September 28, 1924 - October 14, 2013

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Obituaries » MAURICE G. FERRIS

FERRIS, MAURICE GAVIN “BOB,” formerly of South Barre, passed away on October 14, at Mayo Continuing Care and Rehabilitation in Northfield. Bob was born on Sept. 28, 1924, in Adamant, the son of Anna (Gavin) and Edward Ferris. He grew up in Websterville and attended Spaulding High School before graduating from St. Johnsbury Trade School. At age 17, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a radio technician on the refueling vessel USS Ashtabula, in the South Pacific during World War II. He then worked for Rock of Ages and the A&P Grocery store before becoming a licensed electrician. He retired from working after 35 years for Green Mountain Power Corp. as a substation electrician foreman. Bob married Wayna Spagnoli on Aug. 31, 1946, in St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Graniteville. In their retirement years, they enjoyed traveling to many places, including Hawaii, England and Ireland, where Bob kissed the Blarney Stone as a salute to his Irish heritage. Bob was an accomplished carpenter and gardener, having built his own wood shop and greenhouse. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 67 years; one son, Leonard Ferris, and wife Sheryl; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his sister, Helen Wood; sister-in-law Leonora Conti; and several nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Russell and Howard Pruneau.

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