MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Middlebury notes the death of Carl D. Torsnes, retiree and member of the 25 Year club, who died Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.
Torsnes started his career at Middlebury in December of 1978, as an employee of the Snow Bowl, and continued working at the Snow Bowl and the Ralph Myhre Golf Course until his retirement in May of 2003. At the time of his retirement Torsnes was both a golf course mechanic and a Snow Bowl lodge caretaker. Jim Dayton, director of golf operations, remembers Torsnes as a “very intelligent but also frugal old-timer…who could, and wanted to, fix anything rather than replace a piece of equipment.” Peter Mackey, Snow Bowl manager, also remembered Torsnes as having a “sharp mechanical mind” which enabled him to “fix just about anything.” Peter also shared that Torsnes would be “remembered by customers and fellow employees for his many quirky announcements pertaining to various aspects of gear, trays, tables etc.” at the Snow Bowl.
Torsnes was born July 8, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Karl and Nellie (Shannon) Torsnes. He attended Huntington, New York, schools and then served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Constellation during the Vietnam War. After his honorable discharge from the service, he moved to Hancock, Vermont, in 1970. He married Sharleen Warner on June 16, 1973 in Brandon and worked for Simmonds Precision in Vergennes for a short while, before coming to work at Middlebury. Torsnes is survived by his wife, Sharleen Torsnes of Hancock; two daughters, Annette Rivas of Fairfax, Va., and Heather Cortes of Greenville, S.C.; a son, Andrew Torsnes of Randolph; two sisters, Louella Larmon of Rochester and Carol Brouard of Seminole, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
Graveside memorial services will be held at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, at a date and time to be announced later. There are no calling hours.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Day Funeral Home in Randolph.