Beth Austin-Shortt

Published: 9/5/2018 3:00:06 AM
Modified: 9/5/2018 3:00:41 AM

Wells River, Vt. — Beth Austin-Shortt, 65, of Wells River passed away Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at Mass. General Hospital in Boston while her partner Max and daughter Robin held her hands.

Beth was born in Waltham Mass and lived most of her life in Groton, Vt.  

She worked for many years at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, N.H. including working for the ambulance service, where she was a CPR instructor and an EMT. Her last 13 years of employment were at Blue Mountain Union School in Wells River, aiding in the education of BMU children.

Beth was instrumental in helping to establish the Groton/Ryegate Fast Squad in 1986. This Fast Squad has been an important and integral part of the Groton Fire Department and the Groton/Ryegate communities area for the past 32 years. 

Beth and her partner Max Robitzer moved to their home in Wells River in 2012, adding their little Dog Benji in 2016.

She had four children, Robin Willis of Danville, Vt., Brenda & husband Chub Bruleigh of Groton Vt., Jonathan Austin-Shortt & partner Tosha Cochran of Danville, and Joel Austin-Shortt of Plymouth, N,H. Her grandchildren included Samantha, Megan, Steven, Hannah, Isabella, Ferdinand, Tenika and Taylor. She also had two great-grandchildren, Carter & Carabella.

There will be an informal time of fun and remembrance at Beth & Max’s home, 1775 Rt 302 Wells River on Sat., Sept 15 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Donations in Beth’s memory can be made to be made to the Groton/Ryegate Fast Squad, 1476 Scott Hwy, Groton Vt. Please consider registering to be a life giving donor at Both of these organizations were important to Beth.

Max Robitzer and Beth’s family wants to sincerely thank everyone for all the hugs, love, donations, support and help during her attempted journey for new lungs. She had been very excited to begin living a near normal life again. 

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