Allen R. ThurstonFebruary 06,2013
Allen R. Thurston
NORTHFIELD FALLS — Allen Richard Thurston, 70, died peacefully at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. He was born in Northfield on May 31, 1942, the son of Ralph and Leonora (Morris) Thurston. He was a graduate of Northfield High School, class of 1960.
He had been married to Yvonne Grenier. He married Linda Ann Perry in Northfield on June 24, 1967.
Allen served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.
Allen owned and operated Thurston’s Market on Wall Street in Northfield for 24 years. His clientele especially appreciated his quality meat cutting department at the market. Allen would often kiddingly refer to himself as “the toughest guy on Wall Street!” He had also worked 10 years for the Cabot Cheese Co. in Cabot.
He was a member of the United Church, American Legion Post, both of Northfield, and the White River Blind Veterans Association. Allen made many friends at the VA hospital and often rode the Disabled American Veterans van with some of them. He enjoyed his weekly visits from his friends, Jack and Brian. Allen loved sitting on his porch, visiting with his children, the monthly family Sunday gatherings and eating Tootsie Rolls, gumdrops and jelly beans.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Linda, of Northfield Falls; four children, Jeff (Kathy) Thurston, of Northfield, Christina (Steve) Thurston, of Garner, N.C., Amy (Mike) Twitchell, of Bethel, Timothy (Rachel) Thurston, of Saco, Maine; one brother, Ralph, of Northfield; two sisters, Bette Provost, of Northfield, Linda Murray, of Williamstown; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Jacqulin.
A gathering to celebrate his life will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Masonic Temple on Main Street in Northfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Van, c/o Jeff, 215 N. Main St., White River Junction, VT 05001; or the White River Blind Veterans Association, c/o Linda Thurston, 249 Route 12 North, Northfield, VT 05663. Kingston Funeral Home in Northfield assisted with the arrangements.
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