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Charles L. Robitaille, Sr. ’43

Charles Laurier Robitaille, Sr. of Shelburne, VT, closed his final flight plan on July 8, 2021. He passed away at McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester, VT.

He was born on July 25, 1925 in Holyoke, MA. He was a veteran of the Army and served tours in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He married Freola Katherine Files in 1946. He is survived by his children, Gary Robitaille of North Carolina, and Susan Wolff of Florida, as well as his 10 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren and his companion Sally Luedeke. He was predeceased by his wife, Freola (Kitty) and his son, Charles Jr.

“Chuck” had a deep love for flying, especially giving airplane rides to many enthusiastic children of the Young Eagles. He enjoyed the friendship of many like-minded pilots who met weekly at the “Coffee Klatch.” He loved his family and friends deeply and will be missed by all.

The family would like to thank the McClure Miller Respite House for their love and compassionate care during the final days of his illness. There will be a private service for family at his interment ceremony. In lieu of flowers, any donations may be made to the McClure Miller Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Hwy, Colchester, VT 05446.

John A. Harvey ’50

John Arthur Harvey, age 91, of Topsfield, MA, an accomplished businessman, tennis player, downhill skier, jazz aficionado, and storyteller, died peacefully on October 7th, 2021 in Harwich. Born in Boston on April 14, 1930 the youngest son of Roger Laighton Harvey and Aagot (Berg) Harvey. John attended Williston Northampton School, Boston University, and Monterey Language School. Later, he served in The U.S. Air Force during the Korean War in Germany. He married “his girl” Linda Gorham of Wellesley. He and Linda proudly raised their four children in Topsfield. There, they played hockey on the backyard pond, despite the thin ice, attended many Red Sox games, despite the Yankees, and hosted numerous Thanksgiving dinners despite the year the electricity went out. John’s business acumen led to his founding Harvey Tool Company, a business he started in the family living room became a leading machine tool company in North America, and is still thriving today as Harvey Performance Company in Rowley. John loved telling stories. Whether it was the one room schoolhouse he attended growing up in Ellsworth, Maine, his days skiing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, his Club 92 tennis matches or trekking Tuckerman Ravine with lifelong friends, John never ran out of memories to share. As many friends have said, “John Harvey was one of a kind.” He found great joy in helping future generations and loved offering his business and financial advice to young people. He took great pride in watching his granddaughters Kristen and Katie succeed in their careers. Later in his life, he found special meaning mentoring two young men from East Africa and watching them flourish in their new lives in America. John and Linda enjoyed their retirement years with friends and family in Harwich Port, Sanibel, FL and Bridgton, ME. To say that he loved his summer place on Highland Lake in Bridgton would be an understatement. He spent his days puttering around Juniper Lodge and Plumed Thistle painting boards and repairing screens. He delighted in the cry of the loon, drinking his morning coffee on the dock, and paddling around the lake in his Old Town canoe. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Linda; and three daughters Julie and her husband David Carignan of Bradford, NH, Sally and her partner John Richardson of Barton, VT, and Elizabeth of South Portland, ME; as well as grandchildren Kristen and Katherine Doering. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who adored Uncle John. He was predeceased by his son John Jr., and his sisters Virginia Harvey Brett and Priscilla Harvey Churchill. A Celebration of his Life will be held at the Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St., Topsfield, MA on Thursday, October 21st at 12:00 p.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Lakes Environmental Association in Bridgton, Maine (https://mainelakes.org), or Southern Maine Community College Foundation in South Portland, Maine (https://my.smccme.edu/ICS/Online_Giving.jnz).

Philip C. Viscidi Jr. ’65

Philip C. Viscidi Jr. left the world shortly after his 74th birthday on September 24, 2021, survived by his loving wife, two children, three siblings, and a grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents Rose and Phil. A hero to both his children, Phil was a family man guided by sound principles and good morals. Contemplative and responsible, his strong sense of right and wrong can be equally attributed to the influence of his father and the honorable Judge Judy. He tackled life’s challenges with determination and vigor. Volunteering as a coach, advocating for liberal justice, and working as a mentor to all who asked, Phil assertively supported those around him. His presence will be missed, but his spirit will live on in the many who he inspired. In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be given in his name to his childhood school, the Williston Northampton School, or to the Viscidi Family Scholarship Fund he proudly established at the College of Charleston.

