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Clifford Henry Groat 1926-2011 BENNINGTON Clifford Henry Groat, 84, of 174 Garbrook Drive, Bennington, Vermont, died Wednesday, February 2, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. He had previously resided in Cheshire and in Pittsfield. Born in Green Island, New York, on April 28, 1926, he was the son of Willis H. and Madeline Nardin Groat, and was educated in Pittsfield schools. A World War II veteran, he enlisted with the United States Navy on April 7, 1944, served as a Seaman First Class, and was honorably discharged on February 11, 1946. Mr. Groat was a self-employed painter for over 50 years retiring in 1989. From 1973 to 1983, he also worked as a driver and maintenance man at Bennington College. He was a member of American Legion Post 160 in Adams. He was a Boston Red Sox fan who also enjoyed fishing. Mr. Groat is survived by six sons, Michael John Groat, of Tallahassee, Fla., Jack Edward Groat of Bennington, Mark Groat of Pittsfield, Michael Groat of Pittsfield, Walter Groat of Pittfsield, and Gary Adams of Great Barrington; a daughter, Lynn Groat of Dalton; a brother, Jack Groat of Peru, and a sister, Joan Gates of Pittsfield; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Clifford J. Groat, who died June 1, 1987. FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours for Clifford Henry Groat will be held Saturday, February 5, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the DERY-CHESHIRE FUNERAL HOME. A graveside Service will be held at Cheshire Cemetery in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, contributions In memory of Mr. Groat may be made to the Southern Vermont Veteran's Home in care of the Funeral Home, P.O. Box 445, Cheshire.

Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 4, 2011
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