Obituaries

John Jones, 64, of Lee

Monday, Oct 30 - In 1985 he bought the business and created Lee Texaco. In 2006 when he changed the name to JFJ Sales and Service, which it remained until his retirement in 2013.

Frederick Simmons Sr., 86, of Lee

Tuesday, Oct 17 - Fred enjoyed hunting and fishing in the local area, vegetable gardening, woodworking, spending time with his large extended family and being a great dad.

Mark Hinman, 54, of Pittsfield

Monday, Oct 16 - Mark was employed as a paver operator for Tri-Town Paving for 28 years, with a crew that he loved like family.

Louis J. DiGrigoli, 69, of Lee, multi-faceted entrepreneur

Monday, Oct 16 - Besides all of his business ventures, Lou was responsible for starting up Tee Ball in Lee, directed the very first Lee Sale-a-bration Days event which is now Lee Founders Weekend, and sponsored the very first Lee High School house-building program.

Elise England, 86, of Lenox, pioneering entrepreneur

Friday, Oct 13 - Elise and Moe were early pioneers of today’s craft beer movement. They started Merchant du Vin East in 1981, a beer-importing company representing some of the most iconic breweries in the world.

Jane Carpenter, 90, of New Marlborough

Wednesday, Oct 11 - Jane and David moved to Great Barrington in the early 1960s and established Vesper Hill Nursery School, a residential facility for 90 children ages newborn to 5 at time of admission with a range of disabilities.