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Obituary: E. Calvin Schneider, 1944-2017

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E. Calvin Schneider
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E. Calvin Schneider died peacefully of an interstitial lung infection at his home on June 4, 2017, in the house that he and his wife built 35 years ago. He was a loving husband, woodworker, gourmet cook, avid birder, reader, graceful skier, tennis player and cyclist. Cal loved traveling, going to Maine, adventures, his friends and being outside.

He was born in Santa Fe, N.M., to Betsy and Ed Schneider and moved from Los Alamos, N.M., to Ithaca, N.Y., then to Vermont in 1946. He was in the first graduating class of South Burlington High School in 1962. After working in Saint Croix and having many sailing adventures, he returned to Vermont to finish his degree at the University of Vermont. Cal was most proud of excelling on the ski team in high school, serving on the ski patrol at Stowe and building an octagon for his friends in Charlotte. He contracted polio at the age of 6 and struggled with post-polio complications the last 30 years of his life. Despite chronic pain, he enjoyed life to the fullest and had an exquisite capacity to do anything. He was a good-natured, positive and gentle person and teacher.

In the 1970s, he established a small, well-renowned woodworking shop with his brother. His real passion lay in fine woodworking, in which he took great patience and care to create furniture and intricate circular staircases designed by his brother Rick. As one friend put it: ”His spirit will live on in the ‘Cal-aesthetics’ he leaves behind.”

Cal is survived by his best friend and wife, Cooter (Kathleen Bushey); his brother Bill and Bill’s daughter, JoHannah, of Middlebury; his brother Rick and Rick's wife, Helen Gordon, of Panama; and extended family.

Cal’s family would like to thank all the friends and relatives who cooked for them and supported them throughout his long illness. A special thanks is extended to the network of doctors and healers and the kind, professional people of Addison County Home Health and Hospice, and Hospice Volunteers.

There will be a celebration of his life later this summer. To remember Cal, please go for a walk, savor a good meal and, if you so choose, contribute to Addison County Home Health and Hospice or Hospice Volunteers, your local food bank, or Planned Parenthood.

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