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A Message from Nat Frothingham about Caroline Garside


by Nat Frothingham

This is both a personal and public message.

The public message is this. Caroline Garside, who was a wonderful and remarkable woman and had many Vermont friends, died on March 25, 2014 at the Jewish Nursing Home in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Some of Caroline’s friends are organizing an event to remember and honor her. This event will take place on Sunday afternoon, April 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Hayes Room of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. The idea for the gathering is taken from the Quaker meeting practice—to assemble in a circle—then to share memories of Caroline—then to break for conversation with something to eat and drink.

The personal message is this. Caroline and I were married for about 10 years. For me, Caroline redefined the idea of friendship and loyalty. She never willingly gave up a friendship and even after we divorced, we continued as friends—a gift from Caroline I will not forget.