Orton Winfield patch | Obituary

Orton Winfield Patch BARRE – Orton Winfield Patch, 88, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, after a month-long battle with the flu at his winter home in San Tan Valley, Arizona. His passing left a giant hole in our hearts, but we are comforted by the thought that his last moments were spent at home, with his family by his side, and that he is now reunited with his friends, relatives, his beloved family and pets. Born on Sunday February 25, 1934, at home on the family farm north of Calais, he was the only child of Llewellyn Clifford and Leola (LeBarron) Patch. Orton attended North Calais Primary School and graduated from Spaulding Secondary School in 1952. As a young boy, when he was of working age, Orton delivered the newspaper ‘Grit’ in the North Calais. He loved the outdoors and knew every side road and shortcut. He hunted birds, bear and deer in his youth. In his youth, he built a flat-bottomed boat to spear or shoot pike. Once, while hunting in Calais, he saw a cougar basking in the sun on a large rock. Ever since he grew up on the family farm, Orton loved all wild animals and had a pet crow named “Smokey” and a black horse named “Midnight”. Even as adults, animals were drawn to Orton, and likewise, Orton to them. A familiar chipmunk sat on his lap as he relaxed on the porch. This same chipmunk also sat on the workbench in the “shop” next to his hand, watching him work on a project. He appreciated all the gifts of nature. One of Orton’s greatest accomplishments was meeting and winning the heart of the “love of his life”, the beautiful Patricia Ann Smith. Their first date in 1951 was a “Sadie Hawkins Dance” where Pat invited him to the dance which took place at Montpelier High School. After that, they were inseparable and danced every Saturday!! They married on June 18, 1955 and would have celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary this summer. At an early age, Orton was a true natural artist. While in high school, he designed, built, and entered a “Futuristic Model Car” in a Fisher-Body, General Motors Division vehicle competition—his entry won first place. Orton began his career as a graphic artist in 1950 for the Barre Sign Co. In 1984 he went freelance as the owner of Graphic Excellence by Ortsigns. Throughout his career, he has produced numerous signs for local and national businesses. Some of the signs are still visible on Main Street in Barre. In addition, he wrote and affixed gold leaf signs to many Vermont fire trucks, town trucks, and police vehicles. He also designed the seal of Barre Town and affixed a gold leaf seal to the entrance gates of the Montpelier State Capitol. Orton had 61 years of experience in logo design, original art and (free) hand lettering before he retired. He was a hard worker and often volunteered for community associations or took on extra jobs to support the growing family. Since 1973, he has served part-time for the Barre City and Barre Town Police Departments, and for the Washington County Sheriff’s Department (until age 80). He was a member of the Vermont State Auxiliary Police and served 30 years with the East Barre Fire Department. From 1952 to 1961, Orton was a member of the Vermont National Guard and again from 1977 to 1993 when he re-enlisted in the Army National Guard and Reserves for a total of 25 years. Orton was a devoted family man. When his son was young, he was a Webelos Scout leader. Together, the Cubs have had many adventures! There was nothing electrical, plumbing, or carpentry he couldn’t build or fix. He could always be found tinkering with or remodeling the 200-plus-year-old farmhouse, fixing automobiles, or helping their daughter build a cabin in New Mexico. He built a complete van for the family of six, and their first trip was to EXPO ’67 in Canada. He loved history, mystery, museums and travel. Some of the favorite places he visited were Hawaii, Alaska, Eastern and Western Caribbean, Jamaica, Cozumel, Cancun, Yellowstone, the Redwoods, Mount Rushmore, Custer’s Last Stand, Crazy Horse, Disney World, Winchester House , Oak Island, the Smithsonian, Wooly Mammoth Paleontological Site, all of the USA, Nova Scotia, PEI, Canada and any cruise or RV adventure!! For the past 15 years, Pat and Orton have spent six summer months at Lake Champagne RV Resort in Randolph Center, Vermont, and winters in San Tan Valley, Arizona. Orton, Pat and their family also loved the live gigs, ranging from presenters at Vermont State Fair venues to Elton John, George Strait, Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Mannheim Steamroller, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Andre Rieu, Alan Jackson, Andrea Bocelli, ZZ Upstairs, the Oakridge Boys and Randy Travis. For 60 years, Orton and Pat called Barre home. They were madly in love and had four children, Viki Patch, of San Tan Valley, Arizona, Marc (Jane) Patch, of Pittsford, Vermont, Kimberli Ward (boyfriend Michael Carbonneau), of Graniteville, Vermont, and Erin Salvas, of Washington , Vermont; three grandchildren, Pierce, Ryan and Christopher; and two great-grandchildren, Maxwell and MiaBella Grace. Orton is also survived by his beloved pets, Smiti (Bichon Frize’), Asha Daria (Pug), Mozart (German Shepherd), Lizzie (Shih Tzu), Sissy (German Shepherd Husky)… and Gryphin (the cat) . Orton helped his children discover their greatest strengths and taught them to meet challenges head-on. He was really the axis around which revolved and still revolve many lives. He watched over us all, loved us and protected us. He will always be infinitely big, infinitely strong, and his heritage, his artistic talent, his curious spirit, his generosity, his love for all animals, his sense of humor and his laughter, are now ours. Instead of sadness, celebrate, but not too much… a glass of wine or maybe two. A piece of peach or apple pie. A long road back. A kiss, maybe one… or more than one. He taught his children to find their own way. There was no place we couldn’t go. Aim for the stars. Protect the little ones and the fragile. Be kind to others. To smile, laugh and joke. Always be ready to lend a hand. He encouraged us to be ourselves, and ultimately… what a good friend a dog could be. The service to honor and celebrate his life will be held Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Hooker Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre. After the service, interment will be at 1 p.m. at Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery at the Randolph Center. There are no calling hours. For a memorial guestbook, please visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity or Alzheimer’s charity of one’s choice. If you value your freedom, thank a veteran.

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