Hugh P. Gilman ’57

Hugh P. Gilman passed away peacefully from medical complications on August 24, 2021, aged 81 years. Dearly loved husband of Margaret (Peg) Gilman, married for 53 years. Brother to Emily Hayden ’61 of Wilbraham, MA; father of Andrew, Nathaniel, and Christian, and grandfather to Phoenix, Lakota, Samantha and Michael. Before moving to New Zealand in 1985, Hugh and his family resided in W. Brookfield and Westminster, MA. In his time he was a race car driver, a NASA physicist, a science teacher, an IT guy, an AA sponsor, a hospital chaplain, a puzzle enthusiast, a church sexton, and the greatest of all pancake chefs. Messages to the family may be posted to c/-PO Box 44-176, Lower Hutt 5040. In accordance with Hugh’s wishes a private cremation has taken place.

Anthony V. Orlandella ’56

Anthony V. Orlandella, 83, of Falmouth, MA, formerly of Chatham and Wayland, passed away suddenly on September 8, 2021.

Tony was born on August 21, 1938 in Boston, MA to Felix and Lena Orlandella, and grew up in Newton. He attended Williston Academy. He earned his undergraduate degree and law degree at Boston University. He was the loving husband of Barbara Orlandella (predeceased) with whom he shared 54 years of marriage.

They raised their three sons in Wayland, MA and moved to Cape Cod in the early 1990’s. Tony worked at InnSeason Resorts with coworkers who were his dear friends.

He loved playing cards and golf, but more than anything, Tony loved being in the company of and cooking for close family and friends. His homemade manicotti and the ability to cook a roast to perfection are a few of his many passions, but it’s Tony’s quick wit and distinctive sense of humor that will be missed most. Known to many as Papa Tony, Joe, or Buddy, he had countless friends who were lucky to know him. From his fraternity brothers to close friends who became family. Tony was one of a kind.

Tony is survived by three sons: Lieutenant Colonel Michael Orlandella and wife Cruzkaya of Augusta, Georgia, David Orlandella and wife Lisa of Chatham, and Peter Orlandella and wife Erika of Falmouth and six beloved grandchildren Olivia, Peter Jr., Joseph, Michael Jr., Cecilia, and Georgiana.

A Funeral Mass will take place at St. Anthony’s Church in East Falmouth at 10am on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held immediately after at the Cape Cod Winery, 4 Oxbow Road, East Falmouth. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Tony’s life.

Mark C. Reichenbacher ’71

Mark Charles Reichenbacher, age 67, of Alexandria, Virginia passed away on Sunday, August 29, 2021.
Mark grew up in the Boston area before attending Williston. He was active in choirs starting at Williston and continued to sing in church throughout his life. He earned degrees from the University of Indiana and the University of Massachusetts and had a career as a labor relations specialist with the Departments of Labor and Agriculture in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. He fought cancer for five years and founded an internet support group for glosectomy and laryngectomy patients.
Mark is survived by his wife, Susan; his children, David, Sarah, and Lisa; his brothers, David ’69, and Bruce ’74, and their families.

David W. Garrett ’61

David Walter Garrett, 78, of Charlotte, VT, died unexpectedly on August 17, 2021 from heart failure brought on by a breakthrough COVID infection. Though tragic, it was as he would have wanted it: over in an instant, at the end of a perfect Vermont summer day, at his home of four decades, the historic Cedar Farm, on Thompson’s Point in Charlotte.

A woodsman, artist, investment manager, entrepreneur and hotelier, he had extraordinary creativity and vision. Across all his endeavors, things that seemed impossible regularly came to be real – from a cabin deep in the Adirondacks that he built by hand, to a boutique hotel company that set new standards for ultra-luxury accommodation and historic preservation.

David was one of the most experienced developers of small, high-end hotels in the world – a credential he earned after years as a successful investment banker. His hotel career began in the 1980s, with the purchase and rejuvenation of an old Rockefeller Great Camp on Upper Saranac Lake, NY, known as The Point. The hotel became one of the most lauded luxury properties in the country, and led to the purchase of other historic hotels that commanded high room rates and delivered incomparable services to guests.

