Jesse D. Griffith WILLIAMSTOWN - Jesse D. Griffith, 89, a longtime Williamstown resident, passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin. His loving family was with him at his bedside. Born on Sept. 20, 1929, in Middlesex, he was the son of Bert and Flora (Corliss) Griffith. He attended elementary school in Middlesex and graduated from Montpelier High School, where he was an honor student and member of the football team, as part of the Class of 1947. In 1951, Jesse enlisted in the United States Army where he served during the Korean conflict in the 65th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion. After five years of distinguished service to his country, he was honorably discharged. Following his service, he returned to the Barre area where he worked in the granite industry for many years. He held numerous positions during that time and was the union steward in most of the granite sheds that he worked. He eventually retired with a pension from the granite industry. On Oct. 10, 1977, he married the love of his life, Betty Jean Rouleau, in the St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Graniteville. The two made their home and raised their wonderful family in Williamstown. Jesse was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Williamstown, the American Legion Post #10 in Barre and the Barre Area Senior Center. Throughout his life, he had many hobbies and interests. The most important of these included being an avid rabbit hunter, fishing, foraging for mushrooms, carpentry, drawing and especially, spending time with his beloved family. Survivors include his loving wife, Betty Rouleau Griffith; his sons Joseph Rouleau and wife Theresa, of Williamstown, David Rouleau and wife Lori, of Barre, his daughter, Dawna Howe and husband Ron, of Williamstown, Rickey Rouleau and wife Kathleen, of Barre Town, Matthew Rouleau and wife Cheryl, of Williamstown, Mike Noury and wife Carole, of Williamstown; Scott Johnson, of Morrisville, Mark Johnson, of Morrisville, and Cindy Johnson; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He also proceeds his brothers Elwin Griffith, of East Barre, Royce Griffith and wife Carol, of Barre, and Corliss Griffith and wife Sheila, of Moretown. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his three brothers Carl, Everett and Gerald Griffith; and three sisters Louise Perry, Vivian Gavello and Florence Donofrio. A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Jesse’s life will be held on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the St. Edward Catholic Church in Williamstown. Friends and family may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, on Wednesday, Dec. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. A graveside service with full military honors will take place in the Spring in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center. A gathering of family and friends will follow the burial. Memorial contributions in Jesse’s name may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601; or the Woodridge Nursing Home Patient Activity Fund, 142 Woodridge Drive, Berlin, VT 05602. For memorial guestbook, please visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com.

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Jessie, Your presence and smile when I saw you at Woodridge always brightened my day. I remember when I worked weekends you'd come down to the 'circle' and get one of us to put on a Johnny Cash CD and then after a little bit you would just go back to your room. I learned more about Johnny Cash and his music then than I have any other time in my life. Always so lively. My sympathy to Jessie's family. May you rest in peace.

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