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NORTH BENNINGTON -- Mr. Augustine Brownell, 80, a resident of White Creek Road, died Friday evening, April 7, 2006, at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, following a brief illness.

He was born in Greenwich, N.Y., Sept. 21, 1925. He was the son of the late Earl “Tink” Brownell and the former Hattie Henrietta “Rose” (Denaro). He received his education in Vly Summit, N.Y. A World War II veteran, Mr. Brownell served in the United States Air Force.

He married the former Ruth Marie Cook Dec. 11, 1942, in Shaftsbury. Mr. and Mrs. Brownell had recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. Mrs. Brownell died March 13, 2006.

In earlier years, Augustine was employed as a carpenter for Jerry LaCroix and had also worked at the Port of Albany. For more than 50 years, Mr. Brownell along with his wife, Ruth, owned and operated Brownell’s Junk Yard in North Bennington.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 13 in Bennington and the Owlkill Rod and Gun Club in Eagle Bridge, N.Y. He loved to play baseball and softball and in earlier years had sponsored his own softball team called the “Wreckers.” For three consecutive years, he was the Southern Vermont Go Kart driving champion. Over the years, he had built several stock cars, which his wife, Ruth, drove. She was the only one to win a race in one of his cars. Augustine also enjoyed hunting, but his greatest joy was his family.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Augustine and Jane Brownell Jr. of North Hoosick, N.Y., and William and Loretta Brownell, also of North Hoosick; four daughters and one son-in-law, Gloria Harrington of Cambridge, N.Y., Virginia Harrington of Cambridge, Diane and Ray Harrington Sr. of Eagle Bridge and Phyllis Taylor of North Bennington; also survived by Rose Telford of White Creek and Joe David of North Bennington, whom he helped raise; 22 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Francis and William Brownell; three sisters, Phyllis, Rose and Carmel; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two brothers, Walter and Edward, and three sisters.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, Wednesday April 12, 2006, at 12 p.m., with the Rev. Penny Rich-Smith, pastor of the North Bennington Congregational Church, officiating.

The burial will take place in the family lot in Rosewood Cemetery White Creek.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Augustine Brownell may be made to the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 10, 2006
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