David and his wife Christie ran the properties under the banner of Garrett Hotel Group, which at one point comprised The Point and The Lake Placid Lodge in the Adirondacks, The Wilcox in Aiken, SC, and The Inn of the Five Graces in Santa Fe, NM. David was also instrumental in the creation of Twin Farms in Barnard, VT, and advised on other properties. Over the years, David served as North American president of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotel association and on its international board of directors.

He helped invigorate the boutique hotel movement in the U.S. and inspire a renaissance of all things Adirondack. Himself a master woodworker, he tapped into the Adirondack style of “rustic elegance” – a phrase he used often – and enlisted local craftspeople to build pieces for the hotels. He also made many pieces himself – from enormous twigged credenzas to wine cellars bedecked in branches. David’s works remain on display in his most recent hotel project, The Ivy, in Baltimore, MD; in the barn he turned into an office in Charlotte, VT; and on his website, Corkiture.com – named for his early fascination with using corks in his furniture making.

David Garrett was born in New York City on Dec. 12, 1942 and grew up with his older brother, Daniel, in Scarborough, NY. His parents, Daniel N. Garrett and Louise Benson Garrett, were transplanted Southerners, and David nurtured a lifelong fascination with the South and family genealogy, tracing Garretts and Bensons back centuries and often paying unannounced visits to distant relatives in his many travels.

As a boy, David was drawn to the woods and fascinated by the television show, Daniel Boone, impressed by the depiction of warm family life in a log cabin, with wild adventure all around.

He attended The Williston Northampton School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A devoted Tar Heels fan, hardly anything could get between him and a Carolina basketball game. At Chapel Hill, his independent streak and passion for the woods were on full display: he skipped the dorms and lived in a log cabin.

After college, while living in New York and working at his father’s printing business, he met his wife, Christie Coursen, then a flight attendant for TWA. The two would soon have their first of three daughters while spending a year in Paris.

During this time David made two key moves that would shape the course of his life. The first was to purchase 165 acres in the Adirondacks in 1967 and begin carrying out his dream of a cabin in the woods. He built the cabin on high ground above a still pond, surrounded by ancient wooded state land. He spent the next 54 years expanding and improving the cabin, making it his sanctuary and family retreat. All important life decisions, he’d say, were made at the cabin.

The other key path David took was to begin working as an investment banker. The work suited his tolerance for risk, clear-minded decision-making, and keen sense of a good bet. He was a broker at Moseley, Hallgarten Estabrook & Weeden, and later First Albany, managing offices in Cambridge, MA and Burlington, VT. In the early 1980s, David also helped the Vermont Teddy Bear Company go from a small pushcart to a booming Bear-Gram business that continues today.

In 2008, David and Christie started Garrett Hotel Consulting, where they worked with clients on the development and management of properties around the country.

David is survived by his wife of 53 years, Christie of Charlotte; daughter Erin Garrett-Metz and her husband Andrew Metz and three children Lydia, Daniel and Miriam of Manchester by the Sea, MA; daughter Moriah Garrett ’95 and her husband Rob Arthur and three children, Samuel, Elouise and Olive of Baltimore, MD; and daughter Caitrin Garrett of Burlington, VT.

Stephan L. Hatch ’60

Dr. Stephan L. Hatch, 80, of Holiday, Florida, passed away after a brief illness at the Medical Center of Trinity in Trinity, Florida, with his three children present on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. He was born in Stoneham, Mass. on Feb. 14, 1941, and raised in Melrose, Mass. He graduated from the Williston Northampton School, Harvard University, and the University of Pennsylvania Dental School. He lived in Bridgton, Maine, for over 45 years, where he had his long-running dental practice, before moving to Holiday. He enjoyed coaching his children’s teams in their younger years and attending as many of their games as possible when they were older. He also enjoyed swimming, boating, gardening and traveling. He was not afraid to try new things and encouraged others to do the same. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. His sense of humor and big heart will be remembered by all who knew him. Steve is survived by his daughter Jennifer ’88 of Woodstock, Vt., his son Stephan ’89 and wife Katy of Lexington, Mass., and his son Matthew ’90 and wife Terri of Olathe, Kan.; siblings Vicki and Chris; and grandchildren Andrew, Lily, Hannah, Camdyn, Finn, Ethan, Eve and Sam. He was preceded in death by his parents Mabel and Theron Hatch II; his sibling Theron Hatch III; and his wife Deborah. A memorial service will be held in May 2022 in Bridgton.

