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Bernard Robtoy 1929 - 2007

Bernard Roland Robtoy, 77, a longtime Swanton resident and more recently of Island Pond, died peacefully Sunday morning, August 5, 2007, in Evansville on the grounds of the Clan of the Hawk, where he had spent many hours in a place that he loved so much.

Born in St. George on September 30, 1929, Mr. Robtoy was a son of the late Fred and Alice (Robtoy) Robtoy. He was employed for 23 years with the former Swanton Packing Company. Frank Reed was his employer and good friend, and continued, along with his wife, Sandy, to visit him even after his retirement.

He enjoyed the friendship of his many friends at Sunrise Manor in Island Pond and his extended family from the Clan of the Hawk, especially Chief Lone Cloud (Ralph Swett) with whom he spent many hours.

He is survived by his wife, Hilda, of 56 years; by two daughters, Bernadette Paola of West Virginia and Eunice Ann Konon of Long Island, New York; by two sons, Bernard E. Robtoy of Swanton and Adrian Robtoy of St. Albans; by nine grandchildren: Sean “Buddy” Robtoy and his girlfriend, Amber, of St. Albans, Adrian II “Pete” of St. Albans, Jordan of Highgate, Sonya of Swanton, Shana of Williston, Tiffany Cratty and her husband, Justin, of New York, Michael Gagne of Long Island, Heather Robtoy of Burlington, and Felecia Burleson of California; by four sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law: Janet and Harold Osmer of Windsor, Donna Buchanon of Laconia, New Hampshire, Norma and Forbes Louverin of Torrington, Connecticut, and Alberta Sweet of East Topsham; by many nieces, nephews, and cousins; by one very faithful friend, Carol Irons; and by his many friends from the Clan of the Hawk.

He was predeceased by three children: his infant daughter Bernetta Ann, Sergeant Penelope Robtoy Pelletier, and Christopher Sweet Robtoy; by six sisters and brothers-in-law: Laura and Leo Kenyon, Agnes and Herbert Button, Yvonne and Arthur Laplante, Bernice and William Braley, Barbara and William Root, Evelyn Robtoy, and Walter Sweet.

A celebration of Mr. Robtoy’s life was held August 9 at the Memorial United Methodist Church at Swanton Village. The Reverend Marcheta Townsend officiated. Interment followed in the Robtoy family lot in Riverside Cemetery.

Gifts in Mr. Robtoy’s memory may be made to the Clan of the Hawk, Evansville, Vermont 05860; or to the American Diabetes Association, Vermont Affiliate, 77Hegeman Avenue, Colchester, Vermont 05446.

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