David Briars - An Obituary From His Family


David Linn Briars, 52, died February 26th, 1999 at his home in Craftsbury, Vermont, in the company of loving family and friends. He was born October 10, 1946, in Syracuse, New York and raised in Cazenovia, New York. He graduated from Cazenovia High School, class of 1964, and received his B.S. in Sociology from Hobart/William Smith College, Geneva, New York, in 1969.

David earned his living as an expert piano tuner and restorer. He was known as a scholar and as a social, political and environmental activist who worked tirelessly on numerous projects and campaigns on local, state, national and international levels, including the The Vermont Citizens' Forest Roundtable, which successfully hindered wide-spread herbicide sprayings, The Farm Connection Newsletter, a newspaper which facilitates communicaton between local farmers, The Buffalo Mountain Hours Currency System, a local alternative currency system, the U.S. McLibel Support Campaign, and The Regional Cancer Therapy and Education Project.

He was also a volunteer for "Habitat For Humanity" publisher of The Free Thinkers Directory, and founder of the Lamron Institute. He was often invited to testify before the Vermont Legislature to give testimony in which the anti-corporate view would be concisely and accurately presented. He wrote a broad array of essays on related subjects, published on the Internet.

David enjoyed back-country skiing, rock climbing , and hiking.

David's parents were the late Roland and Stella Briars of Cazenovia, New York. He is survived by three sisters, Carolyn Sterritt of Cazenovia, New York, Elizabeth Briars of Mill Creek, Washington, Barbara Vittucci of Vienna, Austria, a brother, James Briars of Erie, Colorado, step mother Charlotte Briars of Syracuse, New York, and by many dear friends and the community that he loved, with special thanks to his friend and caregiver Diana Peduzzi of Woodbury, Vermont.

A gathering in David's memory will be held on Wednesday, March 3 at 7:00 PM in the Craftsbury Town Hall. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport , Vermont.

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