VANCE E. FOSS
Vance E. Foss of Danbury died September 29, 2012 at Yale-New Haven Hospital after a sudden illness.
He was born in Charleston, Maine on May 29, 1928 to the late Stanley and Marjorie Foss. He graduated from Higgins Preparatory Institute where he was named to the Maine Prep School All State basketball team. He went on to play basketball for the University of Maine. After graduating with a degree in agronomy he joined the Army in 1953. While serving in Germany he was awarded the Good Conduct medal and National Defense Service Medal. On October 5, 1956 he married Rose Marie Barata in Danbury. He began his professional career working in management for Eastern States in Bethel, CT, and continued on as human resource manager at Bard Parker in Danbury as well as Perkin Elmer. He headed up the Junior Achievement Program for years and was active in the Danbury Chamber of Commerce serving as chairman of the Personnel Council. He was a member of St James Church. He loved his native state of Maine and spent time there with family on Sebec Lake during the summer and hunting season. Vance was an avid Boston Red Sox and Celtics fan as well as Green Bay Packers fan. He shared his passion for sports with his children and grandchildren. Before becoming ill he spent a wonderful day with his sons and daughter watching his grandson play football for Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.
Vance is survived by his wife Rose Marie, his children Vance and Jennifer Foss of New Fairfield, Scott and Irene Foss of Milford, Karen Mannion of Danbury, Brad and Joanne Eno of Evergreen, CO, as well as his siblings Francis Foss and Shirley Higgins of Maine. He will also be greatly missed by his grandchildren Ryan Mannion, Connor Mannion, Michael Foss, Meghen Foss and Graham Eno. He was predeceased by his brothers Eugene Foss, H Clinton Foss and son-in-law Robert Mannion.
The family celebrated his life in a private service and burial at St Peters Cemetery. Contributions in Vance's name can be made to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Hull Funeral Service, Danbury handled arrangements. There are no calling hours.