WILLIAM E. BRONSON - ST. ALBANS - William Bronson, 75, died peacefully on Nov. 1, 2013, in Fletcher Allen Health Care, following a short illness. He was born in St. Albans on Oct. 7, 1938, the son of George Elliott and Anna Cleveland Bronson. Bill grew up in St. Albans and attended schools there, graduating from BFA in 1957. After high school, he worked with his father on the family farm. Following the death of his father in 1959, he continued to operate the dairy farm until his retirement in 1997. He received Milk Quality awards for the St. Albans Co-Op in 1967, 1968 and 1986. Up until the time of his death, he was employed in the shipping department at Leader Evaporator. He was involved in his community as a lister for several years, fire warden for 15 years, and was a charter and 25-year member of the St. Albans Town Fire Department and served six years as Fire Chief. He also was a member of the American Legion Post 91 in Colchester, and served with the Vermont Air National Guard for three years. Bill is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary (Masson) Bronson; two sons, William Jr., and David and wife, Beverly, and grandson, Michael. He also leaves behind a sister, Eleanor Messier of Williston; brother-in-law, Andrew Masson and wife, Agnes; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Bianca and husband, James, and Cynthia Ann Simpson and husband, Michael; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Heald Chapel, with the Reverend Hyung-Kyu Yi, Pastor of the Georgia United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in the Bronson family lot in Greenwood Cemetery. Please visit www.healdfuneralhome.com to leave a memory or a message for the Bronson family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478; or Franklin County Food Bank, c/o Franklin Community Action/CVOEO, 5 Lemnah Drive, St. Albans, VT 05478.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Nov. 4, 2013