Michael Gordon Hull
WARDSBORO- Michael Gordon Hull, 82, died on the evening of May 28 at his temporary residence at Pine Heights of Brattleboro.
Mr. Hull was the husband of Janice (Robinson) Hull, whom he married at the Baptist Church on Main Street in Brattleboro on January 18, 1964. They were blessed with two beautiful, talented daughters, Ursula Jean Hull and Michelle Jamie Hull, both of Wardsboro. Michael and Jan shared 57 years of a mutually loving, adventurous marriage, always making sure the other was the happier of the two.
He was a graduate of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School in Ravena, NY, and Northwestern University of Evanston, IL. His interests included listening to the music of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, the Beatles, and Bob Dylan, among many others. He spent many a day hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and rail trails wherever he could. He went to many NASCAR races, his favorite driver being Joe Nemechek. He cheered on the New York Yankees from the time he was a small boy, and he had a particular love for all things baseball and was knowledgeable about its individual player statistics. He loved reading and usually had three to four different books in progress. For 33 years he attended the Hull Family Reunion on every Labor Day weekend, where he was a multi-time winner of the annual family cribbage tournament. The last few years he, with his family, visited every town, gore, and grant when he joined the 251+4 Club in the state of Vermont. But first and foremost always was his love and caring for his family, and he shared all his interests with them.
Mr. Hull was employed for 25 years by The Lane Construction Corp. of Meriden, CT, building roads up and down the East Coast. One superintendent described Mr. Hull as the best builder of a landfill that he’d ever seen; his job ran like a well-orchestrated concert with every truck and grader coming and going in perfect precision. The family lived in several towns in New York state; Bangor, Maine; Goochland, VA (when he worked on the Downtown Expressway in Richmond, VA); and Nash County, NC. When The Lane Construction Corp. moved on to a road job in West Virginia, Mr. Hull decided to stay in one place for a while and the family moved to Buckingham County, VA. He went to work there for the Kyanite Mining Corporation as a superintendent of surface mining where he stayed for the next 22 years.
In 1999, Michael and Jan moved to her hometown of Wardsboro, and have lived there ever since. He first worked for Vermont Senior Solutions but he couldn’t really be happy at an inside occupation, and he went to work for The MOOver where he stayed for 22 years. He worked for almost a year at the Green Mountain Express in Bennington until health issues forced him to give it up.
For 22 years he was on the board of listers and served as the zoning administrator for the town of Wardsboro, resigning from both offices when he moved to Pine Heights in July 2020.
Mr. Hull was the son of Jesse C. and Dorothy N. (Fisher) Hull, born on April 21, 1939 in Glens Falls, NY. He was predeceased by his only brother, James C. Hull, and is survived by two sisters, Jacqueline D. Hull and Marcia H. Waszkiewicz, both of Yalesville, CT. He is also survived by brothers- and sisters-in-law: Stanley F. Evans (husband of the late Charlotte Robinson Evans), of Dummerston; Stefan and Norma R. Schernthaner, of South Londonderry; and Gary and Evelyn Jo Robinson, of Alton, MO; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was fortunate to find his second home at Pine Heights where he received the best care that anyone could receive. The family wishes to thank each and every staff member who helped in any way while he was a resident. The family also wants to thank Dr. Timothy Shafer and all who shared in his well-being while he was a patient at Grace Cottage Hospital, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and Cheshire Medical Center so many times over the past few years.
There will be a private graveside service at the West Wardsboro Cemetery.
Donations in Mr. Hull’s memory may be made to Wardsboro Fire & Rescue, PO Box 151, Wardsboro, VT 05355; Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, PO Box 96014, Washington, DC 20090-6014; The Appalachian Trail Conference, PO Box 807, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425; or Grace Cottage Hospital, 185 Grafton Road, Townshend, VT 05353.
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