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Albert John Gemmell

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BRANDON -- Albert John Gemmell, 99, died early Sunday, April 25, 2004 at Haven Health Care in Rutland.

Mr. Gemmell was born in Martinville, Quebec on March 20, 1905. He was the son of John Albert and Jennie Douglas (Sanders) Gemmell. He received his early education in local Martinville schools. He came to the United States in 1927 and attended The Railway Educational Fireman’s School and graduated in 1928.

He had lived in Middletown Springs during the early 1930s, where he met and married Adelaide Julia McLaughlin on Feb. 14, 1932. Mrs. Gemmell died Dec. 28, 1991.

He moved to Southington, Conn., in 1944 and worked at A.C. Peterson Farms in Bloomfield, Conn. for several years. He later worked as a dairy farmer at the Dickerman farm in Southington. He retired from farming in 1974. He continued work as a security guard at Allied Control for several years and finally retired in 1979 from J.F.K. Junior High School in Southington. He and his wife retired to Brandon in 1979, moving there from Waterbury, Conn.

Surviving is his daughter, Shirley Badgley of Clarendon Springs, with whom he made his home; four sons, Louis Gemmell and Dale Gemmell, both of Southington, Kenneth Gemmell of Bennington and Morris Gemmell of Salt Lake City, Utah. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also predeceased by five brothers, Lawrence, James, Wallace, Thomas, Kenneth and Stewart Gemmell; and one sister, Muriel Lundenberg.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 10 a.m. at the Brandon Congregational Church. The Rev. Richard White, pastor, will officiate. The graveside committal service and burial will follow, in the family lot, at Forestdale Cemetery.

Following the funeral, the family will receive friends at the Brandon Congregational Church hall for a time of fellowship and reflection.

Friends may call at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse & Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland VT 05701 or to the Brandon Congregational Church, Memorial Fund, 74 Park St., Brandon VT 05733.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 26, 2004
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