CHELSEA — A memorial service for Gary D. Cushman, 54, who died Feb. 26, at the Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, after a short battle with Leukemia, will be held Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at the United Church of Chelsea. Pastor Tom Harty will officiate. Calling hours will be held on Friday, March 8 from 6-8 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. at the Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea. A private burial will be held at a later date in the Highland Cemetery in Chelsea.
He was born on Sept. 2, 1958 in Barre, the son of George and Reba (Spear) Cushman.
He attended school in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1976. He attended the Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, where he graduated in 1978.
On May 2, 1981, he married Donna Allen of Riverton.
They have made their home in Chelsea all their married life.
Gary worked his entire career, over 35 years, at H.E.B. Manufacturing in Chelsea where he was the Production Control Manager.
He was a member of the George Washington Lodge #51 F. and A.M., Chelsea Historical Society, Chelsea Fish and Game Club, a former member of the Chelsea Horseshoe League and former Hunter Safety Instructor and Boy Scout leader, all of Chelsea; a member of the Beer Can Collectors of America and former Regional Director of the American Breweriana Association.
He loved playing cribbage, billiards, Frisbee, barbecuing on the grill and his dog, “Chuckie.”
His passion and interest was collecting antiques, especially those from Vermont or Chelsea. He owned and operated a small antique shop at the south end of Chelsea village for many years before selling antiques at a booth in Quechee Gorge Village in Quechee. He loved to attend collector shows with his friends.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Cushman; a son, Adam Cushman; his father, George Cushman; and his brother, Brian Cushman and his wife, Jane, all of Chelsea; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother, Reba Cushman in 2008.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Garden Room, c/o Gifford Medical Center, 44 South Main Street, Randolph, 05060.
This obituary first appeared in the March 7, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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