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Edward S. Farnum

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Edward S. Farnum 1919 - 2008 MANCHESTER Edward S. Farnum, 89 of Manchester passed away Aug. 31, 2008, at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington. He was born in Peru, VT., on May 23, 1919, the son of Joseph E. and Mary Simonds Farnum. He married Virginia "Ginny" Sawtell on Aug. 29, 1943, in Florida. He was educated in Peru schools. He served in the Army/Air Force during World War II, serving in Europe. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict. Edward worked at Manchester Motors and later worked for Fiske Food Shop in Manchester. He then purchased the T.J. Healy Inc. grocery store in Manchester and operated that until its sale in 1984. He loved model trains and loved to work outdoors. He was a member of the American Legion Post 38 where he was Post Commander and also finance officer. He was a member of the VFW Harned Fowler Post 6471. He was past director of the Vt. Retail Grocers Assn., in Rutland, a position he held for 22 years and was a past president of the Vt. Retail Grocers Assn. He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph E. and Beth Farnum of Essex, Conn., John T. and Pat Farnum of Manchester, Vt., and James W. and Robin Farnum of Middlebury, Vt.; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Al Fournier of Swanton, Vt., and Casa Grande, Ariz.; a grandson, J.W. Farnum and his wife, Shannon, of St. Albans, Vt., and one step-grandson, Ty Fournier. He was predeceased by three brothers, James W., Robert and Raymond Farnum, and by a sister Marion Poinsett. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the BREWSTER FUNERAL HOME, 34 Park Place, Manchester, VT. Burial with military honors will follow at Factory Point Cemetery in Manchester. Friends may call at the Brewster Funeral Home on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 1 p.m. PM until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Edwards's memory be made to either the Tomorrows Children Fund at Hackensack University Medical Center or the Vermont Veterans Home c/o Brewster Funeral Home, P.O. Box 885, Manchester, VT 05255. For directions or to send personal e-mail condolences to the family please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner from Sept. 1 to Sept. 3, 2008
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