Dummerston- Donald James, "Don" Bristol, 72, of Hague Road, a lifelong resident of the greater Brattleboro area, died Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Don was born at home in Dummerston on July 5, 1944, the son of Everett and Elizabeth (Pratt) Bristol. He attended Brattleboro public schools and was a graduate of Brattleboro Union High School, Class of 1962. Following his graduation from BUHS he went on to serve in the Vermont National Guards for six years until his honorable discharge.
He had been employed as a machinist for G.S. Precision in Brattleboro where he retired from following over 30 years of faithful service with the company. Previously he worked for Miniature Precision Ball Bearings (MPB) in Keene, the former Publishers Composition and American Optical Company, both in Brattleboro. In conjunction with his full-time work Don was employed on a part-time basis that included working for Steve Cutting and many ventures with his brother Bob including driving taxi and limousine.
Don was known for his generosity and willingness to help others in need, and his spirit of friendship. Don could always be depended upon whether it be to fix your car, repair your house or marshal in a cow parade. Don also volunteered at St. Brigid's Pantry.
On November 4, 1967 at Saint Michael's Roman Catholic Church he was married to Jeanne Fournier who survives.
Of his leisure time activities he enjoyed hunting, fishing, square dancing, candle pin bowling, and Country and Western music. He also cherished time spent with his family especially his grandchildren. He built two homes in Dummerston for his family. Don enjoyed working on projects and always had many things going on at once. He was a skilled carpenter with accomplishments including building tall clocks, bookshelves, toy boxes for his children, wooden cars and trains for his grandsons and doll furniture for his granddaughters.
Besides his faithful and devoted wife of 49 years he leaves one daughter, Mary Bristol and her wife Kim Watson of Scarborough, ME and one son, Richard Bristol and wife Erin of Dummerston. He also leaves two granddaughters, Hannah and Aubrey, and three grandsons Jakob, Ethan and Charlie. Also, six brothers, Verne and Merlin both of Brattleboro, Neil of Concord, NH, Charles and Dean both of Guilford and Stuart of Lyman, ME.; four sisters, Barbara Harris of Pembroke, NH, Britney Oliver and Esther Lamb both of Brattleboro and Betty Wellman of Brookline, VT and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by four brothers, Edwin, Eugene, George and Robert, and two sisters, his beloved sister Virginia "Ginger" Gordon, and Marjorie Bristol who died in childhood.
Don enjoyed special relationships with his brothers-in-law, Richard Chapin, David Fournier and Richard "Skippy" Gordon and his sisters-in-law, Catherine Fournier and Nonie Fournier.
Graveside committal services will be conducted Saturday at 10:00 A.M. in Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery with a reception to follow at the Gathering Place on Terrace Street. Friends are invited to call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home Thursday from 7 to 9 P.M.
Memorial contributions in Don's name may be made to the Windham County Humane Society, PO Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302 or to a charity of one's choice.
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