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John Herrick

John B. Herrick

Friday, July 28th, 1933 - Friday, December 13th, 2019
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John B. Herrick, beloved husband, father, teacher, passed away 12/13/2019 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s and cancer during which he was lovingly cared for at home by his wife, Beverly and the wonderful staff of Bayada Hospice.

John was born in Morrisville, VT on 7/28/1933 to Irene (Trayhan) and Hugh Roscoe Herrick, Senior. He graduated from People’s Academy in 1951 and went on to get his teaching degree from Johnson State Teacher’s College. His first teaching job was in Montpelier, VT. At the end of the school year he enlisted in the Army National Guard and began teaching in Woodstock where he met the love of his life, Beverly Smith. He received a medical discharge in June of 1958 and married Beverly on July 19, 1958. Shortly after, they moved to Connecticut and John taught English there for one year. After their first child, Laurinda (Hulce) was born, the family moved back to Vermont where they had their second child, Christian. It was here that John began his 33 year teaching career at Edmunds Junior High School in Burlington. “Mr. Herrick” taught Language Arts and also served as head of the department. He had a love of grammar and writing and was a respected and loved teacher and an active member of the BEA for a number of years. He spent several summers on Lake Champlain working as a law enforcement officer with the Marine Division of the Vermont Department of Public Safety. They lived in Williston and South Burlington for a number of years before moving to Burlington in 1970 where they stayed until 2014 when John and Bev moved to their new home in Shelburne, VT. After “retiring” John worked for George Little Press for a number of years, a job that enabled him to see much of the state of Vermont and meet and form relationships with people from all walks of life.

John loved spending time with family and friends. In his younger days there were lots of outdoor games and parties, antique car shows, family road trips and hikes. He was a mean ping pong player, and a life long bicyclist, only giving it up in his late 70’s when his body and mind would no longer cooperate. As a father, John had confidence in his children, and supported them in various ways whether that was playing catch for hours with the baseball, discussing politics or supporting their life choices. He had a deep love of living creatures and had many beloved pets over the years. His humor and kindness shone through to the very end and touched all who had the good fortune to spend time with him.

John is survived by his wife, Beverly, of Shelburne and their children; Laurinda Hulce (Barry) and Christian, both of South Burlington, VT; his friend for over 80 years, Leon Emmons of South Burlington, VT; his sister in-law Margaret Wilson (Smith) of LIttleton, NH and his sister in-law Lauretta Herrick, of Santee, South Carolina. He leaves behind four grandchildren that he loved very much; Zoe and Colton Hulce of South Burlington and Ethan and Zander Herrick of Burlington. He was predeceased by both his parents as well as his brother Hugh “Rocky” Herrick.

The family would like to thank Bayada Hospice for making it possible to keep John at home during the final months of his life. There will be no services per John’s wishes but there will be an inurnment in the spring of 2020 at Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, Vermont.

Memorial contributions in John’s memory may be made to any of the following organizations:

Alzheimer’s Association
American Cancer Society
Humane Society of Chittenden County

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There will be no services per John's wishes but there will be an inurnment in the spring of 2020 at Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, Vermont.


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Debra Tuscany

Posted at 04:57pm
So sad to hear of hear of his passing. Mr Herrick, as I knew him was an amazing teacher, very encouraging and kind.
Debbie Tuscany Sanders

Laurinda Hulce Posted at 04:35pm

Debbie, thanks for taking the time to share your memory about my dad!

Marty Morrissey

Posted at 02:59pm
It is with deep sadness to learn of the passing of John. I knew him mainly through his employment at George Little Press. He was one of the finest persons to work with and his congeniality and uplifting spirit was contagious to all who he interacted with. My condolences go to Bev. and his whole family.
Marty Morrissey

Patti (Chicoine) Crowley

Posted at 11:49am
Herrick family, sending love and light to all of you. Mr. Herrick was one of my very favorite teachers while attending Edmunds. I will always remember his kindness and what an amazing Dad he was. Rest In Peace.

Philip Maniatty

Posted at 11:56am
Mr. Herrick was my 7th grade English teacher at Edmunds Junior High School in 1964-65. In addition to being a great teacher, he had the patience of a saint to put up with my juvenile antics. My deepest sympathy to the Herrick family on your loss.

Philip Maniatty
Miami, Florida

Lynda O'Grady

Posted at 09:10am
My name is Lynda Garcia O'Grady. My twin brother, Lynn, and I , attended Main Street School in Montpelier, VT. Mr. Herrick was my seventh grade home room teacher. I specifically remember (as a young 'smitten' teenager) how VERY HANDSOME he was, with his thick black hair, and twinkling eyes - consequently, I cannot attest to how well he taught us. "Tears are words the heart cannot say."

Laurinda Hulce Posted at 10:55am

Lynda, thank you so much for sharing. That brought a smile to my face! My dad went gray early and was known by some of the female teachers in Burlington as the "Silver Fox" LOL!

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