Warren T. Lillie


Obituaries / Mar. 8, 2012 10:36am EST

Leicester— Warren Thomas Lillie, 51, died March 1, 2012, at his home.

He was born in Florence, Italy, on March 15, 1960, the son of A. Lloyd and Barbara (Bailey) Lillie. He received his early education in Newton (Mass.) schools, and graduated from Newton North High School. He was an active member of the Newton YMCA. He, his mother, and his sister graduated from Boston University on the same day, with the same degree.

He worked for many years as a teacher with students with special needs, at the Learning Prep and Carroll Schools in Massachusetts and in the Randolph (Vt.) Union High School, where he was the director of Project Achieve. He was also a respite provider for the Clara Martin Center and a volunteer at the Addison County Teen Program in Middlebury. He had a gift for connecting with youth even after he stopped teaching, and he continued to be involved in any way he could with teens in the community. He was a mentor to many and taught guitar at the ACT program as well.

He loved the outdoors and could be found on Lake Dunmore, in any season, fishing in open water and on the ice. He loved to teach kids to fish and hooked many for life. Vermont was truly home to him and his love of nature and wildlife made it a peaceful place for him during some difficult times. He had been the caretaker of Camp Chickami, the YMCA Day Camp in Wayland, Mass.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Coleen Lillie of Leicester; his parents, A. Lloyd and Barbara Lillie of Newton, Mass.; a foster son, Riehlen LaRow; two sisters, Nina Ledoyt and Lisa Taylor, both of Newton, Mass.; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m. at the Middlebury American Legion Post #27. Family and friends will share in the ceremony, followed by a time of fellowship and remembrance. A priĀ­vate graveside committal service and burial will take place, at a later date, at West Hill Cemetery in Rochester.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be made to: Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, Vt. 05753; or Addison County Humane Society, 234 Boardman St, Middlebury, Vt. 05753; or the Committee on Temporary Shelter, P.O. Box 1616, Burlington, Vt. 05402.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.

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