation and photos of these young men, and more importantly, his guidance of the high school students who made the presentation on each of the 11 men being honored. You all did a remarkable job, and we felt privileged to have you represent our loved ones.

As usual, the Legion band is to be commended for their performance. They made the evening most enjoyable and memorable to all.

To the cooks, servers, the people that did the seating, the sponsors and everyone involved in this special evening, thank you for all your hard work. It truly was a remarkable evening, thanks to all of you.

Finally, thank you for the inscribed vase made specifically for each of the veterans, and for allowing us to share memories of our loved ones, and honoring them with such a beautifully, thoughtful and moving tribute.

Kathleen A. Macie Vernon, Nov. 23


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