SWANTON — Ralph Carroll Hubbard, 86 passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 with family by his side at his home in Swanton, Vt.
Ralph was born on April 28, 1930 in Swanton to Edith and G. Raymond Hubbard of Swanton.
Ralph graduated from Swanton High School in 1947 and the Vermont School of Agriculture in Randolph Center, Vt. in 1948. He met the love of his life, Patricia Elizabeth (Prior) Hubbard while attending school, and they married on June 18, 1950.
Ralph served in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. He returned to Vermont in 1957, to pursue his lifelong passion of farming when he purchased and managed his family dairy farm. Ralph was an active member of the Swanton community, serving on numerous committees and organizations. Two of his most treasured positions were serving as the vice president of the Missisquoi Valley Union School Board and vice president of the St. Albans Co-operative Creamery. After retiring from farming, he worked with his brother, John Hubbard as a carpenter for many years. Ralph enjoyed spending time visiting with friends and family, and meeting many friends during his winters spent in Florida.
Ralph is survived by his wife of 66 years, Patricia Elizabeth Hubbard, and his four children Dick and Barb Hubbard of Leland, N.C., Jim and Jennifer Hubbard of Swanton, Jeff Hubbard and his partner Kelly Hall of Swanton, and Bob and Maria Hubbard of St. Albans. Ralph leaves behind his grandchildren, Cory Hubbard, Alex Hubbard and fiancé Lori LoGuidice, Ryan Hubbard, Joie Hatin and husband Chris, Jack Hubbard and wife Danielle, Jake Hubbard, Rachel Berthiaume and husband Erik, Tori Hubbard, Derek Heald and wife Ashley, Ryan Heald and partner Kristy St. Francis; three great-grandchildren, Colton and Addison Hatin and Aubree Heald. Ralph also leaves his brother John Hubbard of Swanton and his sister, Virginia Dunbar of W. Glover and several nieces and nephews
He was predeceased by his brother George Hubbard.
Ralph’s family would like to extend their sincerest thanks to the Franklin County Home Health Agency and Hospice Program for their wonderful support and professional care.
A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. from The Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Avenue, Swanton. Father Luke P. Austin will officiate. Entombment will follow to await spring interment at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in Ralph’s memory may be made to the Young Cooperators Scholarship Fund in care of the, Saint Albans Cooperative Creamery, 138 Federal Street, St. Albans 05478.
To offer private on line condolences please visit: www.kiddermemorialhome.com