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Anthony Holberton-Wood

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Anthony Holberton-Wood MANCHESTER Anthony Holberton-Wood was born in Devonshire England on February 22, 1922. Tony, as he was known by all, received his education at The Bedford School in Bedfordshire, England. Immediately following graduation, World War II resulted in Tony being drafted into the elite Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corp. In 1945, the young Lieutenant A. Holberton-Wood was by the King's Order awarded the prestigious Military Cross for distinguished service and bravery. Following the war, Tony worked for the British Council in Jaffa, Jerusalem and Istanbul where his linguistic expertise was an invaluable asset to the public diplomacy of the region. Tony traveled to America in the early 1950s where he worked in the Corporate Offices of Cheeseborough Ponds in New York, N.Y. It was in New York City in 1953 that Tony met his lifelong companion and renowned artist, Cleade Enders. Tony joined Tiffany & Co, of New York, N.Y., in 1956 where he headed their international sales department. During his association with Tiffany's, Tony executed the design of the china and flatware for King Hassan II and later served as the liaison between the Johnson Administration and Tiffany's for the creation of the White House Native Wildflower china pattern. Lady Bird Johnson and Tony remained good friends and corresponded until her death in 2007. Following his successful career with Tiffany's, Tony returned to London in the early 1960s to work for Comyn Silversmiths. It was in London that Cleade began his lifelong passion of restoring and refurbishing houses. Tony moved permanently to Dorset, Vt. in 1974 where Cleade's paintings of summer gardens and barns became his successful trademark and Tony wooed the community with his sparkling blue eyes, his irrepressible charm and his joie de vivre. Tony became the Executive Director of the Southern Vermont Arts Center from 1984 to 1989, where his special touch resulted in a renewed cultural vibrancy and an all time high in art sales. Tony's love of travel found him more times than not, in Paris, Rome, Holland, Spain, India and later Russia. Tony and Cleade retired to Vero Beach, Fla., in 1990 where they remained until Cleade's death in 2001. Tony later returned to his much loved Vermont, and spent his final years keeping everyone on their toes at Equinox Terrace in Manchester, Vt. Tony believed in friendship, love, laughter and champagne- but not necessarily in that order. He was quite simply, an unforgettable man. Tony is survived by his adored cousin, Deborah Williams, of London, England. His beloved friends, Melissa and Jim Klick of Sunderland, Vt., Hanneke Beukenkamp of Holland, Gillian and Austin Chinn and Cynthia and Peter Van Vllanderen of Dorset, Vt. A celebration of Tony's remarkable life will be held later in the Spring. To send the family email condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Brewster Funeral Service 34 Park Place Manchester Center, Vermont.

Published in Bennington Banner from Mar. 9 to Mar. 10, 2012
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