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Earl E. Burgess Sr.

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BENNINGTON -- Mr. Earl E. Burgess Sr., 103, a longtime resident of Burgess Road, Bennington, died Friday, June 4, 2004 at Washington Elms in Bennington.

Born in Bennington May 7, 1901 he was the son of the late George R. and Nellie (Grover) Burgess. He received his education in the Bennington schools.

Mr. Burgess married the former Helen L. Briggs in Bennington on May 20, 1922. Mrs. Burgess died Feb. 23, 1991.

For many years Mr. Burgess was employed at Burgess Brothers Inc. in Bennington.

An avid horseman, Mr. Burgess owned, trained and drove his own horses at various venues throughout the New England area for many years, including fairs, the Saratoga Harness Track and Hinsdale Raceway. He was an inductee to the Horseman’s Hall of Fame, a member of the United States Trotting Association and was also a lifetime member of Bennington Elks Lodge 567. He enjoyed playing cards.

Survivors include two daughters, Hazel Harrison of Bennington and Elizabeth Kearns of Walpole, N.H.; three sons, Chester Burgess of Bennington, George Burgess of Mt. Holley and Edward Burgess of Belmont; 27 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Mr. Burgess is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and cousins. In addition to his wife, Mr. Burgess was predeceased by a daughter, Barbara Reynolds, a son, Earl E. Burgess Jr. and by nine brothers and sisters, Harold Burgess, Guy Burgess, Clyde Burgess Sr., Frank Burgess, Jessie Mary Fenn, Ruth Shea, Irene Thurber, Gladys Burgess and Jennie Knapp.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Monday, June 7, 2004 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Norma Drosky, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Bennington, officiating.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Monday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Contributions in Earl E. Burgess’s memory may be made to the Bennington Rescue Squad through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 5, 2004
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