Obituary

Robert Guilford Kitchel, student of history, reader, father

Robert Guilford Kitchel died at his home in Danville on June 29 at the age of 82. He was the son of Douglas Binney Kitchel, Sr. and Sybil Beck Kitchel. He is survived by his wife (Martha) Jane, son Nathaniel Royce, brother Frederick, sister Alice, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Douglas Binney Kitchel, Jr.  Guil, as he was known, was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont on July 30, 1939. He was named for his ancestor, Robert Kitchel, one of the original settlers of Guilford, Connecticut founded in 1639.

Guil was a graduate of Putney School, Bard College, and the Cooperstown Graduate Program Museum Studies. He was a student of history, an early member of the Civil War Hemlocks, an avid reader and gardener, and a collector over his lifetime of antique tractors, radios, model airplanes and automobiles. He served on the Board of the Pope Memorial Library for many years and was devoted to the Danville community. He valued tradition and helped cook the Easter Breakfast at his local church for over fifty years.


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He was the son of Douglas Binney Kitchel, Sr. and Sybil Beck Kitchel. He is survived by his wife (Martha) Jane, son Nathaniel Royce, brother Frederick, sister Alice, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Douglas Binney Kitchel,


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