Obituaries

John Van TasselJohn K. “Smokey” Van Tassel, 73, of Lake Monticello, Va., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on Nov. 2, 1944, in Franklin, N.J., a son of the late Miles T. Van Tassel, Sr., and Lona Marie (Taylor) Van Tassel.

He was employed by the Fluvanna County Public Schools as a groundskeeper/custodian at the new Fluvanna County High School.

Survivors include the love of his life, his wife of 53 years, Brigitte Van Tassel; two daughters, Tina Ditta and husband, Vincent, and their children, Katrina and Marcus Ditta; and Lisa Cain and her husband, Bruce, and their children, Clayton Cain, USAF and his wife, Kelcie, Bryan Cain, USAF, and Matthew and Travis Cain; a brother, James Van Tassel; a sister, Bertha Canfield; a niece, Amanda Grefski and her daughter, Evie; and a number of other extended family members and friends.

A funeral service was conducted by the Rev. Dr. Ann Willms at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home.

The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday evening, Jan. 17, 2017, at the funeral home.

Family and friends may share memories and photos at www.thackerbrothers.com. 

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Danny GrayDaniel “Danny” Dennis Gray Jr., 49, of Palmyra, passed away at the University of Virginia hospital on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. Danny is survived by his wife of 18 years, Aubrelyn; children Danny; Krystal and her husband Chris; Derik and his wife Emma; Aubreanna; granddaughter Freya; sister Gina and her husband Troy; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and good friends.  Danny was an avid fisherman and hunter. He took great pride in his dogs and spent many days in the woods with his son. In lieu of flowers, please consider the needs of the family during this unexpected tragedy.

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Bill HughesBill Hughes, former trustee of Nassau County, N.Y., U.S. Marine corporal, chef and Fluvanna activist, died on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at the age of 70.

William “Bill” McKenna Hughes was born on Dec. 12, 1945, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to William Alexander and Naomi (Jeter) Hughes. His family members described him as a man who acquired the patience and tenacity to win over even the most hardened hearts. Equipped with his mother’s knack for hospitality, Hughes opened his arms to everyone without distinction of status. He exemplified generosity to others – especially those who typically go underserved. Add a comment

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Anthony (Tony) Patrick Conway, 84, of Charlottesville, passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at Hospice House of the Piedmont. Born in Passaic, New Jersey, to Patrick and Anita (Reynolds) Conway, he lived in New Jersey for many years before moving to Virginia in 1988.

Tony married Anne (Molloy) in 1962 in Clifton, New Jersey. They were happily married for 54 years. He is survived by his wife, Anne; his daughters, Maryanne Conway, Patty Heath, Kathy Zeek, Sue Conway and Jenn Walters; five grandchildren, Katie Heath, Megan Heath, Brian Heath, Bertram Zeek and Rylie Walters; and one great-grandchild, Steven Chaparro.

A memorial service will be held at Sojourners United Church of Christ, 1017 Elliott Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia, at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, P.O. Box 937, Verona, VA 24482.

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Hunter Erik Campbell, 21, beloved son, brother, grandson, cousin and friend to many, suddenly departed our world on Dec. 2, 2016. Born on Aug. 23, 1995, at Bedford Memorial Hospital in Bedford, Virginia, Hunter was a resident of Lake Monticello, Virginia.

He leaves behind his loving family, including parents Chris and Laura Campbell; sister Harper (along with Tyler Durrer); grandparents Tom and Erika Stuart (aka Nana and Poppie) and Murrell and Alice Campbell; devoted aunt and uncle Will and Andrea Phillips (also known as TT and Uncle Willy); Aunt Ginger Cochran; cousins Riley and Ella Phillips (preceded by Tanner and Jesse Phillips), Mercedes and Chase Collins, and Johnathan Cochran; his extended family, Aunt Maricel, Aunt Lila, Cristina, Maria, Sito, FeFe and Gabe; his devoted best friend, Melanie Feldman; and his pets Sunny, KiKi, Cooper, Noah and Gracie.

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