MAJ. DENNIS B. BEDARD (RET.) - SOUTH BURLINGTON - Maj. Dennis B. Bedard (Ret.), 70, passed away on Dec. 4, 2012, in his sleep at home in South Burlington. He was born Dec. 29, 1941, to Avila and Alice (Roy) Bedard in Waterbury, Conn. After graduating from Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, Conn., in 1959, Dennis joined the U.S. Air Force, changing service four years later to join the U.S. Army. Dennis served two tours in the Vietnam War as a helicopter pilot, receiving the Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and numerous other honors during his time in the military. He retired from the Army as a Major while stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. Dennis earned a bachelor of science degree from Cameron University, and an MBA from the University of Hartford. After retiring from the military, he worked for many years at Sikorsky Aircraft, General Electric, and General Dynamics. Dennis loved to travel and was an avid Formula 1 race car driver, motorcyclist, downhill skier, and fisherman over the years. Some of his favorite days were spent skiing at Jay Peak and fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park with his two daughters. He is survived by his two daughters, Taylor (Bedard) Wright and Hunter Bedard; son-in-law, Andrew Wright; brothers, Paul and David Bedard; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. He was predeceased by his parents; and older sister, Jacqueline (Bedard) Morton. Dennis will be laid to rest, with full military honors, in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Dec. 13, 2012