Peter James “Pete” Milnes CLARENDON — Peter James “Pete” Milnes, 73, died May 24, 2020, after a short battle with thymus cancer. He was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, to James A. and Rita (Berube) Milnes on Oct. 12, 1946. He moved to Ludlow at the age of 6 and made Ludlow his cherished home. Pete attended Ludlow Elementary School and Black River High School, graduating with the infamous Class of 1964. He earned an Associate degree in Business from St. Joseph College in Bennington and a BS in Business Administration from the College of St. Joseph in Rutland. He served six years in Company C, 368 Division, U.S. Army Reserve. During his college years, Pete worked with his dad at Jewell Brook Woolen Mill in Ludlow. Following college graduation, he went to work for Central Vermont Public Service Corp., retiring in 2006 after 38 years with the company. Pete married Jane Turco Oct. 11, 1969, at St. Joseph Parish in Chester and celebrated their 50th anniversary last October. He was a firefighter with Clarendon Volunteer Fire Department where he served as a Safety Officer and Lieutenant. Pete also served as an EMT with Wallingford Rescue. Pete enjoyed photography, cheering for the Yankees, camping at Lake Willoughby, visiting the ocean, duck hunting and all kinds of fishing with his good friends, Brian, John and Hale. He is survived by his wife, Jane; a nephew, Justin; and nieces, Sarah, Hannah and Lana. Pete was predeceased by his parents; and his brothers, Jim in 2006 and Jeff in 1968. Private burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Ludlow. Contributions may be made to VNA & Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05701; or the Foley Cancer Center, 160 Allen St., Rutland, VT 05701. Arrangements are by Clifford Funeral Home.

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Peter was one of the nicest guys I have very known. Working for him was the most enjoyable time I had at CVPS. I have missed him. RIP my friend.

Lorraine Austin

My sincere sympathy to Jane. Pete was friendly and helpful to all who knew him. He will be truly missed.

Gary G McGinnis

We talked almost every two weeks for over the past ten years and I got to know the adult Pete. He was our center on the 1963 – 64 high school basketball team and I knew him well then, watching him do the hard work boxing out, rebounding and making outlet passes to skinny guards running fast breaks. Our senior year both of us took typing, and during our final exam, I sat next to Pete and right in the middle of it all, he reached over to my B&G typewriter, removed the tape and threw it out the window of the third floor of Black River High School. High energy, strong guy, full of life and someone I will sorely miss. I will miss our phone calls where we reminisced and enjoyed one another’s company. Pete is the only guy I know who would call me and actually have a conversation. You know the kind where one guy talks and the other guy listens. We talked about Christ and the Catholic church, and he cracked me up telling how he had cornered a former catholic who had given up on the church and belonged to an evangelical protestant church. He called the guy a heretic. I think I dropped the phone laughing. He would speak his mind. I will always remember Pete the way I knew him and the huge courage he possessed while facing so many mean challenges. God loves you Pete and He will give you the eternal peace you deserve in Christ.

Catch 22

Deepest sympathy to Jane ,so sad to hear the news. Have a lot of fun and fond memories of Pete from years ago. Cherish the memories. Take comfort in knowing his pain has gone. God bless you Jane.

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