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Alan G. Mattison Sr.

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Alan Mattison, Sr.

1932 - 2010 ARLINGTON, VT Alan G. Mattison, Sr., 78, of Arlington died peacefully Saturday, March 6, 2010, in the Center for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington, with his large and loving family by his side.

He was born Feb. 27, 1932, in Arlington, son of Ernest Sr. and Isabella Grant Mattison. He was educated in the Arlington school system. Mr. Mattison was self-employed for 52 years as the owner and operator of Alan G. Mattison & Sons Burial Vaults, with his wife, Sonja.

He had many other jobs throughout his life, including his job as constable in Arlington for many years, a longtime member of the Bennington Sheriff's Department, Chief of Police in North Bennington, manager of the Arlington Water Company and a founding member of the Arlington Rescue Squad. Last but not least, was his job "running the reels" at the Manchester Playhouse where he met Sonja, the love of his life.

Alan leaves his wife of 56 years, Sonja Anderson Mattison, and six children and their spouses; Barry; Joyce Guillemette (Michael); Bruce (Leora); Kevin (Brenda L.); Alan, Jr. (Brenda I.), and Karran Parker. He leaves 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He also leaves his brother and family, Fraser Mattison of Niantic, Conn., and two sisters-in-law, Virginia Mattison of Arlington and Lolly Merritt (Mattison) of Redwood City, Calif.

He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Grant Mattison and Ernest Jr. (June) Mattison.

FUNERAL NOTICE: At his request, there will be no visiting hours or funeral service. Arrangements are under the direction of the family and DURFEE FUNERAL HOME in Fair Haven, VT.

A graveside service for family and friends will be held at the West Arlington Cemetery (VT ) on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arlington Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 295, Arlington, VT 05250.

Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 8, 2010
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