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Cyril Ethan "Cy" Bluto 1915-2012 NORTH BENNINGTON Cyril Ethan "Cy" Bluto, 97, a longtime resident of Pleasant Street, died at his home surrounded by his family on June 6, 2012. Born in Grand Isle, Vt., June 1, 1915, he was the son of the late Julius W. and May (Blow) Bluto. He received his education in Grand Isle and was a graduate of Edmunds High School Class of 1934 in Burlington. Mr. Bluto was a World War II Navy Veteran. Cy married the former Eileen E. Brooks on November 2, 1935 in Burlington. Mrs. Bluto died on Oct. 21, 2008. They shared more than 74 years together. Cy and Eileen moved in 1941 to East Cleveland, Ohio where he worked at Old Meadow Dairy as a route salesman. In 1948 they returned to Grand Isle where Cy owned and operated both the Islands Dairy and a golf driving range. In 1953 they moved to North Bennington where he managed the former Jersey Farms Inc., a dairy business which he later purchased. Cy was instrumental in developing the gallon milk jug in Vermont and opened one of the first farm stores. Following a fire at the dairy he went to work at Sears Roebuck Company and later at Montgomery Ward in Bennington. Cy later was employed by Central Vermont Public Service Corporation and bought out their appliance business in 1973. He ran the business as Southern Vermont Appliance until he sold it in 1980 and retired. Cy was a member of the Norshaft Lions Club since joining in 1954. He was a Past President and also held many state wide offices in Lionism including District Governor for the state of Vermont, having held the office in 1968-1969. He ran for International Director in 1971. In 2009, Cy was presented with a 55 year membership chevron by Lions International and was also recognized for 55 years of Perfect Attendance at Lions meetings. He leaves many Lion friends throughout the state. He was a member of the American Legion Post 13 in Bennington and a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed golf, gardening and woodworking. He was well known for the many birdhouses and cork trivets he made. He also made many miniature replicas of covered bridges, especially those in Southern Vermont. He would always "walk" the bridge before he started making one. It needed to be made right and to scale. He generously donated his bridges to area organizations and his family. Survivors include his son, David W. Bluto and his wife, Barbara Jean, of Indian Harbor Beach, Fla., his daughter, Nancy Jarrett and her husband, Michael, of Williston, Vt., his daughter, Susan Moore, of North Bennington; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Bluto, of Bennington; 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard Bluto of Burlington, Vt. and Dr. Eugene Bluto of Camillus, N.Y.; two sisters, Shirley Herbert of Burlington and Florida and Katherine Schumpf of Burlington; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by a son, Thomas C. Bluto; a grandson, Terry Bluto; a son-in-law, James J. Moore Jr.; and by two brothers and a sister, Justin, Firmin and Marion Bluto. Cy will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and the North Bennington community. Friends may call at the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME in Bennington, Vt. on Friday, June 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. The funeral will be held at St. John the Baptist Church in North Bennington on Saturday, June 9, at 10 a.m. where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered. Cy and Eileen will be buried together in the family lot in Grand Isle Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Norshaft Lions Club for the Norshaft Lions Memorial Park or Bennington Project Independence through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

Published in Bennington Banner on June 7, 2012
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