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Arnold Abramson Sr.

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MANCHESTER -- Arnold “Arnie” Burroughs Abramson Sr., 85, of Manchester, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, at the Equinox Terrace in Manchester. He was born in Manchester on Oct. 21, 1921, the son of Edward and Grace (Burroughs) Abramson.

He attended schools in Manchester, graduating from the Burr and Burton Seminary in 1939. He was married to the former Martha Nichols. Martha passed away on October 26, 1992.

Arnie began his career working for his uncle Carl Abramson, a painting contractor, where he was a wallpaper hanger for two years. He then opened a woodworking shop in the Depot where he built cabinets and lawn furniture and also repaired furniture including tables and benches for Big Bromley Ski area. He later bought the Old Depot Schoolhouse and moved his woodworking shop there. He did subcontracting work for Manchester Wood for years until they sold the business.

He built the Bluebird Diner and assisted his wife in its operation for 19 years, closing up in 1973. He then worked for Orvis for 15 years as a plant supervisor building fixtures for new stores and constantly making improvements to the existing buildings. He retired from Orvis on his 65th birthday and then assisted Ted Hopkins with shop work for another 10 to 12 years. He was a former member of the Manchester Fire Department and was a current member of the Adoniran Lodge 42 F&AM.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Joe Galante of Latham, N.Y.; three grandsons, James Galante, Chad Abramson and Randy Abramson; five great-grandchildren, James, Gabriella and Michael Galante and Nicole and Tristan Abramson. Besides his wife he was predeceased by a son, Arnold B. Abramson Jr.

Funeral services will be held Saturday Oct. 6, 2007, at 12 p.m. at the Brewster Funeral Home 34 Park Place Manchester. Burial will follow in Dellwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Manchester Fire Department in care Brewster Funeral Service PO Box 885 Manchester, VT 05255. For directions or to send personal e-mail condolences to the family please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 5, 2007
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