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Gerald A. "Jerry" Cornell

1926 - 2013 BENNINGTON Gerald A. "Jerry" Cornell, 86, a longtime resident, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, following a long illness.

Born in Bennington on Nov. 12, 1926, he was the son of Enos M. and Daisy (Rowland) Cornell. Jerry received his early education in the Woodford schools and was a 1944 graduate of Bennington High School.

A World War II veteran, he served in the Army. He was stationed in Hawaii for two years.

Jerry was employed for many years by Prudential Insurance Company in both the Bennington and Williamstown, Mass., area as an agent and, later, a sales manager until his retirement in 1975. Following this, he later worked in the advertising department at the Bennington Banner until 1989.

A very active member of the community for many years, Jerry was a former member and past chairman of the Board of Selectman and a charter member of the Bennington Rural Fire Department. He was a member of the Bennington Elks Lodge, Bennington Moose Club, the Hoosick Falls "Polish Club" and was a life member of VFW Post 1938 in Valley Falls, N.Y.

He was an avid ham radio operator for many years and his most recent pastime was working with computers.

Jerry married the former Marguerite "Peg" Godin at St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington on Jan. 21, 1950. She died March 7, 1999.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Donald Armstrong of Buskirk, N.Y., and Jeanne and John Middlebrook of Greenwich, N.Y.; his companion of many years, Dottie Frost of North Bennington; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Donald and Thomas "Pete" Cornell of Bennington and John Cornell of Shaftsbury, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at 1 p.m. from the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in Gerald Cornell's memory may be made to the Karen McGovern Fund through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

Guestbook condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.



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Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 5, 2013
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