Harold C. LuceAugust 16,2014
CHELSEA — Harold C. Luce, 95, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after a brief illness.
Born on Oct. 11, 1918, in Chelsea, Vermont, Harold was the son of Ernest E. and Lizzie L. (Dickinson) Luce. He attended school in Chelsea. On Feb. 8, 1939, he married Edith Keyes, of Brookfield, Vermont. Harold and Edith ran the family dairy farm in Brookfield for 15 years before moving to Chelsea. For over 19 years, Harold worked as a machinist at Cone & Blanchard Machine Co. in Windsor, Vermont. After his retirement, he drove for the Stage Coach of Randolph, Vermont. On Oct. 13, 1997, Edith, his wife of 58 years, passed. In his later years, he traveled and spent time with his companion, Marion Gilman, until her death on May 4, 2013.
Harold was a hardworking man, a good neighbor and a great parent who enjoyed people and always tried to do right by everyone. At a young age, playing the fiddle was a large part of Harold’s life. He spent time playing for the Ed Larkin Contra Dancers beginning in 1934, taught others to play, played at the Tunbridge Fair and two different World’s Fairs in New York, and he loved playing for senior citizens groups. He also performed at weddings, funerals, hospitals, talent shows, birthday and anniversary parties.
He was a member of the Ed Larkin Contra Dancers for 80 years, Northeast Fiddlers Association, Southern Vermont Fiddlers, Champlain Valley Fiddlers, Chelsea Grange 362 and the Brookfield Grange. He was a 4-H leader in Brookfield, served on the school and enjoyed teaching others to play the fiddle and older style dance.
Harold is survived by three sons, Russell and his wife, Cheryl, of Hudson Falls, New York, Clayton and his partner, Ginny, of Bakersfield, Vermont, and Kevin, of Chelsea, Vermont; three daughters, Donna Weston, of Middlesex, Vermont, Martha Pickett and her husband, Lawrence, and Cynthia Manning and her husband, Glenn, all of Chelsea, Vermont; 19 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruby Traverse, of Richmond, New Hampshire; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife, Edith; his companion, Marion Gilman; a brother, Edwin; three sisters, Mabel Chambers, Nettie Thompson and Marion Barcomb.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a Grange service at 7 p.m., at the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home, 300 Vermont Route 110, Chelsea. A funeral service will be held on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at 3 p.m. at the United Church of Chelsea in Chelsea, Vermont, with pastor Tom Harty officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Chelsea Area Senior Citizens, P.O. Box 44, Chelsea, VT 05038, or Ed Larkin Contra Dancers, 17 Angell Road, Chelsea, VT 05038.
A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.
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