Paul D. Tremaine ’49

Paul Donald Tremaine, known affectionately as “PT,” died at his home in Honolulu on August 5, 2021. PT was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 21, 1930, to Jay Eugene Tremaine, Jr., M.D. and Evelyn Meribah (Ely) Tremaine, and was the second of the family’s three children. His early childhood years were spent in Highland Park, Illinois until the family settled in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1941. Following his graduation from the Williston Academy in 1949, PT joined the U.S. Navy and for the next four years was stationed at the Long Beach Naval Station to the south of Los Angeles.
It was in Pasadena that PT’s dedication to a life in the theater began. After two years at the Pasadena Playhouse, PT spent the next three years dividing his time between summer stock at the Ramsdell Theater in Manistee, Michigan and winters at the Circle Theater in Nashville, Tennessee. For seven seasons he worked with the Erie, Pennsylvania community theater. It was here that he met Newell Tarrant who, in his later role as resident managing director of the Honolulu Community Theater, would invite PT to join him there. In the meantime, PT worked— on-stage and backstage— at both the Houston Playhouse Theater and the then newly founded North Carolina School of the Arts. In addition to a role as Announcer on the Kraft Theater, an early television program, PT’s film credits would later include acting credits in Ride the Wild Surf (1964) and M Station: Hawaii (1980)
In 1963, PT accepted Tarrant’s offer, taking a position as Technical Director at the Honolulu Community Theater (now the Diamond Head Theatre) in 1963. His association with the Diamond Head Theatre would continue for the next 58 years.
Early in his tenure at Diamond Head Theatre PT met Punahou School’s drama teacher, Eldon Almquist. The two joined forces to address what was a constant and significant challenge— finding affordable theatrical equipment on the island. Their solution was to start their own business. With $200 in the bank and a small storefront rental, they named their company the Almquist-Tremaine Theatrical Company, later changed to ATTCO.
ATTCO grew from a three-person shop (Tremaine and Almquist were joined by David Newell in 1968)—building and renting theatrical sets, lighting, and props—to become the state’s largest theatrics-for-hire operation, supplying equipment for trade shows, conventions, fireworks displays, and Hollywood television and films. PT’s days were spent at ATTCO and his evenings at DHT. After his retirement from ‘officially’ working at ATTCO in 2013, he stayed active at the company as a volunteer. His work with the theatre continued as well, and long after his acting days were behind him, he continued to sit on the DHT Board.
In addition to his height and leading-man good looks, PT possessed charm, wit, an irreverent sense of humor, and a middle-schooler’s delight in jokes (practical and otherwise). A lifelong ski enthusiast, he joined his brother for annual ski trips at mountains across the mainland or in Canada; a tradition ending only within the most recent few years.
PT never married or had children of his own. He did, however, leave behind an extended family and beloved friends, all of whom will miss him. Predeceased by his sister Maryanne (Tremaine) Hiebert (1929-2021), PT is survived by his brother and sister-in-law John Winthrop Tremaine and Elizabeth Tremaine of Silver Spring, Maryland; nephews Timothy Hiebert (Providence, Rhode Island) and John Hiebert (Wayland, Massachusetts), nieces Sarah (Hiebert) Flowers (Cranston, Rhode Island), K. Kirsti (Hiebert) Morse (Yarmouth, Maine), and Amy (Hiebert) Murphy (Warren, Rhode Island).
He also leaves behind his sailing partner and fellow prankster, former ATTCO colleague Gary Fenner, Kailua, Hawai’i, and fellow actor Joan (Vincent) Dillon, Kailua, Hawai’i, whose six-decade friendship (as well as that of her children Henry Vincent (1960-2011), Douglas Vincent (1955-1996) and Gail (Vincent) Godenzi, Kailua, Hawai’i) was central to his life.
A Memorial Celebration of PT’s Life will be held at the Diamond Head Theatre on a date tbd. Information will be posted on the DHT website (www.diamondheadtheatre.com) when this has been scheduled.