WILMINGTON- Peter D. Barton, 83, a resident of Winter Haven Drive, died Saturday, June 22, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Mr. Barton was born in Barton on February 12, 1936, the son of Roger and Helen McMann Barton. He graduated from Orleans High School and attended the University of Vermont. Barton was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during the Korean conflict.
Mr. Barton was an officer for the Vermont State Police and former Bennington Chief of Police. He spent 10 years in the Attorney General’s Office as the Chief State Investigator and was also an investigator for Bennington County as part of the state’s attorney’s office.
Mr. Barton was the former chief of security at Mount Snow, and since 1987 he owned and operated The Barton Agency Inc. He was also a very active member of the community, having served as town and school moderator from 1970 to 1983, justice of the peace from 2015 to 2017, town constable from 1971 to 1979, 1989 to 1990, and 1998 to present. In addition to this, he was a 20-year veteran of the Wilmington Fire Department.
Mr. Barton was also a 58-year, 32nd-degree member of Social Lodge #38, F & AM, in Wilmington, from which he recently retired as secretary. He was also a former Worshipful Master of the Lodge, a trustee of the Baptist Church, and a member of the Brattleboro Elks Lodge. His true passion was his family and his love for summers at his camp in Barton.
Mr. Barton is survived by his wife Connie, whom he married on April 6, 1958; his children, Keli Gould and her husband Joel, of Wilmington, Jeffrey Barton and his wife Joanne, of Colchester, and Timothy Barton and his wife Carolyn, of Westborough, MA. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Jamie Brown and her husband Christopher, Stefanie Rosso and her partner Chad Bullock, David Rosso and his wife Lindsay, Nicholas, Connor, Ryann, and Drew Barton; and five great-grandchildren, Brayden, Landon, and Avery Brown, and Grace and Isla Bullock. He is also survived by his sister, Susan Farrelley, of East Brookfield, MA, and his brothers, Barry Barton, of South Carolina, and James Barton, of Charleston.
Funeral services for Mr. Barton were held Thursday, June 27, at 1 pm at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Wilmington. Interment and military honors followed in Riverview Cemetery.
In lieu of visiting hours, friends were invited to join Mr. Barton’s family at a reception in his honor, immediately following interment services, at the Masonic Temple. Gifts in Mr. Barton’s memory may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, c/o Covey, Allen and Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363. To send the family personal condolences visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.