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James E. Ferris

March 29, 1954 — December 24, 2022

Brattleboro, VT

Jim Ferris, 68, of Brattleboro, VT, passed away peacefully at Albany Medical Center on December 24th, 2022. Born March 29,1954 in Brattleboro, VT. Jim was the son of Ronald and Pauline( Emmon)Ferris. Jim Graduated from Brattleboro Union High School in 1972.Upon graduation, Jim worked as an assistant superintendent for Dunham Brothers Shoes, one of largest independent footwear wholesalers at the time. Jim later went on to Holyoke College where he pursued an associate degree in radiologic technology. He had a career as an x-ray technician at Greenfield Hospital before going on to work at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital where he retired in 2014. Jim built a life with his wife Vivian in Brattleboro, VT where they spent many weekends hosting family for BBQ’s, nature walks, and bonfires on their property. When Jim’s daughters, nieces, and nephews were younger, he used to tow them along for tractor rides and his trusted dog (Rusty) following close behind. Jim always had dogs and cats and was the token animal whisperer to any pet he encountered. Jim was fond of the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing and hunting at family camps and spending time at Spofford Lake, NH. Jim also loved spending time with his cousins and extended family at their lake house in Brownsville, ME where the days were filled with outdoor games and boating, and the evenings making big potluck dinners while listening to their favorite old school rock and roll tunes. 


As a lover of all things outdoors, you could often find Jim helping family and his dear friend Rz out with landscaping projects around their property. Jim had all the tools needed to build a shed, cut down wood, etc. and he was generous with offering his equipment and time to others. Jim enjoyed being around family and spent much of his time in recent years visiting with his brothers and sister who live close by. He enjoyed the mere company of his family and friends, reminiscing about the old times. You could also catch Jim tuning into his favorite baseball team, the Boston Red Sox. If he wasn’t watching the game on TV, the radio would always be on full blast with the game playing in the background. Jim was a proud Vermonter who embraced everything New England had to offer.


Jim is survived by his four daughters Colleen Ferris of Brattleboro VT, Tara Sokolich of Naples, FL, Jen Ritchie of Brattleboro, VT, and Danielle Ritchie of Hinsdale, NH. Jim is also survived by brothers Tim Ferris ( Lorraine), Steve Ferris, and Rick Ferris( Marcie), and sister Helayne Barrett ( Stephen)of Brattleboro, VT. Jim was also survived by his many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jim is predeceased by his parents Ronald L.

Ferris and Pauline Ferris, and his wife Vivian Ritchie.


A Celebratory Gathering will be held on Saturday, March 18th from 12-4pm at the Eagles Club, 54 Chickering Drive, Brattleboro VT 05301.

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