Walter S. Guptil – 85, of Wildwood FL and formerly a longtime resident of Grandview Heights, Waterbury, passed away in the comfort of his family on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Born in Waterbury on May 22, 1927, he was the son of the late Stanley and Mary (Marshall) Guptil. Walter married the former Phyllis Dearden in North Andover MA on September 9, 1950.
Walt was a 1945 graduate of Waterbury High School and continued his education at Becker College in Worcester MA, graduating in 1947 with his associate degree in accounting. His early career began with American Fidelity Insurance of Montpelier before joining the US Army, serving in the Korean War from 1951-53. Following his discharge from the service, Walt worked for the Hartford Insurance Co. in Barre as a safety engineer for several years. He later was employed at Mary Fletcher Hospital (now Fletcher Allen Health Care) in Burlington, serving first in personnel and then later as a safety engineer. During his tenure at the hospital, Walt singlehandedly founded the Medical Center of Vermont Credit Union on June 22, 1971. He served as a board member, President, Vice President and Treasurer. He was recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit and contributions to the organization upon his retirement on February 21, 1987. For the past 25 years he has enjoyed winters in Florida and summers in Vermont.
An avid golfer throughout his life, Walt held memberships at Blush Hill Country Club in Waterbury and the Continental Country Club in Wildwood FL. His other memberships included Winooski Lodge #49 F&AM and the Wesley United Methodist Church, both in Waterbury.
In his leisure time he also enjoyed cooking, bowling, shooting pool and doing crossword puzzles.
Walt is survived by his wife of over 62 years, Phyllis Guptil of Wildwood FL; their children, Debra Utton and her husband, Curtis of Waterbury Center, Richard Guptil and his wife, Deena of Bella Vista AR, and Janet Andrews and her companion, David Clemons of Middlesex; 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; a sister, Jean Trask of Randolph; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family. Walt was predeceased by a sister, Carolee Lafayette.
His family lovingly remembers Walt for his dry, quick wit and independent ways. A quiet soul, with a very nurturing side, he took great pride in his family and was always first to tell them how much he loved them.
A service celebrating the life of Walter Guptil will be held from the Waterbury Congregational Church on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 1 p.m. Inurnment will follow in Hope Cemetery, Waterbury. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Waterbury Ambulance Service, PO Box 95, Waterbury Center VT 05677, or to Revitalizing Waterbury, PO Box 473, Waterbury, VT 05676. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences please visit us at www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.