Gifford O. Rossier of Ascutney, Vermont passed away on June 1st
at the Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center at the age of 83.
Gifford graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1947. As a young man, he worked at the former Tap & Die in Lyndonville and as a foreman at Fairbanks Morse Scales in St. Johnsbury. Gifford’s real passion was a hobby he started at the age of 17. A gunsmith and collector of antique firearms, he operated Giff’s Gun Shop for 20+ years in McIndoe Falls. Relocating to Ascutney, Gifford continued his gun business right up until his failing health. The long duration of his career earned him high accolades, as he won all types of awards and was continually approached by dealers throughout the northeast and across the nation for insight and appraisals. He was a lifetime member for the NRA, an instructor, on-going member, and past-president of Vermont Field and Stream.
Gifford is survived by his loving wife, Lois (Rodak), a retired nurse from Hoosick Falls, New York. They married in 1987.
Gifford leaves behind his son, Glenn Gifford Rossier, and his wife,
Marianne of Greenfield, IN and his daughter, Gail Ann Rossier of St.
Johnsbury, VT. He is also survived by two granddaughters; Erin Marie (Rossier)
Jennings and her husband Ben, Lauren Ann (Rossier) Bodkin and her
husband Jeff, a great-grandson, Graham Gifford Bodkin, and a
“soon-to-be” great-granddaughter, Mia Carmen Bodkin, and his former
wife, Carmelita Ward Hutchinson, all of Greenfield, IN. Additionally, is
one brother and his wife, Samuel and Dorothy (Larocque) Rossier of
Sutton, a sister-in-law, Geneva (Osgood) Rossier of Greer, South
Carolina, loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and fellow “gun friends.”