MONTPELIER (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says his 88-year-old father has died.

In a statement issued by his office, Shumlin says his father, George Shumlin, died at his Westminster West home Thursday surrounded by his children and his wife.

"Yesterday afternoon, my dad George Shumlin passed away surrounded by all of his kids and our mother, Kitty, his wife of 62 years," the governor said in a prepared statement. "We will miss him terribly but are so glad he enjoyed almost 89 healthy years and that his decline was brief. We will be honoring his life and love for his family privately. My dad was a great friend as well as a great father, and every day I'll work to live up to his example."

The cause of death was not released.

George Shumlin and his wife settled in Vermont in 1955. George Shumlin worked as an actor, a stage manager and director in regional and summer theaters, on Broadway and in network television. Later in life, he taught at the Putney School and Arizona's Verde Valley School.

Shumlin and his wife founded Putney Student Travel.

He is survived by Kitty, his wife of 62 years, three children and five grandchildren.

Gov. Shumlin says a private celebration of his father's life will be held at a later date.


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