HARTLAND — Funeral services for Earl H. Coombs, 82, a longtime resident of Hartland, died April 18, 2012 at the Mt. Ascutney Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility in Windsor, were held April 23 at the First Congregational Church in Hartland. Rev. Lucia Jackson officiated. Burial followed in the Hartland Village Cemetery.
He was born Jan. 7, 1930, in Hartland, the son of Clifford and Winifred (Davis) Coombs.
He received his school in Harland.
He married Nancy Atkins in Hartland on June 1, 1949.
Earl was employed as a machinist at the Former Cone Blanchard Machine Tool Company in Windsor for several years and later at Netam Corporation in North Hartland. He was employed as a mason of Ivan Johnson in Woodstock and most recently worked for the Town of Hartland as foreman of the road crew until his retirement.
Mr. Coombs was a member of the Hartland Volunteer Fire Department and also volunteered at the Hartland Roast Beef suppers. He enjoyed dancing and was a member of the Sugarhouse Swingers Square Dance Group in Woodstock, and a member of the Hartland Hill Hoppers Snowmobile Club. He had volunteered at the Hartland Recreational Center for many years and had done caretaker working for homes in Hartland.
He was fond of riding his Honda Gold Wing motorcycle, enjoyed woodworking and small engine repair. Earl loved to be outdoors, camping, fishing, hunting, traveling and taking weekend trips to Island Pond with friends to snowmobile. He enjoyed music and playing his base fiddle, harmonica and trumpet. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.
Survivors include three daughters, Janie White and her husband, Paul, Joanie Bjorkman and her husband, Kenny and Christine Countemanche and her husband, Peter, all of Hartland; one son, Richard E. Coombs and his wife, Sue of East Stoneham, Maine; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Coombs passed away on April 4, 2008. He was also predeceased by one brother, Stanley; and two sisters, Madeline and Thelma.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Therapeutic Department at the Mt. Ascuenty Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility at 289 County Road, Windsor; 05089.
The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor was in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed to his family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com
This obituary first appeared in the April 26, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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