On November 1, 2023

Remembering Jeffrey Cushing, 73

 

It’s with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the death of a great guy, Jeffrey Cushing. Jeff Cushing was 73, a resident of Killington Vermont, who peacefully passed away on Oct. 22 surrounded by loved ones. He fought a courageous three year battle with cancer.

Jeffrey Cushing was born on March 6,1950, to Betty and Homer Cushing of Saugus, Massachusetts. He worked for GE in Lynn, Massachusetts until 1973, when he moved to Killington to pursue the skiing lifestyle. In 1978, he met Pat, his soon to be spouse. Living in town, they raised two children, Patrick and Dana.

Words can not encompass the many ways Jeff Cushing has touched the lives of those around him. The memories and connections he made with people are vast. Cushing was involved in many aspects of the Killington Community. It feels as if there was not a business on the Killington Access Road in which he did not bartend. He cultivated long time friendships that started with his days working at Bilbos and the Kings Four and he loved being the sidekick to that infamous piano player at the Mountain Inn. His personality and humor are memorable as exemplified, for those who remember, by his antics at the Killington Trike Races. 

During the 1990s, Jeff was part owner of the Clear River Inn and Tavern as well as the Outer Limits Snowmobile Touring company in Pittsfield. He also worked as a builder with Rick Moore Construction and in various positions with Killington Snow Corp. He served as an active member of the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers. In this role and others, he never hesitated to help those around him. He served as a local volunteer firefighter. He assisted others, by putting in windows, shoveling snow or doing yard work for neighbors. He helped because he saw there was a need, and he was happy to be the one to extend a hand. He volunteered his time instead of waiting for someone to ask. 

As his children grew, Cushing participated in all aspects of their lives. He was a volunteer coach in Little League Baseball, a Junior Program ski instructor dad, and a VINs instructor. With a zeal for life, he filled the lives of those around him with laughter, love and joy. Jeff Cushing loved life and will be greatly missed by all.  In his memory please keep his joy of life and laughter going.

Jeff Cushing is predeceased by his parents, Betty and Homer. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and his two children and their spouses, Dana Leigh Cushing Olverson and David Olverson and Patrick M. Cushing and Jennifer Cushing, four grandchildren, his brother Joel Cushing and spouse Nancy Cushing, sister Mary Melody Scimone, brother Dana R. Cushing and spouse Eleanor Cushing.  Please consider a donation to The American Cancer Society in memory of Jeff Cushing.

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