ROGER WILLIAM BRITCH

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HIGHGATE CENTER — Roger William Britch, age 85 years, died early Tuesday morning, June 30, 2015, at his Gore Road residence with loving family at his side.

Born in East Highgate on, March 26, 1930, he was the son of the late George Edwin and Dorothy Ruby (Copeland) Britch. He attended schools in Highgate and on, Feb. 14, 1953, was married to the former Mary Cantell who survives him.

For many years Roger owned and operated dairy farms in East Highgate and Franklin and worked for the Sheldon Pulp Mill. In addition he especially enjoyed the many years that he worked as a groundskeeper looking after the property of Attorney John Kissane. He was an avid reader and loved westerns. He and Mary always enjoyed a good time, had a close group of friends and loved dancing and playing cards.

Roger faithfully served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Era and was a member of the American Legion, Green Mountain Post 1 of St Albans.

In addition to his wife, Mary, of 62 years Roger leaves six children, James Britch of S. Burlington, Cynthia Poirier of Milton, George Britch and his wife, Patricia, of Highgate, Howard Britch of Highgate, Leah Britch of Richford and Heidi Britch-Valenta and husband, Kurt, of Berkshire; grandchildren, Chelsea, Hillary, Ryan, Crystal, Frances, David, Dillon, Jacob,  Henry, Birch, Joseph, Tyler, Bowen, Mitchell, Dustin, Eva, Paloma and Marlena; seven great grandchildren; a sister, Faith Britch-Thompson of Chelmsford, Mass., as well as many nieces and nephews.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, July 4, 2015, at 11 a.m. from Saint Louis Roman Catholic Church, 186 Lamkin St, Highgate Center. Father Luke P. Austin will be the celebrant and homilist. The Rite of Committal and Interment with military honors will follow in the East Highgate Cemetery, Hanna Road, East Highgate.

Friends may call at The Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Avenue, Swanton on Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Father Austin will conclude the evening with a Vigil Service at 8:45 p.m. and remain after for private confessions.

Gifts in Roger’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans 05478.

To offer private online condolences please visit: www.kiddermemorialhome.com.