January 22, 1933 - July 29, 2014

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Obituaries » GENE C. FOSS

FOSS, GENE CHARLES, 81, of Plainfield, died July 29, at Central Vermont Medical Center, surrounded by his family. Born Jan. 22, 1933, in Barre, he was the son of Harold and Eselle (Belanger) Foss and attended local schools, graduating from Spaulding High School in 1950. Soon after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served until 1953. On July 9, 1955, he married Lois Montague in Barre. Soon after their marriage the couple moved to California, where Gene attended Pasadena State College and then Arizona State University. He earned a degree in business and finance. After returning to Vermont, he began an extended career with the state. His positions included finance director for the Brandon Training School and business manager for the Vermont Department of Corrections. Here, he served under numerous commissioners and developed many long-term friendships. His memberships included the Barre Canadian Club, Barre Elks Lodge 1535 and the Mutuo Inc. Gene was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and snowmobiling where he had a tendency to explore the road less traveled with many a “Flat Lander” and always ending with a fine meal at Pigeon’s. In the Northeast Kingdom, Gene belonged to the Averill Recreation and Camp Owners and the Averill Lakes Associations, also serving as a board member. Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Tinney and husband, Dr. Roderic Tinney, of East Jordan, Mich., and Cathleen Brooks and her companion, Stephen Farnum, of Kingston, N. H.; and his constant sidekick and son, Joseph Foss, and his companion, Maria Farley, of Marshfield. Gene was a proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Also surviving is his sister Rusela Quelch and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Aside from his parents, Gene was predeceased by a sister, Cecile “Tiny” Mattson.

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