David M. Ainsworth SOUTH ROYALTON — David M. Ainsworth, 64, of South Royalton, passed away Friday, May 31, 2019, at the DHMC Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, after a period of ill health. Born on July 8, 1954, in Hanover, New Hampshire, David was the youngest child of George and Thelma (Milnes) Ainsworth. He grew up on the family farm spanning the town line between Royalton and Sharon. He attended school in South Royalton, graduating in 1972. David was active in sports, drama and band throughout his high school years, later becoming an enthusiastic member of the alumni council for many years. David spent the last half of his senior year as a Rotary exchange student in Sydney, Australia. He made many lifelong friends while there and returned several times over the years. David attended the University of Vermont, graduating in 1977 with a BS in Plant and Soil Sciences. While at UVM, David joined the AGR Fraternity (Alpha Gamma Rho) eventually serving as its president. This past spring, he was awarded its Lifetime Recognition Award for his contributions and support over the years. Following graduation, David returned to the family farm becoming the fifth-generation owner. He was active in many agricultural organizations. He served on the Resolutions Committee for the Cabot/AgriMark Cooperative, as president of the Windsor County Farm Bureau, was member of the Vermont Farm Bureau Executive Committee, and was president of the Windsor County Milk Promotion Board. He also served on the Nominating Committee for Yankee Farm Credit for several years. David was a highly valued member of the Cabot promotion team, serving often as Plaid Santa among children and family shelters and at food banks. He was one of the original farmers Cabot put on television and radio to thank people for buying Cabot – letting them know their purchases meant the world to Cabot’s farmers. With permission of the family, David’s smiling face will continue to grace the Artisan Reserve label, one of Cabot’s specialty cheddars. David also was awarded Conservation Farm of the Year for the White River Natural Conservation District in 2009 and the Century Farms Award in 2016. David was very involved in his community. He played trombone in the South Royalton Town Band, served on the Board of Directors for the Tunbridge Fair, as a trustee on the Gifford Hospital Board, as town moderator for 25 years, as trustee for the South Royalton Memorial Library for 23 years, and as a justice of the peace up to his death. David loved preforming. He sang with Sounding Joy in Randolph and the Brookfield Singers. He acted on the Chandler stage in many musicals. David also served his community as a state representative for the towns of Royalton and Tunbridge for six years. His campaigns were always spirited and his elections were always close! David loved his family. He is survived by his wife, Peggy; his son, Luther, of Sharon; daughter, Graidi and husband Jaiver, of South Royalton; stepdaughter, Emily, of South Burlington; two granddaughters Robyn and Alexandra, and a grandson, Edgar; brother, Charles and wife Terri; sisters Cynthia and husband Clark Dalrymple and Susan Erickson; stepmother, Joyce Ainsworth; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents. Calling hours will be held at Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea on Saturday, June 8, from 6–8 p.m. The memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 9, at 1:30 p.m. on the South Royalton Green, followed by a reception at the Chase Center of Vermont Law School. Parking will be available in the Vermont Law School and high school lots. Handicapped parking will be available closer to the green. In case of rain, the service will be held in the White River High School gymnasium. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Alpha Rho Fund in memory of David Ainsworth, in care of The Alpha Gamma Rho Education Foundation, 10101 North Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO 64153-1366; or to the South Royalton Memorial Library Capitol Campaign Fund, P.O. Box 179, South Royalton, VT 05068. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea.

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