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.