CASTLETON — Services for John Phillip Lord, 64, who died Thursday, May 31, 2012 while being airlifted to Albany Medical Center were held June 4 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Castleton.
He was born at home on the dining room table on March 30, 1948, to Elizabeth (Murray) and Norma Lord in Hydeville. In true John Lord humor, he always said he remembered hearing the dog bark when the doctor pulled in the driveway.
He was a 1966 graduate of Fair Haven Union High School. While still in high school, he began Lord Brothers Building with his two brothers with whom he also later began another company, Drol Enterprises.
In the late 70s, after dissolving Lord Brothers, he ventured out on his own, operating a successful contracting business for the past 35 years.
In addition to John Lord Building and Remodeling, he began an Honest Abe Log Homes franchise in 2003 named Log Homes By Lord. In addition to the long days and hard work he did, he found time to serve the community he called home his entire life as a town Selectman as well as holding several officer positions on the Castleton Fire Department over his more than 10 years of service to the department. Most everyone who had the honor of meeting John had a funny or heartwarming story to tell.
John went out of his way to help anyone he came upon who needed it, whether it a stranded motorist, building a casket for a man’s dog that had just died or helping a friend with home repairs.
On his 20th birthday, he married the love of his life, Joan (Duffy) in Dumont, N.J., with whom he built a wonderful life and raised three daughter’s who throughout their entire lives thought the sun rose and set with their dad.
John and Joan created a life filled with fun, laughter and love for their girls and later their sons-in-law and grandchildren who are blessed to have many incredible memories that will last them a lifetime. John’s love for his grandchildren was immense and he talked about them incessantly. Over the years, John and Joan opened their home and hearts to many and made them honorary members of the family.
Among John’s survivors are his beloved wife, Joan; his daughter Kimberly Cummings and her husband Jason and their children, Joshua and Gabrielle, all of Everett, Washington; daughter, Michelle McCollum and her husband Timothy and their son Patrick Bowen, all of Killington; and daughter, Kristen Notte, and her husband Christopher and their children Elizabeth and Joseph, all of Rutland; honorary daughter Kimberly Woodard of Hydeville; honorary daughter Colleen Ruiz, her husband Philip and their children Trina and Tricia, all of Castleton; brothers, Norman Lord (Linda) and Roger Lord (Deborah); sisters, Nancy Curry, Elizabeth (r Dolly as John always called her) Proctor (Kenneth) and Sally Eugair (John.) John always considered Joan’s family as his own which included brothers James Duffy (Deborah) and John Duffy (Susan,) sisters, Audrey Ussher, Judith Manzi, Sharon Alicea, Elizabeth Mooney (James) and Jeannette Zaccaria (George,) special family friend Joanne Durham and special nieces, Alice Dalena and Loni Lacross among countless other nieces and nephews whom he loved with all his heart and of course his beloved dog who is lost without him, Betsey.
He was predeceased by his parents; and parents-in-law; and brothers-in-law Joseph Duffy and Arthur Duffy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Dick Snyder Fund at the Rutland Veterinary Clinic.
This obituary first appeared in the June 7, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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