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Albert "Bob" Willard, Jr.

1924 - 2014 NORTH BENNINGTON Albert "Bob" Willard, Jr. died at home on July 19, 2014. Bob was born in Boston, Mass., on Feb. 11, 1924, to Albert and Adelaide Hemstreet Willard. When Bob was 3 years old, his family moved to North Bennington where is father worked at Putman Furniture as financial controller. Upon graduating from North Bennington High School, he went to Lincoln, Neb., to learn how to fly. He had a true passion for flying and, at 19 years of age, obtained a commercial pilot's license and received his instructor's rating. Bob taught Army Air Corp Cadets how to fly and then served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. After the war, Bob and his brother-in-law, John Alonzo, co-founded the Bennington Drive-in Theater and the Bennington Lanes. Along with their wives, Rose and Mary, he worked there many years. Bob always said that the best thing that ever happened to him was the day he married Rose. They had 63 wonderful years together. Rose passed away March 16, 2011. Their love for each other never waned, but only grew stronger as the years passed by. They were blessed with three sons, Bobby and his wife, Joanna in Connecticut, Mark in Colorado and Steve and his wife, Kathleen also in Colorado. Bob has six grandchildren, Kristen Carico, Brad Willard, Matt Willard, Amy Willard, Katie Willard and John Willard and was recently presented with a great-grandson, Emit Carico. Bob loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his camp on Sucker Pond. Both he and Rose were passionate about their gardens. Rose was known for her flower gardens and Bob loved his vegetable garden. Bob and Rose were from the Big Band era and they loved to dance. In earlier years, they had many good times at square dances in the area. Bob often mentioned how blessed and grateful he was to have such good neighbors and friends who helped him in so many ways in his later years. FUNERAL NOTICE: At Bob's request, there will be no calling hours. There will be a committal service at Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington on Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. where Bob and his beloved Rose will be buried together. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Bennington.



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Published in Bennington Banner on July 26, 2014
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