Edward Gamaliel Janeway, Jr.,
84, passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Valley Terrace.
Ed was born in 1932 in Glen Cove, Long Island, to Edward and Elinor (White) Janeway. Growing up in Oyster Bay, NY, he attended the Green Vale School, where he discovered his passion for writing and history. Following the family move to South Londonderry, VT in 1945, he attended nearby Vermont Academy before studying at and graduating from Middlebury College in 1955. He pursued a master’s degree in communications from Boston University, graduating in 1965.
Ed learned French on a summer immersion experience in France in 1953 with the Experiment in International Living. He also served abroad as an Army correspondent in Germany after college and then later served as a visitor guide at the Brussels World's Fair of 1958.
He met his French-born wife Claude Laumont at a wedding reception in Connecticut. Their courtship began on a Cambridge tennis court. They married in 1965. The family love for tennis was a constant throughout their life. Their daughters, Anne Marie and Margaret were born in 1968 and 1971 respectively.
Ed and his family were very active in athletic pursuits together: skiing, hiking, canoeing, biking and golfing. They enjoyed these activities in Vermont and especially in NY’s Adirondack High Peaks where Ed’s family was an integral part of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve and the beginnings of the Adirondack Trail Improvement Society. As a fourth generation member of the Ausable Club, Ed made many lifelong friends there. Ed and Claude were proud 46ers, having ascended all the Adirondack peaks over 4,000 feet.
Ed had a boundless interest in writing, language, and books. He was a dedicated career journalist covering local stories and politics in Massachusetts and Vermont. During the 70’s, when the Janeways lived in Rhode Island, Ed owned the Bristol Bookshop.
In 1982, Ed, Claude, and daughters Annie and Margaret moved to Norwich, VT, building a family home on a hill in the Jericho section. Ed enjoyed looking after the property, tending sheep and chickens, harvesting sap for maple syrup, and participating in Jericho Community Club gatherings.
As rooted as Ed and Claude were in the Upper Valley community, they often visited Claude’s family in Europe and sought out adventure, cultural exchange, and global perspectives by participating in active group travel overseas.
Ed was a railroad enthusiast his whole life, traveling by train for pleasure trips, even working as a stationmaster in White River Junction. He was a well-known substitute teacher in the Upper Valley school systems in the 1990’s and 2000’s. He continued his educational outreach with school children by serving as an Everybody Wins! Vermont reading buddy. At one time, Ed was the coordinator of the Norwich Farmer’s Market.
In 2012, encouraged by community theater, Ed auditioned for and was delighted by his stage role as part of the annual Ten-Minute Play Festival. He was a devoted listener of VPR and participated in the many cultural offerings of Vermont. As an active Upper Valley community member, Ed was a Norwich Lion, former president, section director, and longtime member of the Ottauquechee Section of the Green Mountain Club, and he served on numerous boards and commissions in Norwich and the Upper Valley. He was part of two breakfast groups of male friends who gathered at Crossroads Café in White River and also at the Norwich Inn. He regularly attended Osher lifelong learning classes at Dartmouth, enjoying the stimulating social science and literary topics of conversation with course leaders and participants.
In 2014, Ed joined the community of the Valley Terrace where he was a popular and active resident with local friends and endeared himself to the staff that so lovingly cared for him towards the end of his life.
Ed will be remembered for his spirit, kindness, charm, easy-going personality, civic involvement, and love of Vermont life. He was a bright and engaging fellow, much beloved by those who knew him.
Ed is survived by his daughters Anne Janeway and Margaret Conway, son-in-law Sean Conway, brother Harold of Concord, NH and brother-in-law Philippe Laumont of New York City, numerous cousins, and 18 nieces and nephews. Siblings Ted, Priscilla Sherwood, Elsie Apthorp, and Betsy predeceased him, as well as his wife of 44 years Claude, who died in 2009.
A memorial service has been scheduled for Saturday, April 1 at 1:00 p.m. at the Norwich Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Parish Players, P.O. Box 136, Thetford, VT 05074, www.parishplayers.org or Vermont Public Radio, 365 Troy Avenue, Colchester, VT 05446.
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