Alden Robert Twiss Age: 68 • Newington Alden Robert Twiss, known to all as Bob, died peacefully on Friday, January 6, 2017 at Craftsbury Community Care Center in the presence of loving family. Bob was born on March 4, 1925, in Craftsbury, VT to Alden and Grace (Seaver) Twiss. He attended the local schools and graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1942. A varsity star athlete in basketball and baseball, he also actively participated in a variety of school activities. He served three years in the U.S. Army as a military policeman. This assignment took him to England, France, and the Philippines until he was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in 1946. Bob attended the University of Vermont, lettering in varsity basketball and baseball and graduating with a B.A. degree in 1950 and an M.A. degree in 1956. Bob was a teacher and coach at Craftsbury Academy, Principal in North Troy, Newport, and Stowe, and Superintendent of Schools in Vergennes and Randolph. He later served as Superintendent of Schools for Nauset Regional School District and Harwich School District, both on Cape Cod, MA. In his retirement he enjoyed watching sporting events, playing bridge, and being involved in community activities. Bob served as President of the Craftsbury Academy Trustees, Deacon of the United Church of Craftsbury, President of the Craftsbury Community Care Center, Director of the Northeast Area Agency on Aging, and President of the Vermont Superintendents' Association, just to name a few. The Town of Craftsbury dedicated its 2016 Annual Report to Bob, a significant honor that acknowledged his many worthy contributions to community life and affirmed the high regard and deep respect held for him by the citizens of his hometown. He is survived by two children, Deborah Dickovick of Burlington and R. Jeffrey Twiss and his wife Sarah of Reading, MA; four grandchildren, J. Tyler Dickovick and his wife Alessandra, Kathryn (Dickovick) Lambert and her husband Adam, Cameron Twiss, and Lindsay Twiss; four great-grandchildren, Carolina and Gabriela Dickovick and Steele and William Lambert. He is also survived by his sister Joyce Duff, sister Alice McEdward and her husband Bob, and brother Carl Twiss and his wife Judy. Bob was predeceased by his step-daughter Sharon Sumner, first wife Caroline (Cameron) Twiss, son-in-law Colonel J. Gary Dickovick, and second wife Joan (McQuiston) Twiss. Bob was a staunch community member wherever he put down roots; however his heart always belonged to his beloved hometown of Craftsbury. Memorial gifts honoring Bob may be directed to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, VT 05826 or Craftsbury Academy, PO Box 73, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827. A funeral service for Bob will be held at the Craftsbury Academy Gymnasium, Craftsbury Common, VT, Sunday, January 15 at 2:00 p.m. On-line condolences at curtis-britch.com . The Curtis-Britch & Davis Funeral Service, Craftsbury Common, VT is in charge of final arrangements. Visit burlingtonfreepress.com/obituaries to Express condolences and sign the guest book.
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