David L. Rorison

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

David L. Rorison, 91, of Springfield, VT died peacefully on Saturday, November 3, 2018, surrounded by family. He was born in Rutland, VT on July 16, 1927, to Alstine and Helen (Lang) Rorison of Mendon, VT. He graduated from Rutland High School in 1945. After 15 months in the US Marine Corps, he entered the Vermont State School of Agriculture (now Vermont Technical College) and graduated in 1947. David married Eleanor Fairbank in 1949, moved to Springfield, and they enjoyed nearly 50 years of marriage before she died in 1999. David was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will always be remembered by his love for his family, kindness to others, his wit, incredible strength, and work ethic.

David’s career started as a milk tester with Springfield DHIA in 1951, and after retirement from Idlenot Dairy in 1990, he returned to milk testing for another 20 years at DHIA. He was active in the Springfield community, as a member of the Jaycees (Jr. Chamber of Commerce), the United Methodist Church, and the American Legion. He was also a volunteer firefighter. David was active at the Springfield Senior Center, where he served on the Senior Center Advisory Board. He and Eleanor square danced for 25 years with the Precision Valley Squares. They loved to go bowling and camping, and spending time with family and friends. David was a lifelong Red Sox fan. In 2009 he was named Springfield’s Senior Citizen of the Year.

David is survived by his brother, Gilbert, and his family, of Rutland. He also leaves behind his 5 children: Robert (and Barbara), of Springfield; Phyllis Hanus (and Thad), Thomas (and Jodi), of Weathersfield, VT; Gary (and Debra Whitcomb) of El Paso, TX; and Kathleen (and Laurence Bassett) of Fairlee, VT; 4 grandchildren: Scott (and Becky) Greene, Stacie (and Carl) Marshall, Tim (and Sarah) Greene, and Megan (and Patrick) Applegate; 9 great-grandchildren: Jonas, Chicory, Ruth, Owen, Finnegan, Dominic, Riley, Andrew, and MacKenna; several grandchildren-in-law, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a son, Keith, in 1990, and a son-in-law, Francis Greene, in 2000.

There will be a visiting hour at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, VT, at 10 AM on Saturday, November 10, 2018, followed by an 11 AM service. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Meals on Wheels program at Senior Solutions, 38 Pleasant Street, Springfield VT, or the Springfield Senior Center, 139 Main Street, Springfield, VT.