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Edward Haddad Jr.

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BENNINGTON -- Edward A. Haddad Jr., 84, a resident of Northside Drive, Bennington, died peacefully Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at his residence.

Born in Springfield, Mass., July 31, 1922, he was the son of the late Edward A. and Sarah (Broheen) Haddad Sr. He received his education in the Pittsfield, Mass., and Bennington schools and was a graduate of Bennington High School Class of 1941. A World War II Army Air Corp. veteran, Ed served as a Staff Sergeant in the European Theater from 1942 to 1946.

He married the former Dorothea A. McCormack at St. Bridget’s Church in West Rutland on Oct. 4, 1947.

Ed owned and operated a general contracting business for many years. He also served as construction superintendent for many area projects including Putnam Memorial Hospital, Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, Mt. Anthony Union High School, St. Joseph’s College, Bennington College, Bennington Catholic High School, Paradise Restaurant, Bennington Town Sewer Treatment Plant and many others.

An active charter member of the Bennington Rural Volunteer Fire Department since April 13, 1953, he served as chief from 1972 to 1978. He was a life member of the New England Association of Fire Chiefs and he served as Vermont Director to the National Volunteer Fire Council for six years. He was chief coordinator of Bennington County Mutual Aid System for 18 years and was also a past president of the Vermont State Firefighters’ Association in 1983-1984, served as the A.S.F.A. training chairman from 1974-1978 and most recently served on the Judge’s Committee for the V.S.F.A. In celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the Bennington Rural Fire Department, the Willow Road Fire Station was renamed in 2003 as the Edward A. Haddad Jr. Fire and Rescue Facility.

Ed was also a longtime member of Bennington Elks Lodge 567 and was a member Knights of Columbus Council 307 and the Fourth Degree Assembly. An avid gardener, he especially enjoyed time spent at his camp on Hedges Lake teaching his grandchildren how to fish and water ski. Ed’s main focus had always been centered on his wife and family.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothea A. Haddad of Bennington; four daughters, Mary E. Harris of Milford, Conn., Dianne M. Probola and her husband James J. Probola of Bennington, Ann S. Thomayer of Bennington and Joan Ordille and her husband David R. Ordille of Trenton, N.J.; eight grandchildren who affectionately called him “Jidu,” Ronald L. Harris Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Temecula, Calif., Timothy E. Harris of Waterbury, Conn., James A. Probola and his wife Joanna of San Diego, Calif.; Jason R. Thomayer and his wife Heather of Bennington, Jeffrey A. Thomayer of Bennington, David A. Ordille and his fiancé Kristin Wade, Sarah E. Ordille and Racheal K. Ordille, all of Trenton, N.J.; six great-grandchildren, Chelsea E. Harris, Hunter W. Treviranus, Haylee C. Treviranus, Christian R. Harris, Katherine G. Probola and Lillian D. Probola; a sister, Elsine Sadak of East Longmeadow, Mass., and a brother, Fred L. Haddad, of San Diego, Calif.; several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and cousins. Ed was predeceased by a son, Edward A. Haddad III; and a brother, Joseph Haddad.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Monday, July 23, 2007, at 10:15 a.m. with a prayer and from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church at 11 a.m. where the Mass of Resurrection will be offered.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Sunday from 2:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. when the family will be in attendance.

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

If friends desire, contributions in memory of Mr. Haddad may be made to either the VFFA Cadet Academy or to the Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church Bell Tower Fund through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

All members of the following groups are asked to meet at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Sunday afternoon to conduct services in memory of Ed Haddad: K of C Council 307 at 2 p.m. and Bennington Rural Fire Department members at 3 p.m.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 20, 2007
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