Edd Merritt, Contributing Editor
Congratulationto Coco Eyre who, as a previous contestant on “Chopped Jr.” on the Food Network, was chosen this year to serve on a 10-person panel of judges for the 2018 Junior Iron Chef Vermont competition held on March 17 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. Coco is the daughter of Melissa O’Brien and Richard Eyre of Charlotte. See photo on page 23
Sympathy is extended to family and friends of John C. Sheehan of East Charlotte who passed away March 12 at the age of 90. John leaves a long legacy in town, having been born here and returning in 1948 after serving in the U.S. Army and Air Force to help his father run the family farm. After marrying Helen Looby of Vergennes, the two settled in East Charlotte, where John ran two nearby farms.
In addition to helping raise a family of six children, he was one of the first school-bus drivers for the newly formed CVU High School. After 18 years of running the farms, John and Helen reluctantly took the Dairy Buyout. John continued to work with Hinsdale Properties and finished his regular work career driving trucks and heavy machinery for the Town of Charlotte.
Unable to remain housebound, John helped his son John II with his lawn-mowing business and participated in the annual Tractor Parade where he was grand marshal the last two years.
Five sons and daughters survive him: John II, JoAnn, Kathy, Marty and Michael, along with his daughter-in-law Vivian, 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Vermont-Northern New England Chapter in the name of Lindsay Sheehan.
Sympathy is extended to family and friends of Virginia R. Neiley of Shelburne who passed away November 17 at the age of 96. Her surviving family includes George Neiley III and his wife, Ellen, of Charlotte. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations and remembrances of her be sent to the Cynthia Neiley Hyde Scholarship Fund, Rivermont Collegiate School (formerly St. Katherine’s School), 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf, IA 52722.