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NORTH BENNINGTON -- Mr. Earl S. Hedding, 77, a resident of Water Street, North Bennington, died Friday, March 4, 2005, at the Vermont Veterans Home following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.

He was born at the family home in North Bennington July 14, 1927. He was the son of the late Maynard and Gertrude (Colvin) Hedding. He received his education in North Bennington and was a graduate of North Bennington High School.

Earl was a World War II veteran, having served in the United States Navy as a first class seaman. He married the former Joyce White on Oct. 25, 1947 in North Bennington.

In earlier years, Earl was employed as a bus driver. He had also worked in a diner in Arlington. For several years he worked for Dwyers Gas Service in North Bennington, Tansitor Electronics in Bennington and Stanley Tools in Shaftsbury, from which he retired. Following his retirement, he was employed by the North Bennington School as a crossing guard.

He was a former member of the American Legion Post 13 and a life member of the North Bennington Fire Department. In earlier years, he was a Scout master and Little League coach. He enjoyed photography, especially taking pictures of sunsets. He enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. He had a passion for the state of Vermont, which he traveled throughout. Earl was a sports enthusiast. While in high school he was a pitcher on the baseball team and also played basketball. He enjoyed NASCAR, going to Lebanon Valley Speedway, music, woodworking and especially working in his yard with his garden tractor.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Hedding of North Bennington; a daughter, Beverly Hedding of Bennington; a son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Carol Hedding of Pittsfield, Mass.; two sisters, Evelyn Steinis of Shelton, Conn. and Elaine Dalton of Shaftsbury; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and one aunt.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Charlene Hedding, and one sister, Edna Hedding.

There will be no callings hours at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home.

A graveside committal service will be held at the family lot in Grandview Cemetery at a time to be announced in the spring.

Contributions in memory of Earl may be made to either the North Bennington Fire Department, the Vermont Veterans Home activities fund, the Alzheimer’s Association or the Vermont Diabetes Association, through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from Mar. 7 to Mar. 9, 2005
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