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Charles F. Comstock

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BENNINGTON -- Funeral services for Charles F. Comstock were held on Monday morning, June 25, 2007, at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington with the Rev. Robin Greene, chaplain of the Vermont Veterans Home, officiating.

A medley of spirituals was played by jazz musicians Maurice Rancourt on trumpet, Harwood “Woody” Strobeck on trombone and Bruce Faller on baritone horn. The medley ended with “Just A Closer Walk With Thee,” Charlie’s favorite hymn.

Pallbearers for the services were a grandson, Erik Moore, and Jake Shea, Thomas Meehan, Jack Moxley, John Hart, Eddie Ballance and Steve LaBombard.

Interment followed in the family lot in Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol with the Rev. Michael Kroll, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Bristol, officiating.

Full military honors were offered by members of the Vermont National Guard Mountain Division. CPT. Trudell presented the flag to Charlie’s two daughters, Cheryl Casey and Carolyn Moore. Other members of the unit included SFC Wells, SFC Bean, SSG BaDore, SSG Bowen, SSG DeFeo and SPC Maxfield.

Attending the calling hours on Sunday evening at the funeral home and conducting services were members of American Legion Posts No. 13 of Bennington and Post 90 of Pownal. Members of VFW Post No. 1332 also conducted services for Charlie.

In attendance were musicians who played with Charlie over the years. They played several jazz selections. The group included Francis “Bud” Willette on bass, Rich Skrika on piano, Stanley “Butch” Walkanowski on drums, Bruce Faller on baritone horn, Harwood Strobeck on trombone, Maurice Rancourt on cornet, Dave Lambert on clarinet and Norb Robak on banjo.

Charles F. “Charlie” Comstock, 82, a resident of the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, died on Thursday, July 21, 2007, after a long illness.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner from June 23 to June 27, 2007
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