John Marsh, 94, was former Washington first selectman
John A. Marsh, 94, died May 18 with his family at his side.
He was the last of four children born to Robert Wilbur Marsh and Florence Beach Candee, of Easton. His father, Robert, expanded the family's Marsh Dairy Farm business from Bridgeport to Easton, where John grew up. He graduated from the University of Maine School of Forestry.
In 1951, he and his wife, Phyllis Morris Marsh, moved to Washington, where they established the local Marsh Dairy Farm. He bottled and delivered his milk in glass bottles to the doorsteps of homes and businesses and was affectionately known as the "milk man."
He eventually sold his dairy herd and became a Sealtest dairy delivery agent, while he and his wife established the area's equestrian establishment, Marsh Horse Farm. At this time, he became the first forester of the Steep Rock Association, to which he remained devoted.
Later married to librarian Lois Adams Marsh, he served the town as first selectman for 10 years. He regarded the establishment of the waste management program, still in existence today, as one of his best accomplishments.
In retirement, he married Pat Kuhn, and they divided their time between homes in Washington and St. Petersburg, Fla., where they enjoyed jazz and their friends.
He is survived by his children, Candee Marsh Hull, and her husband, Ken; Debbee Marsh Tomczyk, and her husband, Frank; Thomas Robert Marsh, and his wife, Jessica; Victoria Marsh Cherniske, and her companion, Michael Branson; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, as well as the Adams and Kuhn families.
Memorial services will be arranged by the family.
Memorials may be made to the Diebold Family Cancer Center of New Milford Hospital, 21 Elm St., New Milford CT 06776.