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Sheridan E. Crowningshield BARRE CITY — It is with deep and heavy sadness that we announce the passing of Sheridan Emmitt Crowningshield, 76, a longtime resident of Barre, on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at his home. A respected and admired part of the community being among the first to help any and all anytime, he was a proud man, true to his beliefs. Born on Oct. 28, 1942, in Middlebury, he was the son of Donald Buchanan and Gertrude Crowningshield. He attended schools in the Middlebury area. On March 11, 1961, he married Sandra Owen in the Memorial Baptist Church in Middlebury. The two made their home in the Middlebury area for many years and had five children before moving to the Barre area in 1975. Sheridan dedicated his life to the Cornwall, Middlebury, Weybridge, Barre Town and Barre City fire departments, working up from pump operator to deputy chief and lieutenant. Sheridan farmed and then built homes and barns. He did many jobs in the electrical, plumbing, heating and refrigeration fields. He knew the city of Barre like the back of his hand. His dedication, work ethic and his renowned skills for a combined 35 years for the City, showed his commitment to his city. Sheridan was never not working, even after retirement. He was always sought out by others to help in projects in their homes and businesses. He was a member of the NRA, the Canadian Club, the Loyal Order of Moose, the Barre Elks Lodge #1535 and the VFW Post #790, American Legion, and a member of One Credit Union since 1981. Throughout his life, Sheridan had many hobbies and interests, including hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle and being at Thunder Road as crew chief to his son Doug’s racing career. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Sheridan’s “happy place” was at the Tremblay Camp in Cabot. Sheridan loved animals of all kinds and cherished his cat, Pepper. He was an avid gun collector. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Sandra (Owen) Crowningshield; two daughters Debbie DeForge and husband Allen, of Barre, and Lisa Crowningshield (Buck) and partner Bill Phelps, of West Topsham. Sheridan also had three sons Doug Crowningshield and Gary Crowningshield, both of Barre, and Christopher Crowningshield, of East Middlebury; grandchildren Cody DeForge and wife Chelsea, of Mooresville, North Carolina, Geremy DeForge and wife Beth, of Reedsburg, Wisconsin, Adam DeForge and wife Alicia, of Creedmoor, North Carolina, Eric Beach, of Orange, Ashley Collins, of Barre, Taylor Crowningshield, of Barre, Kayla Crowningshield, of Barre, Ryan O. Crowningshield, of Barre, Ryan C. Crowningshield and Tyler Crowningshield, both of Vergennes; as well as 10 great-grandchildren. He also leaves two sisters Lottie Spear, of Sun City, Arizona, and Mary Langford, of Shushan, New York; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Chester, John, William and Walt Buchanan. A memorial service to honor Sheridan’s life will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Barre Elks Lodge on Jefferson Street in Barre. There are no calling hours. His memory will be cherished by all who knew and loved him. Interment will take place in the Grandview Cemetery in Addison, in the spring. A graveside service will be performed to place him at peace next to his beloved mother. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601; the Vietnam Veterans Fund, Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1, 15 Wales St., 2nd Floor, Rutland, VT 05701; or Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #790, P.O. Box 185, East Barre, VT 05649. The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, assisted with the arrangements. For a memorial guestbook, visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com.

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