John A. Wetmore
John A. Wetmore
John Allen Wetmore, age 76, took the hand of his beloved daughter Kelly and journeyed to Heaven, on July 18, 2014.
John was born in Middlebury, VT on July 19, 1937, the eldest son of Walton and Rosa Wetmore. He was raised on the family farm and lived his life in Middlebury working within earshot of the Middlebury Airport. Early on, John developed an interest in flying and it was there that he met his beloved soul mate and future wife Laurette (Laurie) Wetmore. John and Laurie were married on September 13, 1958 and raised four children.
In the 60’s and 70’s, John was a residential building contractor. He constructed and remodeled many homes in the area. He was well known for his finish and cabinet-making skills. In 1968, John and Laurie started Bix Antiques and Furniture Restoration, and for forty-six years he lovingly restored, repaired and sold antiques and used furniture. Always humble, John would never suggest that he was a craftsman, but anyone who knew him knows different. He was gifted and well respected as a master craftsman and his knowledge of all things old. Always appreciating the beauty and function of antique furniture, he would carefully and with great skill restore damaged furniture to its original condition. Using the simplest of tools, John created beds, harvest tables and other unique pieces from heirloom crafted parts and pieces. Many families around the United States enjoy the efforts of his labors. Perhaps even more significant, John was a mentor to the numerous people who learned the art and craft of woodworking while apprenticing with him.
Most importantly, John was a dedicated and devoted son, husband, father and grandfather. He never missed the opportunity to share and teach. He was always there for his family and enjoyed the simple pleasures of family, including the annual camping weekends in Lincoln, card games with family and friends and enjoyed the last five winters in Homosassa, FL with Laurie. Every summer he could be found back at his shop where friends old and new would stop by for a visit. There he built many more pieces of furniture with his grandchildren at his side. Through it all, John never failed to express his love and support for his family. We will forever miss his quiet, patient and gentle spirit. In the end, it was Sarcoma cancer that took him from us far too early, but even in his last days he greeted everyone with a positive attitude.
John leaves behind his wife Laurie of 55 years; son David and his wife Joyce of Lincoln and their children, Rebecca and fiancé Nuwt Henry and daughter Zoey, Christopher and Allyson Wetmore; daughter Lynda Bushman, her husband Robert of Middlebury and Lynda’s children, Benjamin, Louise and Nicholas Masterson; and son Jared Wetmore and wife Rebecca of North Smithfield, RI and their children Zachary and Nathan Wetmore; son-in-law Rick Lowd and his wife Deb of Salisbury; brother Frank Wetmore and wife Kathy of FL; Aunt Evelyn Nickerson and cousins of Brandon, sisters-in-law Rachel Codding of Middlebury, Louise Seith and husband Sandy of FL, Rena Kindregan of OR, brothers-in-law Andy Bourdon and his wife Betsy of Middlebury, Francis Angier of Williston and Don Kenyon of Middlebury; many nieces and nephews, and special friend Tom Comes.
John was predeceased by his parents Walton and Rosa Wetmore, in-laws Ernest and Juliette Bourdon and his daughter Kelly.
The family wishes to thank all of our friends and family for their love and support during this difficult time. Special recognition goes to the folks at Addison County Home Health and Hospice, especially Kathy and Tim, and the staff at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital specifically, Dr. Henderson, Dr. Davis, Dr. Rosen and Nurse June, who are truly gifted caregivers.
A memorial will take place Thursday, July 31st at 2 p.m. at the East Middlebury Methodist Church, with reception to follow at the East Middlebury Sarah Partridge Community House.
In lieu of flowers, for friends wanting to make a donation in John’s memory, please consider Addison County Home Health and Hospice or the cancer fund of your choice.