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Edward C. Thibodeau

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BENNINGTON -- Funeral services for Edward C. Thibodeau were held from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial was offered by the Rev. James Doherty, pastor and the Rev. Michael A. Demasi, retired pastor.

Organist was Louise Gauthier and soloist was Mildred Pierce. Hymns offered during the funeral service were “This Is My Song,” “Here I Am Lord,” “Amazing Grace” and “On Eagles Wings.” The song “Daddys Hands” was played following the eulogy.

Serving as the acolyte was Yvon Matte.

The pall that covered Mr. Thibodeau’s casket during the funeral mass was placed by his four daughters, Alberta Harrington, Cathy Aiken, Dawn Mack and Susan Crossman. A wooden cross was than placed on the casket by Terry Thibodeau, Mr. Thibodeau’s son. The scriptural readings were offered by two granddaughters, Melissa Spiezio and Dawn King and the petitions were lead by Cori Thibodeau, a granddaughter. The offertory gifts were presented by Caitlin Mack, Landre Crossman, Shelby Harrington, and Didi Gingue. Words of remembrance were given by Michael Harrington, a grandson.

Pallbearers were grandchildren Michael Harrington, Ross Harrington, Cody Crossman, Shawn Thibodeau, Ashely Crossman and Allison Mack Livingston.

A prayer service, followed by the song “Wind beneath My Wings” took place at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home prior to the funeral mass.

Monday afternoon the wake service was offered at funeral home by Father Demasi and Father Doherty. Also conducting services on Monday evening were members of the Bennington Fire Department who were led in the service by Rabbi Howard Cohen, chaplain.

Members of the Bennington Fire Department formed an honor guard in Mr. Thibodeau’s memory during both the funeral service and the visitation at the funeral home. Enroute to the cemetery the funeral precession paused at the Bennington fire station where the fire alarm was sounded in his honor.

Burial took place at Park Lawn Cemetery with both Father Demasi and Father Doherty offering the committal prayers. Military honors were accorded the World War II veteran by Kenneth and William Lorette of American Legion Post 13 in Bennington who folded the American flag and presented it to Mr. Thibodeau’s son, Terry.

Taps were sounded by Maurice Rancourt.

Following the service a reception for family and friends was held at Mr. Thibodeau’s home.

Mr. Thibodeau, husband of the late Lucy A. (Marshall) Thibodeau, died Friday, Nov, 3, 2006, in Shaftsbury.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 10, 2006
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