Enoch Harold Tompkins, 94, a longtime resident of Shelburne, died April 22 at The Arbors in Shelburne following a long illness. He was born June 13, 1917 in Mars Hill, Maine, the son of the late Almon H. and Nellie (Craig) Tompkins. He spent most of his youth in Blaine, Maine, graduating from the Aroostook Central Institute High School in 1936. In late 1940 he moved to Derby, Connecticut, where he was employed in area factories. He married Marie Sylvester, daughter of Louis and Theresa (DeLalla) Sylvester of Shelton on April 23, 1943. During WW2, Enoch served in the U.S. Army, ending his service in Japan with the 1346th Engineers Combat Battalion. Following the war, he attended the University of Connecticut, earning his Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics in 1954. He was employed at the University of Vermont from then until 1976 as Assistant, then Associate Agricultural Economist. He later worked for and retired from the Vermont Job Service. An avid beekeeper for much of his life, he was a past president of the Eastern Apicultural Society and a secretary and president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association. He co-authored a book on beekeeping for Garden Way Publishing.
Enoch also served as a Boy Scout leader in Burlington and 4-H leader in Shelburne, where he was involved with the town’s cemetery commission and historical society. In retirement, he was an early member of Shelburne First Response and kept busy as an adoption and search consultant and member of the Adoption Alliance of Vermont. A true gentleman, his pleasant demeanor will be missed. Enoch is survived by son Thomas and wife Sara, daughter Terri Price and granddaughter Savannah Price, all of Shelburne and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Marie Tompkins, in 2008.
Per his wishes, there will be no visiting hours or funeral. Burial will be in the Shelburne Village Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shelburne Rescue, PO Box 254, Shelburne, VT 05482. Arrangements are in the care of the Cremation Society of Chittenden County, a division of the Ready Family, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington. To send online condolences, please visit www.cremationsocietycc.com.