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Duane R. Mason

1940 - 2009 SUNDERLAND, VT Duane R. Mason, 69, a resident of Penny Lane, died unexpectedly Dec. 19, 2009, at his home.

Born in Sunderland on Dec. 10, 1940, he was the son of the late Elbridge O. and Mary Ryan Mason. He attended schools in Sunderland and Arlington, and he later attended Auto Technician School in Boston. Following his schooling, he worked as a mechanic throughout his life- beginning at the former Volkswagen garage in Bennington and Bennington Ford. He retired from Cahill's Auto Recycling in Hoosick, N.Y.

Duane enjoyed hunting and fishing and the company of his dog and several cats, many of which he rescued. He was fascinated with his trip to Alaska with family members. He will be remembered for his dry sense of humor and having a heart of gold.

Duane leaves his companion of many years, Mary Kohler of Woodford; sons, Duane, James and John Mason, all of Bennington, and Francis Mason of Petersburgh, N.Y.; brothers, William and wife, Margaret Mason, of Bennington, James and wife, Kathy Mason, of Maryland and Hyland Capin of Pownal; sisters, Sonja Mason and Kathy Metcalfe, both of Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; four grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by sisters, Lois Mason, Josephine LaFountain and Ella Prue.

MEMORIAL NOTICE: A time to remember Duane will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the Beech Street Firehouse on Gore Road, beginning at 3 p.m. All are invited to attend.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME.

To send personal e-mail condolences to the family please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 31, 2009
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