CHESTER, Vt. – Cecil Waldo died surrounded by his family at age 85 on Tuesday, June 14, at Springfield Health and Rehabilitation Center, after a lengthy illness.
Cecil was born on August 3, 1930 in St. Johnsbury, Vt, the son of Maurice and Lillian (Heyer) Waldo. He graduated from Chester High School in 1949, then married the love of his life, Shirley Perkins, on July 8, 1950, in Chester, where they continued to reside for the next 65+ years.
Cecil was employed by The National Survey in Chester for many years, retiring in 1992, after which he worked as a Lister and Zoning Administrator for the Town of Chester for several years. Cecil was very involved in the Town of Chester, serving in many capacities, including the Chester Select Board, Board of Civil Authority, Development Review Board, Southern Regional Planning Commission, Chester Fire and Police Departments, and Windsor County Sheriff’s Department. Cecil was also a Member of the First Baptist Church and held many positions there as well.
Cecil loved music, played many different instruments, and danced whenever possible. He was also an avid reader. His literary interests were widespread and he could always be found with a book in hand. He also enjoyed spending time with friends, particularly his monthly lunch companions, the OFL’s. His love of Chester and the surrounding area was only matched by his knowledge of the history and politics of local government and he could often be found at the Country Girl Diner, discussing day-to-day town issues.
Cecil’s greatest source of pride was his family and he was his happiest when surrounded by them. He had a strong sense of loyalty, hard work, and ethics, which he passed on to his children and grandchildren.
Cecil is survived by his loving wife Shirley, sons Brian Waldo of Chester and Steven (Donna) Waldo of Baltimore, daughter Cathy (Bruce) McWilliam of Chester, grandchildren Julian (Andrea)Waldo of South Burlington, Stephanie Waldo of Albuquerque, N.M., Shannon McWilliam of Albany, N.Y., and Jenna McWilliam of Milton, VT., as well as a life long special friend Robert Haseltine of Grafton.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 23 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Chester, with a reception following at the church. There are no calling hours and burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be sent to First Baptist Church of Chester, 162 Main Street, Chester, VT. 05143
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.