Fall 2017 | 31 On August 29th at the age of 74, Wardsboro Pathfinders Snowmobile Club President Jesse Parsons passed away at Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend, Vt. Jesse was a man of few words. He was a man of action. In the mid-1970’s Jesse, his wife Bette and a handful of friends would ride their snowmobiles around the woods of Wardsboro/ Stratton before there even was a trail system. A few years later, he got together with a handful of local residents including Monte Perkins, Norm Bills and Tim Bills to plan and carve out what is known today as the 710 Trail. Jesse was instrumental in getting the 710 built, an important link to two major corridors and recognized by VAST. Bette recalled, “Jesse was an avid snowmobiler. He would ride anywhere at any time.” He was also very active in the club since its inception in the late 1970s. Jesse was club president multiple times and a groomer up until a few years ago. “If there was something that needed to be done, Jesse would be the first to volunteer. That’s just the kind of man he was,” added Club Vice President Melanie Tregoning. Jesse made a huge impact on snowmobiling in Southern Vermont. He left a quiet legacy of service and dedication as a volunteer, not only for the Pathfinders, but also to the Wardsboro Fire Department and local motorcycle clubs. Jesse Parsons was a truly remarkable man. He will be missed. If there are snowmobile trails in heaven, then you can be sure Jesse is riding them. Ride in peace, our friend. Remembering JESSE PARSONS By Melanie Tregoning In Memory Melanie Tregoning and Jesse Parsons sold club merchandise at the 2016 Independence Day parade in Wardsboro.