NORTH HERO - Clarence F. "Bish" Bishop Jr., 89, of Blockhouse Point Road and more recently a resident of the Birchwood Terrace Health Care Center in Burlington, died Friday morning, June 27, 2014, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
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Born February 12, 1925, in Barre City, he was the son of Clarence F. and Grace (Queen) Bishop Sr. He attended Barre elementary schools and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1943 while being a sportswriter for the former Barre Daily Times and the Spaulding High School Sentinel.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy service during World War II, he served from 1943 to 1946 and was discharged as a Pharmacist Mate 2nd class.
Following his military service, he received an associate degree in journalism from Vermont Junior College in Montpelier in 1948 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Vermont in Burlington in 1952.
"Bish" was first married to Pauline Agnes Wright in Rutland. They made their home in South Burlington and they divorced in 1980.
On May 25, 1990, he married Gloria L. Wiltse in West Barnet. They made their home on Harvey's Lake in West Barnet and wintered in Ruskin, Florida. Gloria died in March of 2009.
"Bish" and Pauline rekindled their love while both were residents at Birchwood Terrace, where she died April 28, 2014.
While a student at UVM, "Bish" worked as a sports reporter at the Burlington Free Press from 1948 to 1952 and was promoted to sports editor.
After leaving the Free Press for several years, he worked for newspapers in Plattsburgh, Glens Falls and Rochester, New York, and in Rutland. He returned to the Free Press in 1962, becoming outdoor editor, holding this position until retiring January 1, 1987.
He also had been assignment editor, state editor and a columnist during his Free Press career and had been named Sportswriter of the Year in Vermont by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Committee at their annual meeting in Salisbury, North Carolina, as well as receiving several New England and state awards for his writing prowess.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, gardening, horseshoes and his pontoon boat at Harvey Lake.
His memberships included the Kiwanis Club of Chittenden County, the New England Outdoor Writers Association, the Trout and Ducks Unlimited, the National Rifle Association and Barre American Legion Post #10.
Survivors include his daughter, Susan Bishop Lawrence, of North Hero; son-in-law Dr. Jeffery Rimmer, M.D.; six grandchildren, Emily, Peter Jr., Andrew and Sarah Lawrence and Evan and Elise Bishop-Rimmer; two nephews and a niece; as well as his beloved golden retriever, "Mae."
Besides his wives, he was predeceased by his daughter, Bonita Bishop-Rimmer, and his sister, Lorraine Bishop Raeder.
His funeral will be held Thursday, July 3, 2014, at 10 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday July 2, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Later interment will be made in the West Barnet Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478.
Hooker & Whitcomb Funeral Home
7 Academy Street Barre, VT 05641
Published in Times Argus on June 30, 2014