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HERBERT ALLEN HOLLENBECK - LABELLE, Fla./ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. - Herbert Allen Hollenbeck, 82, died peacefully on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Gulf Coast Hospital in Ft. Myers, Fla. Herbert was born on July 14, 1931, in Boston, Mass., the son of Frederick and Marion (Lucas) Hollenbeck. He graduated in 1950 from Stoneham High School and enlisted in the US Navy, serving during the Korean Conflict from 1950-1954, as a firefighter and electrical technician. He also served in the VT Air National Guard as Chief of Medical Section HHB. He continued his education at the Lowell Academy, where he received his associate's degree in Quality Control Engineering and bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He began working at IBM in 1965, retiring in 1993. Herb held his certification as an EMT and was trained by the American Red Cross as a training instructor. In Vermont, he was Captain of the Milton Rescue Squad and the VP of Vermont Ambulance District #3, Constable for the town of Milton, and Boy Scout troop leader. He caught a passion for locksmithing at IBM and continued that in his "retirement" in Florida, starting his own locksmithing business. Herb was a devout member of the Masonic Order, originally the Thomas Talbot Lodge in Billerica, Mass., and was a Grand Master of Lodge #379 in Labelle, Fla. Herb is survived by his wife, Bonnie Lee (Bailey) Hollenbeck of Labelle, Fla.; his children, Glen Hollenbeck of Milton; Karen Hollenbeck and partner, Kathleen Sutkowski, of Grafton, Mass.; Robert Hollenbeck and wife, Mary, of Colchester, and their daughter, Jessica; Carol Hollenbeck and partner, Carolynn O'Donnell, of Colchester; Tracey Potter LaBarre and husband, Joseph, of Pembroke, N.H.; and his former wife, Barbara Cox-Niquette and husband, Paul, of Georgia Shore, Vt. A memorial service will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family. A special thank you to Steve Minor for helping us through this difficult time. Online condolences may be made to

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Feb. 9, 2014
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