Hilaire Hennessy, 61, naturally artistic carver, loving friend, husband, father and Pop-pop

Hilaire Peter Hennessy died unexpectedly on July 5, 2019 in Chester at the age of 61.

Mr. Hennessy was the grandson of Dorothy Day and Forster Batterham and the son of Tamar and David Hennessy. He was the eighth of nine children, preceded in death by Nicky and Susie, celebrated and mourned by Becky, Eric, Mary, Maggie, Martha and Kate.

He was the loving friend and husband to Erin, with whom he raised four remarkable children: Ivan, Riley, Tessa and Neomi, in Perkinsville.

Mr. Hennessy was born on Aug. 17, 1957, in Staten Island, N.Y. He attended East Hill School in Andover,  where he met Erin Schuerger. The high school sweethearts married in 1978.

Mr. Hennessy worked locally on family farms as well as traveling throughout New England and the southeast as a sheep shearer. He was best known for his natural artistry in carving wood, bone and antler; and for his kindness, generosity and lifelong friendships. He was a loving father and cherished Pop-pop to five grandchildren: Blake, Penelope, Sawyer, Ada Jane and Dominic, who will remember him for his spontaneous outdoor adventures, wild bedtime stories and barbeque sauce.

Join us in celebrating Mr. Hennessy’s life at the Weathersfield Center Church, 2579 Weathersfield Center Road in Perkinsville, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, led by the Rev. Buffy Boke. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Hilaire Hennessy Fund “Celebrating and supporting art enrichment in local schools” c/o 501 Main St., Chester, VT 05143.

The family would like to thank Chester Police Department, Chester Ambulance, Springfield Fire and Rescue, and Springfield Hospital Emergency Department for their efforts and support.

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  1. Laurie Danforth says:


    I was saddened and shocked to hear of your husband’s sudden death. My heart goes out to you as you navigate the changes in your life that his absence will bring. May your memories of a long life together bring you light in the dark.


  2. I will miss you my Friend. We have become close in the last 6 years. Knowing one another for about 20 years. I will miss you stopping over to the house, going to the VA with you and having breakfast together. You were my brother and I am so thankful that we expressed how much we appreciated each other. You took my boys hunting and told them that you were going to kick there butts.

    There is a hole in my heart, that was your place. We will see each other again.

    I hope you’re carving some really cool stuff up there.
    your friend

  3. Rachel deAragon says:

    My heart goes out to all the Hennessey family. Although I did not know Hilaire, and can only recall him as a handsome cheerful boy, I am sure that all that boyish sweetness became an extraordinary loving man. I know his absence will be felt acutely.

  4. Sonia Kaposhilin says:

    Hilaire was the first male I ever felt comfortable with. Resting his eleven year old curly head in my lap as Tamar cruised the roads will forever be one of my best memories. Sending my love to all of you as you so often did for me.

  5. Martha Hennessy says:

    Good bye my dear little brother Hilaire, my first sidekick.
    Miss you terribly already. May you have fun with St. Peter
    at the gates!

  6. Sandy Martin says:

    Our most sincere condolences,Erin. We are leaving for Virginia in the morning and will do our best to contact your friends there. We love ya!

  7. I did not know your loved one, but I am here to let you know that you and your family are in my prayers.
    Sadness and the loss of your husband, the father and grandfather of your children and their children, will be greatly missed. But he is forever with all of you in your hearts, minds and souls. 😎🤗💗

  8. Lisa Phinney says:

    Hilaire was a friend from long ago when we were in school together. Our family is so sorry to hear of his passing and we send love and condolences to the entire family.

  9. We both send out love and condolences to the family. Erin, he was one of a kind, he will be greatly missed by so many. He was loved by so many.

  10. Ingrid and I are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Hilaire. Our sincere condolences.

  11. Judy Rampp says:

    Erin, you know when I say that I know how you feel I truly mean it. The pain and loneliness will get better with time. For now, my God bless you and yours. Judy

  12. Kelly Stettner says:

    Our sincere condolences to his wonderful family.

  13. Ed Matulionis says:

    Our sincere condolences to Erin and family for their sad loss.

  14. Darlene Simonds says:

    So very sorry to hear of Hilaire’s passing.
    My sincere condolences to the whole Hennessey family.
    RIP Hilaire.

  15. mark goodenough says:

    Hilaire had an immediate kindness and generosity with everyone I saw him with. He became a friend that I would always look forward to visiting with for both his knowledge and humor. He was a devoted craftsman who exuded love through his work and life. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his lovely family.

  16. Justine Wharton says:

    I will forever remember Mr. Hennessy’s amazing hair, love for animals and art, and that wonderful laugh. Riley, Mary, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Godspeed sir.

  17. Sarah says:

    Sending love to everyone