|Birth: ||May 22, 1927|
|Death: ||Apr. 27, 2013|
son of Stanley and Mary (Marshall) Guptil
WATERBURY - Walter S. Guptil, 85, of Wildwood, Fla., and formerly a longtime resident of Grandview Heights, Waterbury, passed away in the comfort of his family on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Born in Waterbury on May 22, 1927, he was the son of the late Stanley and Mary (Marshall) Guptil. Walter married the former Phyllis Dearden in North Andover, Mass., on September 9, 1950.
Walt was a 1945 graduate of Waterbury High School and continued his education at Becker College in Worcester, Mass., graduating in 1947 with his associate degree in accounting. His early career began with American Fidelity Insurance of Montpelier before joining the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War from 1951-53. Following his discharge from the service, Walt worked for the Hartford Insurance Co. in Barre as a safety engineer for several years. He later was employed at Mary Fletcher Hospital (now Fletcher Allen Health Care) in Burlington, serving first in personnel and then later as a safety engineer. During his tenure at the hospital, Walt singlehandedly founded the Medical Center of Vermont Credit Union on June 22, 1971. He served as a board member, president, vice president and treasurer. He was recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit and contributions to the organization upon his retirement on February 21, 1987. For the past 25 years, he had enjoyed winters in Florida and summers in Vermont.
An avid golfer throughout his life, Walt held memberships at Blush Hill Country Club in Waterbury and the Continental Country Club in Wildwood, Fla. His other memberships included Winooski Lodge #49 F&AM and the Wesley United Methodist Church, both in Waterbury.
In his leisure time, he also enjoyed cooking, bowling, shooting pool and doing crossword puzzles.
Walt is survived by his wife of over 62 years, Phyllis Guptil of Wildwood, Fla.; their children, Debra Utton and her husband, Curtis, of Waterbury Center, Richard Guptil and his wife, Deena, of Bella Vista, Ark., and Janet Andrews and her companion, David Clemons, of Middlesex; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; a sister, Jean Trask of Randolph; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family. Walt was predeceased by a sister, Carolee Lafayette.
His family lovingly remembers Walt for his dry, quick wit and independent ways. A quiet soul, with a very nurturing side, he took great pride in his family and was always first to tell them how much he loved them.
A service celebrating the life of Walter Guptil will be held from the Waterbury Congregational Church on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at 1 p.m. Inurnment will follow in Hope Cemetery, Waterbury.
Published in Times Argus on April 29, 2013
Stanley A. Guptil (1901 - 1957)
Mary E. Marshall Guptil (1907 - 1982)
Maintained by: Vermont Grave Walker
Originally Created by: Lynn J. Gauthier
Record added: Apr 30, 2013
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