Topsham, VT - John Joseph Foster died January 16th after a short illness. He was with his family during his illness and at his death. John was born in Marion IN, February 24, 1933. He was predeceased by his parents John Morrill Foster and Eleanora Lutz Foster. He is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years Sue Miller Foster; a brother and sister-in-law Robert Lutz Foster and Faye Gorman Foster, Austin NV and Sea Island GA; four children, John Miller Foster and his wife, Virgina Hansen Foster; Jane Foster, Hopkinton, MA; David Robert Foster, Providence RI, Christopher James Foster, Parsonfield, ME and three grandchildren, David Edward Mahoney and wife Mikaela Bitner Mahoney, Richmond TX; Abigail Marie Foster and Jeffrey Hansen Foster, Hopkinton MA.
John attended schools in Marion and Wabash College, Crawfordsville IN. He worked for Foster-Forbes Glass Company at the glass factory in Marion, as Plant Manager of their glass factory in Burlington, WI, and as Regional Sales Manager in their office, Newton Lower Falls MA. After retiring from the family business, founded in 1846 in Stoddard NH by John's great-great grandfather Joseph Foster, John and Sue moved to East Topsham, where they raised Scotch Highland Cattle for almost twenty years at Twinflower Farm.
John served in the Army during the Korean conflict and was in the Military Police while stationed on Okinawa.
John was a member of St. Martina Episcopal Church, Failee VT. He served on the Boards of Brookhaven School for Boys in Chelsea VT and Northeast Highland Cattle Association; he was a longtime meber of the Duxbury Cruising club. A celebraion of his life was held Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at St. Martina Episcopal Church, Lake Morey East Road, Fairlee, VT. There will be another celebration of John's life at the farm this summer. Details for this gaterhing will follow later in the year. The Hale Funeral Home and Cremation Care of Bradford, VT are in charge of arrangements. To view an online guestbook go to www.halefuneralhomes.com.