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Bryan Jay Powers

October 28, 1951 May 17, 2015
Bryan Jay Powers
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ST. ALBANS - With his loving family close by his side, St. Albans native Bryan Jay Powers, 63, lost his arduous battle with cancer on May 17, 2015. Born Oct. 28, 1951, Bryan is survived by his wife of 41 years, Dale (Martell) Powers, whom he married while he was still an active member of the U.S Navy. He also leaves behind his daughter, Kelly and her husband, Keith Wakefield, of Fairfax, and his son, Nathan and his special friend, Kali Bilodeau, of St. Albans. When Bryan married Dale on Sept. 21, 1974, he became a part of the Martell clan, a large and bustling family that welcomed Bryan with open arms. To the Martells, he was more than an in-law. Through five decades he was a fixture at family functions, famous for reminding the myriad of siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews and associated friends to “take all you want, eat all you take” as they descended on an often chaotic buffet line. At the end of his life, his youngest sister-in-law, Sophia Greenia, provided gentle, respectful care for which Bryan was genuinely appreciative. His parents both passed before him, his mother Florence Cline Powers in 2013 and his father James in 1979. His brother Avery predeceased him in 1983. His brother Mark and his wife, Lucy, of St. Albans survive him. Bryan began work as a teenager, assisting his father at Powers Pharmacy in St. Albans. He spent the bulk of his career (1978-2002) as a characterization development technician at IBM in Essex Junction, and worked as a government contractor with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in St. Albans until 2012. He was honored to serve in the U.S. Navy from 1970-1976, enlisting while still in high school. A Vietnam War veteran, he was aboard the ammunition ship USS Nitro while it was based in Subic Bay in the Philippines. He was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the USS Nitro Association, American Legion Post Green Mountain Post #1 and VFW Post #758. A 1971 graduate of BFA-St. Albans, Bryan had a special fondness for the Rail City and its history. He served as board member for the St. Albans Historical Society since 1990 and oversaw the collections of the St. Albans Historical Museum as it became a vibrant showcase of the Franklin County community. He was an avid collector of any and all St. Albans memorabilia. He also served as a sexton at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and volunteered at Martha’s Kitchen. As Bryan struggled with his illness, he relied heavily on the advice and direction of Dr. Dennis Sanders and the staff at the St. Albans office of the Vermont Center for Cancer Medicine and Blood Disorders. His family will forever be thankful of the care he received. Calling hours will be Thursday, May 21st, from 4-7 PM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans. His funeral service will be held Friday, May 22nd, at 2 PM at the First Baptist Church, 29 Congress Street, St. Albans. Interment with military honors will follow at the Georgia Plain Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bryan’s name to the St. Albans Historical Society & Museum, P.O. Box 722., St. Albans, VT 05478 or Martha’s Kitchen, P.O. Box 1561, St. Albans, VT 05478. Messages of condolence to Bryan’s family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

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Visitation

Thursday

21

May

4:00 PM 5/21/2015 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/21/2015 7:00:00 PM
Heald Funeral Home

87 S. Main Street
Saint Albans, VT 05478

Heald Funeral Home
87 S. Main Street Saint Albans 05478 VT
United States

A Funeral Service

Friday

22

May

2:00 PM 5/22/2015 2:00:00 PM
First Baptist Church of St. Albans,

29 Congress Street
Saint Albans, VT 05478

First Baptist Church of St. Albans,
29 Congress Street Saint Albans 05478 VT
United States

Prayers of Committal & Interment with Military Honors

Friday

22

May

Georgia Plain Cemetery

Stonebridge Road
Georgia, VT

Georgia Plain Cemetery
Stonebridge Road Georgia VT
United States
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