There will be a celebration of life for Barry on Sunday, June 8th at 2 p.m. at the Bridgewater Congregational Church.
BRIDGEWATER — A springtime service will be announced at a later date for Barry Gene Brownell of Bridgewater, who died at his home the morning of Feb. 4.
He was born in Hanover, N.H. on June 8, 1946. After the death of his parents, Roy Brownell and Charlotte (Pilon) Brownell, he was raised in Bridgewater by his grandmother Lela Pilon along with his brother, Bradley, now deceased, and his uncle, Charles Solger of Fairlee.
He graduated from Woodstock Union High School in 1965 among classmates that have stayed close and supportive. He served four years in the United States Marine Corp, remaining a Marine at heart all of his life.
He was a Vermont Fish and Game Warden in the Northeast Kingdom and a deputy Warden in Windsor County before being employed by the Town of Woodstock as Waste Water Treatment Plant Supervisor for 40 years, from 1972 to retirement in 2012.
Barry had a passion for deer hunting, often in Maine and Maryland with his friends and a fondness for fishing, both deep sea and inland. He was a NASCAR racing fan and especially enjoyed attending the Las Vegas, Nev. event. His zest for life and sense of humor never waivered during his long illness.
He is survived by his wife, Norma (Kearsley) Brownell; a daughter Nora Waterman of Perkinsville; a son Seth Brownell of Bridgewater; a stepdaughter Jessica Rowell of Caanan, N.H. a stepson Eben Martin of Stratford; and three grandsons, Devin and Austin Waterman of Bridgewater and Hunter Grace of Ascutney.
His family would like to thank the Bayada Hospice Team for their support, most notably Sherri Lorette, R.N. for her cheerful manner and keen insight. Thanks go also to the Bridgewater Fast Squad for their many assists during the last year. Donations may be made to them in Barry’s memory at PO Box 122, Bridgewater, VT. 05034.
This obituary first appeared in a February 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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