In the past, he was director/president of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, board member of Middlebury Junior Golf Association, past president and co-founder of MHSMUHS Alumni Association, review board member of Addison County Court Diversion and board member of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont where he was on the development committee of the VT-NH All-Star Hockey Classic Game Committee and Development Committee. He received the Middlebury College 2007 Citizens' Medal for outstanding community contributions, the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports - Herb Painter Award, Addison County Chamber of Commerce President's Award, Rotary Community Service Award, Make-AWish Foundation Appreciation Award, as well as many others. After experiencing the devastating loss of loved ones in auto accidents, in 1996 Buster began his endless campaign to keep our youth safe on the highways. Through his work at Co-op and Stevens Advanced Drivers Training, he established a program providing newly licensed drivers with hands-on driving experience demonstrating the importance of safe and responsible driving. Buster's true passion could be observed at the Howard E. Brush Arena. He was an avid MAHA supporter and dedicated assistant coach for the MUHS Varsity Ice Hockey team for 13 years, nine of those years were with his nephew and friend, head coach Matt Brush. Nothing gave him more enjoyment than playing hockey with friends, facing off on the ice against a niece or nephew, or running his “trail“ in Ripton. He was such a kid at heart to the very end. He was “Uncle Buster“ to anyone under the age of 30, a mentor to hundreds, a friend to thousands, and was always ready with open arms and a strong shoulder for those who needed it. The family will hold a private burial. A memorial service will be held in Mead Chapel at Middlebury College on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at 1 p.m., with a brief reception following at the American Legion in Middlebury. For more details, please log on to caringbridge.org, website name “busterbrush.“
Contributions in honor of Buster may be made to:
Memorial Sports Center (Howard E. Brush Arena)
P.O. Box 835
Middlebury, VT 05753
100 Dorset Street #14
South Burlington, VT 05403
Donations for Make-A-Wish Foundation can be made online at http://www.wish.org/help/donate .
A donation from the National site will be allocated to Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Vermont.
Safety Council of Vermont
Volunteer Ambulance Association
Arrangements have been entrusted to Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home in Middlebury. www.sandersonfuneralservice.com.