Jesse J. “Pipewrench” Parsons
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Wardsboro- Jesse James “Pipewrench” Parsons Jr., 74, of Route 100 in West Wardsboro, died Tuesday morning, August 29, at Grace Cottage Hospital with his family at his side, following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Parsons was born in Wilmington on March 10, 1943, the son of Jesse J. and June (Lazelle) Parsons. He was raised in Wilmington where he attended public school. He went on to serve in the Vermont National Guard and soon after attended evening vocational school at Mount Anthony High School in Bennington

At the time of his death he owned and operated Pipewrench Water Systems & Trailer Sales in West Wardsboro. Previously, he worked as a licensed plumber for Adams Plumbing Company in Wilmington (1965-1972) where he served his apprenticeship prior to obtaining his professional license.

Active civically, he was a member of the Wardsboro Volunteer Fire Department for 46 years serving as chief, assistant chief, and currently was president of the department.

He loved motorcycles, riding and taking trips to the coast of Maine with his wife and friends. With his wife, he held membership in the Red Knights Motorcycle Club and was an active member and current president of the Wardsboro Pathfinders Snowmobile Club.

Mr. Parsons was known as a hard worker and devoted family man who enjoyed time spent with his family. On September 18, 1964, in West Wardsboro, he married Bette J. Allen, who survives.

Besides his faithful and devoted wife of 53 years he leaves one son, Daniel Parsons, and his wife Dawn, of West Wardsboro; his mother, June Parsons, of Wilmington; one brother, Kenneth Parsons, and wife Jodi, of Wilmington; three grandchildren, Shawna Crickmore, Justin Lanouette, and Charles Lanounette; and three great-grandchildren, Dustin, McKenzie, and Dale. Additionally, he leaves several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and his beloved pet Rottweiler “Rambo.”

Graveside committal services were conducted Saturday, September 2, at the West Wardsboro Cemetery with Pastor Peter Carlson officiating. A reception followed at the Stratton Town Hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to Red Knights Motorcycle Club, VT Chapter #2, Cancer Fund, PO Box 8032, Brattleboro, VT 05304; Path Finders Snowmobile Club, 814 Potter Road, Wardsboro, VT 05355; or to the Wardsboro Volunteer Fire Dept., 49 Main St., Wardsboro, VT 05355.

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