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Earl M. "Bill" Bowhall

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BENNINGTON -- Earl M. “Bill” Bowhall died, peacefully, and surrounded by family, Thursday, March 2, 2006, at the Vermont Veterans Home after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. He was 81 years old.

Born Sept. 2, 1924, in Antwerp, N.Y., to Winfield and Blanche (Bowman) Bowhall. He spent his childhood there along with his sister, Audrey, who predeceased him. As a youth, he worked to help his father’s blacksmith business and as a “soda jerk” in the local pharmacy/soda shop. Earl graduated from Antwerp High School in 1942 and entered the U.S. Army to serve proudly for his country in World War II. He was a member of the 78th Infantry Division and saw duty across Europe, in England, France and Germany. His skills as a communication specialist supported the troops in the campaigns at the Battle of the Bulge and in Remagen.

With the close of the war, he returned stateside and married the former Dorothy Washburn on Aug. 21, 1948. Mrs. Bowhall survives. They made their home in Philadelphia, N.Y., and raised three children. He learned the skills of a barber in haircutting school in Binghampton, N.Y., and worked at Walt’s Barber Shop in Watertown, N.Y. In later years, he opened Bill’s Barber Shop in Philadelphia on nights and weekends. Mr. Bowhall played bugle with the Original Yanks Drum and Bugle Corps, and served the community as a member of the fire department in Philadelphia and was a member of the American Legion Post 610 of Antwerp.

He was stricken with multiple sclerosis and they relocated to Reading, Pa., where they lived for 26 years. They recently relocated to Cambridge, N.Y., to be closer to family members. In recent months, he had joined residency at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Cambridge, N.Y.; his daughter, Marjory Denise Furforo of Cambridge; his son, Mark W. Bowhall of Cambridge; and son, David M. Bowhall of Philadelphia. Through them, he was the proud and happy grandfather to seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He will be forever missed for his jovial attitude, his love for his family and his compassion for everyone.

Services will take place at the convenience of the family in the spring.

Friends, who wish, may make contributions in his memory to the Residents Activities Fund at the Vermont Veterans Home, through the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 6, 2006
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