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BENNINGTON -- Mr. Edward Leo Pinsonneault, 77, a well-known resident of Bennington, passed away peacefully, Tuesday Oct. 25, 2005, at the Centers For Living and Rehabilitation following a long illness.

Eddie was born in Bennington, June 15, 1928. He was the son of the late Edward H. and Alice M. (LaFlamme) Pinsonneault. He attended Bennington schools and was a 1946 graduate of Bennington High School.

While still in high school, Eddie went to work for “Jimmy” Rallis at the then Raleigh Restaurant on Main Street. While starting off as a short order cook, Eddie worked under some very good chefs imported from France and Italy. He learned from the best and decided to take his skills out on his own. He worked as a head chef at the Putnam Memorial Hospital where he was employed for several years. In 1956 Eddie decided to go into business with his brothers and they purchased the Vermont Restaurant on North Street in Bennington. After working there for three years he decided to venture out on his own and purchased what became The Vermont Steak House on Main Street. Eddie, his wife and children operated the restaurant until his retirement. The restaurant became a famous eating establishment throughout the area.

Eddie was a faithful friend of Bill W. for almost 40 years. His home and heart were always open. His main interests were his family and cooking. Eddie enjoyed bowling, including candlepin.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Pinsonneault, of Bennington; 12 children, Rick Pinsonneault, Valerie Dwyer, Sheila Gore, Mike Pinsonneault, Bob Pinsonneault, Greg Pinsonneault and Wendy Ballou all of Bennington, Kitty Lewis of Pownal, Ron Pinsonneault of Topsham, Maine, Joe Pinsonneault of Lyndonville, John Pinsonneault of Rochester, N.Y., and Jim Pinsonneault of Arlington; three brothers, Raymond Pinsonneault of North Bennington, Hector Pinsonneault of Port Orange, Fla., and Peter Pinsonneault of Mesa, Ariz.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A great joy in his life were his 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by an infant son, Lawrence J. Pinsonneault, who died Dec. 20, 1957, and an infant great-grandson, Cole E. Gordon, who died Sept. 12, 2003.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, with a prayer at 9:30 a.m. and then from Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church at 10 a.m. where the liturgy of Christian death and burial will be offered.

The burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

The wake service will be offered Friday evening.

Contributions in memory of Edward L. Pinsonneault may be made to the Turning Point Club through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 27, 2005
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