Douglas Ariel Rossier • Danville Douglas Ariel Rossier, recently of Danville, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2017 with family by his side. Born on July 21, 1919 in Montgomery, VT, Doug was the son of the late Lawrence and Alberta (Ariel) Rossier. Most of Doug's childhood was spent in Eden, VT. He met his future wife, Mary DeVine from Ferrisburgh, while both were attending Lyndon Institute. Following graduation, Doug went to work for Pratt and Whitney in Bristol, Connecticut as a machinist. Mary and Doug were wed August 2, 1943. With Mary's father Ernest DeVine, Doug operated a gas station in Vergennes, which grew into their farm machinery business, DeVine's Sales and Service, located in Ferrisburgh since 1950. Doug and Mary resided in Ferrisburgh behind "the shop" while raising their four children, Charlie, Sue, Glenn and Annie. In 1974, he retired and turned over the family business to his son, Charlie. Doug and Mary moved to the woods in Holland, VT where they designed and built their homestead off the grid. He was a pioneer of wind and solar power, organic gardening and self sufficiency. One of Doug's passions, which he would gladly share with anyone, was natural foods and nutritional supplements; this surely aided his longevity. Doug and Mary were well known for their many flowers, foods, and crafts at local farmers' markets, especially "Mary's Soap." He was also a self-taught jazz pianist who played by ear. Doug and Mary designed and built their current wind and solar home in Danville, which was included in Real Goods Magazine's National Tour of Independent Homes. He loved to share his off-grid knowledge with anyone interested. Doug leaves his son, Glenn (and Kathy) Rossier of Vergennes, daughter, Annie (and Blake) McNeill of West Newbury, and daughter-in-law Jean Rossier of Ferrisburgh; grandchildren, Tyler, Eric (and Stephanie), Emily, and Ryan (and Annie) Rossier; great grandchildren Myrrh Pitkin, Shae, Sophie, Grant and Olivia Rossier. He also leaves multiple generations of Rossier, DeVine, Kinney and Smith nieces and nephews. Doug was predeceased by his wife, Mary; son, Charlie; daughter, Sue; his siblings Alice (and Jack) Kinney, Bernard (and Marjorie), Esther (and Archie) Smith and Gibson (and Marjorie), and brothers-in-law, Albert (and Doris) and Karl (and Bea) DeVine. The family wishes to thank the staff at Helen Porter Healthcare and Alice Barnum for Doug's care during his last few months. There will be a memorial gathering at 3 pm on Thursday, March 23rd at the Grange Hall in Ferrisburgh. Interment will be at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home. Online condolences at www.sandersonfuneralservice.com Visit burlingtonfreepress.com/obituaries to Express condolences and sign the guest book.
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