STRAFFORD — There will be no public calling hours. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. at the Sharon Congregational Church for Robert D. “Bob” Nutting, 69, who died Aug. 22at the Gifford Medical Center in Randolph after a courageous battle with cancer. Rev. Duane Brown and Rev. Douglas Moore will officiate. A time of fellowship and refreshment will follow the service at the Sharon Elementary School.
He was born Aug. 20 1945, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, son of Everett D.”Tink” and Annie M. (Ferris) Nutting.
He attended school in Sharon and later South Royalton where he graduated in 1968 from South Royalton High School.
On Oct. 21, 1967, he married Rae Marie Stender of South Royalton. They lived most of their married life in Strafford.
Bob attended the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford and became a Deputy Fish and Game Warden in 1968; he served in this position for 20 years. He was also an Orange County Deputy Sheriff for over 20 years. For the last 40 years he was the Facilities Manager for the Sharon Elementary School and also drove bus for over 45 years. Bob was also the Rural Route Mail Carrier “America’s Mailman” for Strafford and Sharon for over 20 years.
He was a member of the National Rifle Association, the North American Hunting Club and Temple #54 Masonic Lodge in Strafford.
He enjoyed deer hunting, Bluegrass and country music, watching old westerns and hunting videos and sword fighting with his grandchildren. He was an avid New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys fan. Bob loved his many friends and would stop any time of day to talk with someone he knew. He had a great sense of humor, which he kept throughout his illness. He will be greatly missed by the people of Central Vermont and the Upper Valley.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Rae Marie Nutting of Strafford; a son, Dillon Nutting and his wife Marina Silvio of Strafford; a daughter, Lacey Becotte and her husband James; two grandchildren, Jackson and Jasmine Becotte all of Pelham, New Hampshire; and several cousins and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to, Bob Nutting Camp Fund (to be used to help Strafford and Sharon kids attend Downer 4-H Camp), P.O. Box 123, South Royalton, 05068.
The Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home, Chelsea is in charge of arrangements.
A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.
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