January 23, 1935 - September 5, 2014

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ARONSON, DOUGLAS V., “The Ole Troll,” of Woodbury, passed away peacefully at home on September 5. Born Jan. 23, 1935, to Harry and Iris Aronson in Hartford, Conn., Doug was one of four children. Doug attended public schools during early childhood in Hartford, Conn.; with the onset of World War II he was moved to Woodbury, Vt., to live with his grandparents and help work their family farm. At this time he attended Woodbury Graded School. After World War II, Doug moved back to Hartford,Conn.  and finished high school. His love of the land and animals led him to continue his education at Vermont Technical College and then to Howell Cheney Technical College in Manchester, Conn., where he earned his associate of science in animal husbandry. On July 7, 1974, Doug married Sandra (Trefren) Aronson in East Montpelier. They blended their families to raise a family of nine before having a child together. In 1975, after running a family dairy farm in Berlin, Doug and Sandi bought the Woodbury Country Store and moved to Woodbury. For years, the Woodbury Country Store thrived and diversified as an authentic general store by selling bait and tackle, and having a snack bar and deli. Customers fast became friends as the store was a hub for the town. Doug’s love of hunting, fishing, boating and snowmobiling was obvious to those who patronized the store. Doug’s fishing tips and advice soon turned into a radio show on WDEV known as the “The Ole Troll.” Doug went on to do various jobs including a meat cutter for Grand Union, and in retirement he became a part-time delivery driver for Bond Auto Parts Inc. Over the years Doug served the town of Woodbury in various capacities including serving on the Volunteer Fire Department, as justice of the peace, he helped organize the children’s Christmas and Halloween parties, and worked tirelessly on the town skating rink. Doug was proud to be a Mason and enjoyed the camaraderie of his Brothers. Those close to Doug never knew when they would be on the other end of one of his fun-loving pranks – as he loved to laugh, tell stories, pick on people he liked, party, and talk about his large family. He had a huge heart and would help anyone he could – he always found the good in someone no matter who they were. Doug is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Sandi Aronson, of Woodbury; sons and daughters-in-law Dug and Maria Aronson, of Mount Hood, Ore., Carl and Marina Aronson and Scott and Tammy Aronson, of Randolph; and daughters Tammy Aronson, of North Fort Myers, Fla., Karen Lilley, of Berlin, Kim Aronson, of Wilmington, and a daughter and son-in-law Ann and Mike Cookson, of Cabot. Stepchildren include Marilyn Ready, of Bristol, Conn., Carlos Gomez, of Kingman, Ariz., and Diana Lisevick, of Bridgeport, Conn. He is survived by 25 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Also surviving are two sisters, Dawna Stewart, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Althea Aronson, of Woodbury. Doug is predeceased by a brother, Clarence “Cal” Aronson.

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