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George Metcalf

Journal Opinion of Bradford, Vermont

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BRADFORD — George H. Metcalf died unexpectedly at his home in Bradford on Oct. 16, 2015 at the age of 79.

George was born on Aug. 23, 1936 in Vershire to Carrie Paronto Blanchard and Earl Metcalf. He attended Vershire School and upon graduation he went into the Army where he served his country in the Korean War.

Once completing his service to our country he spent his working years at the Barre Quarries, Farnham Brothers Roofing, Hayward Transportation, Carroll Concrete, P&H, Gram Boyce Trucking, and Bill Ricker. He loved working on and driving big trucks, his CB handle was "grasshopper" — family is unsure of the meaning of the name.

His family remembers him being a jokester, a story teller and an overall humorous man. The grandchildren remember stories of the (Hootnanny), part goat part owl that lived in the woods, them asking him to take his teeth out then chasing them around with the them, he loved to tell jokes and stories of years past. If there was an antique you didn't know about he would be the one to tell you what it was and what it was used for. Sitting in his chair smoking his pipe and watching the birds was one ofhis favorite pastimes. He was a jack of all trades — there was not much he couldn't do. He loved to hunt and be in the great outdoors, he enjoyed people watching, you could catch him in the parking lot of any local store just watching the people come and go.

George is survived by wife, Shureen Metcalf; his daughters, Diane Metcalf, Donna Ferno and her husband Earl of Chelsea, and Darlene Howe of White River; three stepchildren, Kip Gendron and his wife Dawn of Corinth, Babette Agatston and her husband David of Vienna, VA, and Shelly Messenger of North Haverhill; his sister, Nettie George and her husband Stewart of Florida; Sally Mccullough of Chelsea, Raymond Metcalf and his wife Wilma of New York, Earl Metcalf of Chelsea, Ted Metcalf and his wife of Chelsea; and grandchildren, Trevor Metcalf, Jaymie Ferno, Nikol Ferno, Michelle Metcalf, Jessica Duncklee, Andrew and Travis Gendron, Emma, Jacob and Spencer Agatston, Katelynn Pike, and Blakelee and Jobin Messenger; great grandchildren, Cooper, Annora, Evelynn, Cadeance, soon to be baby Duncklee, Griffin, Rylee, Maylee, Westyn, Lily, and James; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by a brother, Charles Metcalf of Tunbridge; his sister, Carrie Blanchard of Florida; and his first wife, Jean Morey Metcalf

A celebration of his life was held at the family lot in the Riverside Cemetery in Chelsea on Oct. 20.

The Hale Funeral Home and Cremation care of Bradford was in charge of arrangements. To view an online guestbook, go to

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Original Publication Date: October 21, 2015

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