Stratton C. "Tony" French CALAIS — Stratton Cole French, known as Tony, crossed the threshold on April 24, 2019, after a long journey with cancer. He died peacefully at home in Calais, Vermont, with his family at his side. Tony was born Sept. 29, 1959, the youngest of four children, to Jack and Deb French. He grew up in Lincoln, Massachusetts. There, surrounded by the beauty of pinewoods and ponds, he formed many lifelong bonds of friendship. Tony was a graceful athlete who excelled at soccer, telemark skiing, and any other sport he tried. Never too focused on his schoolwork, he is remembered by classmates for his energy, fun-loving antics and kindness to all. After high school, Tony made an epic trip to Europe that provided a lifetime of stories: hitchhiking across the continent, working in Greece and the Isle of Skye, and skiing in Austria. He went on to attend the University of Vermont, graduating in 1982 with a BA in Geography and a minor in Geology. A college field course in Alaska led him to return the following summer, skipping his own graduation to work as a geologist for the U.S. government. There, in the small town of Glennallen, he met Julie, and after a two-year, long-distance courtship, they began life together in eastern Oregon. Tony wanted to do something positive for the earth, and identified hydrology as a viable career choice. After moving to Maine in 1985 to work for a small consulting firm, he left to obtain an MS in Hydrology from the University of New Hampshire. He later became a Certified Ground Water Professional. After their first child was born, Tony and Julie moved to Montpelier, Vermont, to raise their family. Tony continued to work as a hydrological consultant and then started his own business. He became an active member of the Old Meeting House, serving for many years as a trustee. He was also a founding parent and volunteer for the Orchard Valley Waldorf School, and a Waldorf parent for 14 years. In 2007, Tony was diagnosed with glioblastoma, beginning a nearly 12-year journey with illness. He never considered himself to be battling cancer; instead, he lived his life to the fullest, for as long as he possibly could, enduring numerous surgeries and treatments along the way. His family is deeply grateful to the medical professionals at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for their years of incredible support. During these years, Tony volunteered for the Vermont Foodbank and Vermont Restorative Justice, and provided expert testimony of behalf of the Conservation Law Foundation in its effort to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. He also enjoyed working in the woods at their Calais home, sugaring and getting together with friends to enjoy good Vermont beer. He was a lifelong Red Sox fan. Tony had a deep and abiding affection for the Maine coast and particularly, for the island of Vinalhaven, which began in childhood during family summer vacations. He considered it a great privilege to spend recent years traveling between the beauty of Vinalhaven and Penobscot Bay, and the Green Mountains and woods of Vermont. He loved his two children, Piper and Eli, so much. He was incredibly proud of them both and was so very grateful to see them reach adulthood. He is survived by his wife, Julie Henderson, of Calais; his children Piper French and Elias French; his mother, Deborah French; siblings John Brand French Jr., Lindsay French, Hilary French, and their families. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. A Service of Remembrance will be held Saturday, June 1, at 2 p.m. at the Old Meeting House in East Montpelier Center. Memorial contributions can be made to the Old Meeting House Building Fund, 1620 Center Road, East Montpelier VT 05602; or the Orchard Valley Waldorf School Accessible to All program, 2290 VT Route 14, East Montpelier, VT 05651.

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