Sunday, May 27, 2007

Lake Champlain Islands Icon Passes

Friday May 25th Francis Montani of South Hero passed away. Long remembered for his farmstand in Keeler Bay,which he started in 1939 after arriving in Vermont from Italy. Confined to a wheelchair in his latter years it didn't stop him from his passion for gardening and zest for life.

In his younger days Francis could be found in the fields, whether weeding by day or hoeing at night. More recently Francis could be found on his front porch selling vegetables, and talking with customers. Mr. Montani departs this world just shy of a hundred years.

2 comments:

Trevor said...

He was my great granfather. I think of really just realized how much I miss him. I never got to see him when I was older but I still have memories when i was like 6 years old.
I'm Trevor Montani son of Kenneth Montani

LYNDSAY said...

ITS CRAZY WHEN SOMEBODY YOU KINDA KNOWS LEAVES THIS EARTH AND YOUR STANDING AT THE FUNERAL WITH EVERY FAMILY MEMBER YOU KNOW AND DONT KNOW AND WATCHIN TEARS ROLL DOWN FACES OF PEOPLE YOU NEVER SEEN B4 BUT THEY MAKE AND IMPACT ON YOU JUST WATCHIN THEM. HE WAS MY GREAT GRANDFATHER TOO AND I DIDNT KNOW MUCH ABOUT HIM BUT I REMEMBER WHEN MY DAD WOULD TAKE ME UP TO THE FRUIT STAND TO SEE HIM WE NEVER REALLY TALKED MUCH BUT I STILL MADE AND IMPACT ON ME THAT YOU NEVER NOW WHAT YOU HAVE TILL ITS GONE OR HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT IT WOULD MAKE ON AND ENTIRE FAMILY...SO I MISS YOU AND RIP....I'M LYNDSAY MONTANI DAUGHTER OF KENNETH MONTANI AND SISTER OF TREVOR MONTANI