SARASOTA, Fla. — Funeral arrangements are being handled by Toale Bros. for Vern Sawyer of Sarasota who died on Sept. 25.
He is survived by his wife Renata, his niece Ranja Frommer Tilev, his brother-in-law Reiner Frommer and a large family in Finland.
Vern grew up in Woodstock, Vermont, was a 3-Letter man at Woodstock High School and was self-supporting with his own business at 16.
After graduating from the University of Vermont, he joined PPG Industries, where he advanced to Director of Purchasing with global responsibilities. He actively volunteered within the communities to which his corporate jobs took him.
During the Korean conflict, he graduated from the Army OCS and served in Europe. Following his discharge, he served in the Inactive Reserves and was promoted to 1st Lt. before resigning.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Sarasota Co., Inc. 2331 15th St., Sarasota FL.
This obituary first appeared in the October 3, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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