Randi Albert Calderwood passed away on August 13, 2016, at his home in East Craftsbury. A memorial was held at Craftsbury Academy, with the Reverend Deborah McKinley of the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church presiding. Interment was at the East Craftsbury Cemetery.
Randi was born on March 29, 1958, in Nashua, N.H. to Fielda (née Tarbell) and Leon Dick. After Leon’s death, Fielda moved to Craftsbury and married Martin Calderwood, who adopted Randi and his twin brother, Ricki.
A graduate of Craftsbury Academy, class of 1976, Randi went on to earn a degree in dairy herd management from Vermont Technical College in 1978. He married Louise Cooper Holt and together with their sons, Douglas and Andrew, developed a dairy and maple syrup farm in East Craftsbury. Previously employed by the Craftsbury Community Care Center, Randi was most recently the crop manager for Andersonville Dairy.
Early in life, Randi developed leadership skills with the guidance of Bill Farrar through the Craftsbury Academy Chapter of the FFA. A beloved member of his community, Randi served as a Director of the Orleans County Maple Sugar Makers Association, member of the Craftsbury Selectboard, Elder of the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, President of the Craftsbury Community Care Center Board of Directors, and Assistant Chief of the Craftsbury Volunteer Fire Department. He also devoted time to coaching his sons’ middle-school basketball teams.
Randi was honored by the Orleans County Dairy Herd Improvement Association for high milk production, the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery for quality milk production, the Orleans County Conservation District, the Vermont Farm Bureau as the State Young Farmer of the Year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation for careful renovation of his dairy barn, and numerous awards for production of excellent quality maple syrup.
Randi is survived by his wife of 27 years, Louise; sons Douglas and Andrew; his mother Fielda; twin brother Ricki (Lynn); brother Donald Dick (Cindy); sister Earlo Pelletier; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews, whom he loved dearly. He was predeceased by his fathers, Leon Dick and Martin Calderwood, an infant brother David Dick, and sister Barbara Dick.
To honor Randi, the family suggests donations be made to Craftsbury Fire Department, c/o Craftsbury Town Clerk, PO Box 55, Craftsbury, VT 05826; the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, 1097 Ketchum Hill Rd., Craftsbury, VT 05826; or the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Rd., Craftsbury, VT 05826.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, at the Craftsbury Academy, Craftsbury Common. Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.
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