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Craig W. Hoover

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BENNINGTON -- Craig W. Hoover, 46, a resident of Settlers Road, died at his home on Wednesday, July 12, 2006, surrounded by his family and friends following a long illness.

He was born in Arlington, England, on Oct. 16, 1959, and was the son of Clarence Hoover and the late Nancy (Caparella) Hoover.

He was raised in Pittsfield, Mass., where he received his education. He is a graduate of Taconic High School, and he had attended McCann Technical School.

Craig had served with the military police in the Air Force.

He had previously worked for Johnson Ford in Pittsfield in the parts department and more recently at Orange Motors in Albany, N.Y.

On March 5, 2005, he married the former JoAnn DeForge in Bennington; Mrs. Hoover survives.

He was a member of the Star Motorcycle Touring and Riding Club chapter No. 196. Craig was an avid NASCAR fan and a huge Bill Elliot fan. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast. Craig in earlier years had been a racecar driver and motorcycle racer.

Survivors besides his wife of Bennington, include his father of Delta Junction, Alaska; his two daughters, Alexander Hoover and Samantha Hoover, both of Great Barrington, Mass. Craig leaves his sister, Lynda Burke and her husband, Dennis, of Pittsfield; one stepbrother, Clifford Hoover; and one nephew, Craig’s godson, George Norton of Pittsfield.

Funeral services for Craig W. Hoover will be held on Monday morning, July 17, 2006, at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Morneault, chaplain of the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, officiating.

Interment will follow in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday evening, July 16, from 6 to 9 p.m.

For those who desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Compassionate Care Inc., Gordon Heald ALS Fund or the ALS Center of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, section of Neurology, in care of Dr. Elijah Stommel through the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 15, 2006
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