RICE HILL/HIGHGATE — Reginald West, age 89, passed away unexpectedly at his home of natural causes on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.
He was born Jan. 10, 1924 in Sheldon, the son of the late Leo T and Elizabeth (Cross) West, the second eldest of 14 siblings. On Aug. 22, 1944 he was married to Rita Beyor who predeceased him in February 2005. Reginald attended Sheldon schools. He bought his first dairy farm in 1942 and retired from farming in 1986. For many years Reg worked as many as four jobs at the same time: dairy farmer, cattle and calf dealer and hauling milk to support his growing family. He was also a licensed auctioneer for many years.
In his early years, he enjoyed trout fishing, playing baseball and softball and managed men and women’s softball teams. For over 40 years Reg was known locally for volunteering his time to umpire Little League and girls’ softball games and was well known for his extensive knowledge of the rules of the game at all levels of play. He especially enjoyed deer hunting, rifle, bow and black powder. He was one of the founders of the Sheldon Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Sheldon Planning Commission and Chairman for 19 years. In May 2006, Reg was recognized by the State of Vermont for his many years of civic involvement with the Town of Sheldon and the State of Vermont by awarding him with the Vermont Public Service Award.
In his retirement, deer hunting continued to be his passion both in Vermont and for many years in Pennsylvania with his grandson, Brian, and son-in-law Ray Flynn. He shot his last deer, #60 in Vermont in October 2011 at the age of 87.
Reginald is survived by his children and their families, Sandy Flynn (Ray) of Levittown, Pa., Paulette Tatro (Dwight) of Highgate, Dianna Capsey (Gary) of Montgomery, Gary R. West (Barbara) of Highgate, Gaylord L. West of Sheldon, and Brenda McDonald (Hollis) of Burke, N.Y.
Reginald is survived by 21 grandchildren, Tracy Lomurno (Michael), Brian Sked (Colleen), Steven Sked (Adelina), Julie Beyor and her companion, Michael Laroche, Lisa Beyor, Brent Beyor (Allison), Sara Rainville (Justin), Karie Henry (Mark), Patty Capsey, Kenneth Capsey (Naomi), Christie Mitchell (Trevor), Gary West and his fiancé, Jessica Toulis, Marcy Stefaniak (Eric), Lindsay Ladd (Stephen), Stacey West, Jamie Farrar (Michael), Shellie, Meghan and Jeremy West, Travis and Brandon McDonald.
He is also survived by 30 great grandchildren: Jake and Justin Lomurno, Ashley, Devon and Paige and Sienna Sked, Jessica Savage, Michaela and Nicholas Martin, Zoe, Dylan and Kevin Beyor, Brooke and Emma Rainville, Christine Hunger (Ian), Lance and Hunter Henry, Kaiden Capsey, Kimberly and David Parsons, Connor Mitchell, Hailey, Ethan and Jayden Stefaniak, Jeffory Ladd, Ariel Cooper, Nathaniel and Kameron Lefebvre, Avery Choquette, Hayden and Wyatt Lieske and Kyson Sylvester and two great-great grandchildren, Jace Savage and Ayden Lillquist.
Reginald is also survived by two brothers and seven sisters: Leo West, Jr. (Marie Anne) of Sheldon, Irene Montgomery of Franklin, Elizabeth Norris of St. Albans, Joyce Menard (Daniel) of Fairfield, Lee West (Sharron) of Laferia, Texas; Elaine Reed (Donald) of Sheldon, Barbara Colby (Richard) of St. Albans, Carolyn Rondeau (Andre) of Sheldon and Patricia Nolan (Dennis) of Highgate; a sister-in-law, Beatrice Cook of St. Albans; a brother-in-law, Lucien Menard, Jr. of Swanton; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by four sisters, Wanda Plante, Virginia Goulette, Gloria Beyor and Marion Teague.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 117 Shawville Road, Sheldon Springs with Rev. Roger Charbonneau celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Following the Mass interment will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery.
Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home 96 Dickinson Avenue, Enosburg Falls
For those who wish, contributions in Reginald’s memory may be made to Care Partners Adult Day Care, 34 Franklin Park West, St. Albans, VT 05478 or the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
Private messages of condolence may be sent to Reginald’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com