Stanley GrandfieldApril 15,2014
MONTPELIER — Stanley Merlin Grandfield, 87, died on April 12, 2014, at The Arbors in Shelburne. He was born in Montpelier on July 21, 1926, the son of Milferd and Gladys (Newton) Grandfield. After graduating from Spaulding High School in 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946.
He attended Middlebury College in the V12 program, then attended the University of Vermont, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in commerce and economics, majoring in business administration with a minor in political science. He later attended graduate school at UVM for one year working toward a master’s degree in education. He married Ethel Gaylord, of Waitsfield, on Oct. 7, 1950. They had three daughters and one son.
From 1950-52 he taught business, commercial courses and mathematics in the Vergennes High School. He then worked as a cost accountant for General Electric in Burlington before starting his banking career in 1954 at the People’s Bank in Barre, working in most functions of banking operations for five years. He became commander of the American Legion Post 10, was a member of Mount Sinai Temple AAONMS, Granite Lodge 35, F. & A.M., and Scottish Rite Masons. In August 1959 he moved to St. Johnsbury, joining the staff of the Citizens Savings Bank & Trust Co. as assistant vice president and trust officer. He became a member of the North Congregational Church, where he also taught Sunday school. He joined the Kiwanis Club and was second vice president. He was vice president of the Vermont Football Officials Association for many years and officiated football games in Vermont and many colleges/universities on the East Coast. He attended six sessions of VT-NH School of Banking and took courses in the northern Vermont chapter of AIB, becoming president of the chapter during its second year of existence and served on its board of directors for three years. He was a member of Vermont Bankers Association commission on insurance and pensions; chairman of State Bank Division of VBA and Trust Division of VBA, Committee on Relations with the Legal Profession. He served on the Montpelier Public Schools Board.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and spending time at his hunting camp in Lewis, Vt. He and his wife spent over 30 years vacationing on Kinney Shores in Maine with family joining them. After building a summer home in Worcester, Vt., they enjoyed spending the summer months there. He enjoyed working in and harvesting apples from his orchard. Visitors with young children were treated to candy bars when he went into the woods and returned with his straw hat full of treats he had picked from his Candy Bar Tree that grew on the forested part of land surrounding the camp.
In the early 1970s, he started a skating rink in Montpelier known as the Salt Shed, which also served the outlying towns, and was in use for many years. He was the 14th recipient of the William Thayer Tutt Award from USA Hockey in 1997, attending the annual meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo.
He retired from the Howard Bank in June 1988. In December 1988, he joined Triad Design Services in Williston and later bought Triad Temporary Services.
Stanley is survived by his wife, Ethel, and leaves three daughters, Cheryl Grandfield and husband Richard, of New York City, Susan Costanza and husband Ralph, of Norfolk, Mass., Karen Haskell and husband Douglas, of Cavendish, Vt.; one son, Gary Grandfield, and wife Claire, of Nevada City, Calif.; five grandchildren, William, Matthew and Christopher Costanza, of Norfolk, Mass., and Evelyn and Grady Grandfield, of Nevada City; sister Pauline Tyler, of Barre, Vt.; and many nieces and nephews.
The Grandfield family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the entire staff of The Arbors in Shelburne for their compassionate care of Stanley for the past several months.
There will be calling hours on Thursday, April 17, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Guare & Sons/Barber and Lanier Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
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