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Walter H. Gaylord WAITSFIELD — Walter H. Gaylord, 62, a lifelong resident of Waitsfield, passed away peacefully at the Mayo Residential Healthcare Center in Northfield, on Thursday morning, Oct. 17, 2019. Born in Montpelier on May 26, 1957, he was the son of the late Eloise G. (Heath) and Hadley M. Gaylord Sr. Walt was a 1975 graduate of Harwood Union High School. On May 21, 1988, he married Claire Ewald in Waitsfield. As a young man, he worked on the family farm in Waitsfield with his two brothers Hadley and Allen. He also worked for the Town of Waitsfield road crew. It’s at Hap's Service Station that people will remember him, first alongside his father, and in the later years with his brother, Allen. He incorporated the business in 1988 and in 2012, he purchased his brother’s share of Hap's. In 2013, when due to declining health he could no longer work, his wife, and then in 2017, daughter, stepped in, and they will continue to operate the service station. He enjoyed hunting, had a lifelong love of farming and the outdoors, as well as animals of all kinds. Always willing to lend a hand or add a quick ad-lib or quip during a conversation or work, he was a man of compassion, devotion and honor proven with his love of life through family, friends, neighbors and community. Walt is survived by his wife and partner of over 30 years, Claire Ewald, of Waitsfield; his daughter, Paige Gaylord, of Waitsfield; his siblings Phyllis Mayville and husband John, of Milton, Pearl Vargas, Hadley Gaylord Jr., Allen Gaylord, Peter Laskowski, all of Waitsfield, Hayden (Dennis) Gaylord, of Berlin, and Michael Bonotto, of Princeton, New Jersey; as well as extended family. A reception to celebrate the life of Walter will be held in the Village Meeting House at the Waitsfield United Church of Christ on Oct. 27, 2019, from 2–5 p.m. For those who wish, memorial gifts can be made to Mad River Valley Community Fund (www.mrvcommunityfund.org); Mad River Valley Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 305, Waitsfield, VT 05673 (mrvas@mrvas.org); or Addison County Humane Society (shelter@homewardboundanimals.org). Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences, please visit www.perkinsparker.com or the funeral home Facebook page.

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