Melvin D. Christie BARRE – Melvin Douglas "Mel" Christie, 79, a longtime Barre resident, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. His loving family had been with him at his bedside. Born on April 18, 1939, in Barre City, he was the son of Wilfred and Myrtle “Doris” (Lawliss) Christie. He attended local schools and graduated from Williamstown High School in 1957. Following his graduation, Mel enlisted in the United States Army. He served with distinction for four years until being honorably discharged in 1961. On Aug. 25, 1962, he married the love of his life, Marge Champine, in the St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. The two made their home in the Montpelier area where they raised their four wonderful children. Afterward, they moved to Barre, living there the rest of their lives. Mel spent his entire career as a Master Electrician, working for electrical contractor Bates and Murray. Throughout his life, he had many hobbies and interests. The most important of these included watching sports, especially his beloved Boston Celtics and Red Sox, woodworking, coin collecting, following NASCAR, cruising in his ’49 Chevy and spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his two daughters Sueann Clark and husband Stephen, of Williamstown, and Lori-ann Christie, of Barre; two sons Mark Christie and Mike Christie, both of Barre; two granddaughters Jessica Christie, of Stuart, Virginia, and Brittany Christie, of Georgetown, Texas, and his grandson, Shane Christie, of Barre; as well as four great-grandchildren. He also leaves two brothers Noel Christie, of Barre, and Butch Christie, of Randolph; his sister, Marilyn Partch, of El Paso, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved wife, Marge Christie, and his brother, Bruce Christie. A gathering to honor and celebrate Mel’s life will be held on a later date at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in the Maplewood Cemetery in Barre Town in the spring. Memorial contributions in Mel’s name may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601. The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For a memorial guestbook, visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com.

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