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Lancaster, John

John Lancaster U.S. Army WWII
John Lancaster U.S. Army WWII

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Date of Birth: 8/9/1927
Died On: unknown
Street Address: 39 Highland Road
Service Number: 12236679
Branch of Service: U.S. Army-WWII

Veteran Code: USARMY-357

John Singer Lancaster

John Singer Lancaster was born in Quebec City, Canada on August 9, 1927, to Elizabeth Singer, age 22, and Herbert Derieux Lancaster, age 24. John held Canadian and U.S. citizenship.

In 1936 his family returned to Rye, New York and he continued his early schooling at Rye Country Day School. In Rye his family lived at 132 Grandview Ave and were members of Christ's Church. He entered Saint Paul’s School in Concord New Hampshire graduating in the spring of 1944.

After a year at Yale College, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Post War Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1947 with the rank of Staff Sargent. John returned to school and graduated from Yale with the Class of 1951.

In the Spring of 1952 John married Virginia Manny in the home of the brides parents. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Ernest D. Vanderburgh of St. John's Protestant Episcopal Church, Larchmont, N. Y.

The couple would settle in Woodstock, Vt., to raise their family of three sons and a daughter.

After a year on the Craven Farm on Lakota Road in Woodstock. John and Virginia purchased an old farmhouse from Dick Green on Lime Pond Road, in Barnard.

During 1960’s and 70’s, after the last of four children was born, John and Virginia ran the children’s clothing store, Lancaster & Sons, at 14 South Street in Woodstock.

Later they established the alternative Turkey Hollow School in their home on Lime Pond Road. Continuing to honor his public duty, John served on the Barnard Planning Commission, took a stint as Town Moderator, and served as a Barnard Lister for more than 15 years.

John Lancaster of Barnard Vt. died January 14, 2022. He was of 94.

At the time of his death he was predeceased by his youngest son and his wife.

He was survived by his sister, two sons and a daughter. Also by multiple grandchildren and great grandchildren.


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5 of 5 Correction and additions February 12, 2023
Reviewer: James Justin Lancaster from [email protected]  
Thank you for this page dedicated to my father.  John Singer Lancaster served in Germany during the occupation.  He may have reached Corporal, as an ambulance driver in Heidelberg?   He later was a driver for a General in Washington, DC.  He applied for a position at the State Department, but was rejected owing to his mother having communist sympathies.  From 1953 until 2022 he and Virginia were residents of Barnard, Vermont.  John S. Lancaster died at age 94, in Lebanon, NH (DHMC) on January 14, 2022 (memorial June 2022).  His wife, Virginia, predeceased him, passing in Woodstock VT in October, 2020 (memorial Sep 2021).  John and Virginia had three sons and one daughter.  His youngest son, John Herbert, born 1960, predeceased him in 2007.

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5 of 5 Date of Death January 15, 2022
Reviewer: S. Mariah Lancaster from [email protected]  
My grandfather, John Singer Lancaster, passed this afternoon, just after 3:30pm on 1/14/22 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, NH. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia (nee Manny) Lancaster, and his youngest son John Herbert Lancaster. He is survived by his children, Richard Lancaster, Justin Lancaster, and Gina Lancaster, as well as his grandchildren, Forrest Lancaster, Heather Lancaster, Mariah Lancaster, Olga Brevnova, Alessa Lancaster, Emma Salguero, Hugo Salguero, Sonia Salguero, and Roy Lancaster.

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