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1176 Main Street
Fairfax, VT 05454
Phone: 802-849-6261
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James Terry

James Philip Terry Jr.

Sunday, May 23rd, 1926 - Thursday, March 26th, 2020
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James Philip Terry, Jr., 93, of Shelburne, VT (formerly Cumberland, RI and Wasilla, AK) passed away peacefully on March 26, 2020 after a brief stay in The Eagle Room at The Vermont Respite House.

Jim was born on May, 23, 1926 in Assonet, MA to the late Gladys Grinnell Terry and James P. Terry Sr. A veteran of World War II, he served in the US Navy, stationed in Carmel, CA. He graduated from Northeastern University with an Engineering Degree and worked for the Valley Gas Company for over 30 years, where he was highly respected and retired as Vice President. During his career, he was an active member of The New England Gas Association and The Guild of Gas Managers.

Jim was a life long member and actively involved at the Arnold Mills United Methodist Church and past President of the Cumberland-Lincoln Rotary Club. He served as Boy Scout Leader for Arnold Mills Troop 1 and was a long time member of the Arnold Mills Community-ites, Rhode Island Pilots Association and Rhode Island Ducks Unlimited.

Jim is survived by a son Scott Terry of Colchester, VT, a daughter Betsy Terry of Colchester, VT, a daughter Jody Cavanaugh and son-in-law Tony Mastrobattista of Lebanon, PA, and a granddaughter Hanna Orselet of Arlington, VA. Jim is predeceased by his beloved wife Sally Harlow Terry.

Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, watching the Red Sox and music. He loved the outdoors and went with family and friends on several canoe trips to Maine including the Allagash and St. John Rivers. Before retiring he and Sally spent several weeks during 2 summers volunteering with the National Forest Service on Admiralty Island in Alaska. After retiring, Jim spent 25 summers adventuring throughout Alaska with Sally, flying places in their Piper Cub, hiking, fishing and RV’ing. His love of music never diminished. He was able to play by ear and fortunately was still playing the harmonica and even taking piano lessons just a week before he passed.

Jim was loved by all, and will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held at a date to be determined at The Arnold Mills United Methodist Church, 690 Nate Whipple Highway, Cumberland, RI.

If you would like to make a memorial contribution, please consider The Cumberland Land Trust, PO Box 8011, Cumberland, RI 02864 or The McClure Miller Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, VT, 05446.
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John D. Glass

Posted at 04:13pm
Dear Scott, Betsy & Jodi

My sincere condolences to you and your families. I was a neighbor just down the street on Wolf Lake Drive here in Wasilla. I remember both Jim and Sally. They were absolutely fantastic neighbors and great people. I can remember seeing Jim taxiing out of his house and departing the airport. Jim was quite meticulous and dedicated to his way of doing things. The last time they were here Jim was having a garage sale in his hangar. I stopped by on my way home and looked at some items. He had a small homelite chain saw in its carrying case. I do not remember what he wanted for it but I knew I could use it so bought it from him. Upon opening the case after getting it home there was a notepad there. Reading the pad indicated everything that Jim had ever done to that chain saw. Whether it was replacing the chain or sharpening it was documented. I was very impressed with his care of it and knew that it would be very useful. I still have the saw sitting in my hangar and think of Jim and Sally when I use it or look at it. I have told numerous people of that story and they all enjoy and laugh at it. Jim was a great guy and he and Sally are now back together.

Our condolences,
John & Melinda Glass
Wasilla, Alaska

Thomas Egan

Posted at 03:10pm
Dear Betsy, Jodi, Scott
My deep sympathy to all of you. As you know Jim & Sally were very special to our family. We are so lucky to have shared many adventures with them in the great state of Alaska. Jim & Sally were always kind to all of us especially our son who both of them were holding when he was only a couple of weeks old. My son always enjoyed visiting them in their Wasilla home. I learned much from Jim, most of all how to be a more calm person in any situation. I will never forget Jim or your mother. May Jim rest in peace and enjoy his reunion with his dear wife Sally.
All our sympathy during this difficult time for all of you.
Tom, Taya, & Anand Egan

Angelyn Scala

Posted at 10:53am
Dear Scott, Betsy, Jodi
My deepest sympathy to you.
Jim and Sally were very special neighbors to Andy and me for so many years.
What a wonderful life they shared leaving you with such beautiful
Love and sincere sympathy
Angelyn and Family

Gary Denis

Posted at 05:46pm
I started at Valley Gas Co. in Operations working way below Jim who was a VP. Jim took the time to know and take interest in an extremely low level employee like me. He always treated me and everyone else with the same respect no matter their stature in the Company. Jim gained a great deal of my respect when he would show up at the annual Union picnic to play softball with many of us who could be adversarial on any given day. Jim and his wife Sally were the epitome of " down to earth people". They don't make them like that anymore. My sympathy and prayers go out to the family and the Terrys. Gary J. Denis Valley Gas

A W Rich Funeral Home

Posted at 01:53pm
The entire staff of A W Rich Funeral Home wishes to express our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family during this difficult time.

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