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Byron S. "Barney" Hazelton

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MANCHESTER -- Byron S. “Barney” Hazelton, 68, a resident of Winter Street in Manchester, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

He was born in Dorset on Dec. 20, 1936, the son of Linwood and Hope (Belden) Hazelton, the youngest of four children and grew up in Dorset and Sunderland and then settled in Manchester.

Barney worked as a meat cutter by trade. He started with Grand Union Super Markets in the late 1950s where he received his training, then working for Price Chopper and at Eastman’s Meat Market for several years in Manchester. Barney and his wife, Hazel, purchased the Battenkill Locker in Manchester in 1968 and owned and operated the business until 1978.

Barney liked to tinker with anything. He was a jack-of-all-trades and enjoyed doing part-time carpentry work. Barney enjoyed hunting in his earlier years and was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons No. 63, Red Mountain Lodge in Arlington. He loved being with his family and friends and always had an open mind for trying something new. This was evident by his favorite saying: “Somethin’ new.”

Barney is survived by his son, Jeffry McWain of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; his daughter, Kitt Hazelton of Sandgate; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his wife Hazel, whom he married in Dorset on May 31, 1958. Hazel died in April 1993. He was also predeceased by two brothers, Arden and Leland Hazelton and his sister Patricia Bovey.

Funeral services for Barney will be held Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, at 1 p.m. at Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place, Manchester Center. Interment will be in the spring in the family lot in Factory Point Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in Barney’s memory may be made to the Manchester Rescue Squad or the Manchester Fire Department, c/o Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester Center, VT 05255.

For directions or to send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the care of Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place, Manchester Center.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 19, 2006
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