NEAR Member Cho Lee Passes At 58

Cho Lee passed-away on Saturday, December 10. Cho was a good friend to all involved in the preservation of New England auto racing history, and was a walking-encyclopedia on racing in the Northern region. He was an active member of the New England Antique Racers (NEAR), and served on the Veterans Selection Committee. NEAR and its members send their sincerest condolences are offered to Cho’s family & many friends. Cho's Obituary follows.

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BARRE - Cho E. Lee, 58, of Clifton Street passed away unexpectedly en route to his passion, which was racing, a banquet on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in Topsham.

Born in Barre Feb. 15, 1955, he was the son of the late Cho Kong and Eva (Wheeler) Lee.

Cho attended Barre schools and was a graduate of Spaulding High School, class of 1972, and continued his education at Norwich, graduating in 1977 as a cadet. After his schooling, he was a teacher at Twinfield School in Marshfield. His last employment was at the Barre Food Bank in Websterville.

In 1981, he married Susan Carbonneau in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre.

They later divorced but remained close friends.

His memberships include New England Antique Racers and AARP.

Cho was an avid historian with "Thunder Road" and developed numerous black-and-white pictures of Thunder Road Racing. He also enjoyed football games and Norwich hockey games.

Survivors include two daughters, Sheena Dawn Lee and her companion, Amanda Morgan, of Barre, and Cassandra Grant, of Calais; his ex-wife, Susan Wilbur, of Barre; two grandchildren, Jaimen Lupien and Casey Holmes Jr., both of Barre. He is also survived by one brother, Wing Lee, of Seattle.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home in Barre. The Rev. Leopold J. Bilodeau, pastor of St. Monica Catholic Church of Barre, will officiate the service. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Burial will follow the service at Hope Cemetery in Barre.

In keeping car racing alive, contributions in Cho's memory may be made to Lloyd Hutchins, P.O. Box 752, Barre, VT 05641.

Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre.

Published in Times Argus from December 12 to December 13, 2011