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Edwin A. Colvin

1927-2015 SHAFTSBURY Edwin A. Colvin, 87, a former State Representative and a well-known resident of Shaftsbury, Vt. died Monday, January 26, 2015 at the Vermont Veterans Home following a brief illness. He was born at the family home in North Bennington on March 20, 1927. He was the son of the late William and Catherine (LaFlamme) Colvin. Ed received his education in North Bennington and was a 1945 graduate of North Bennington High School. On August 13, 1945 Ed joined the United States Army Air Corps where served until May 25, 1947. He was stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi. On December 16, 1950 he married the former Barbara D. Crowley at the North Bennington Baptist Church. For 25 years Ed was employed in several capacities at Stanley Tools in Shaftsbury including as Plant Engineer and Plant Manager, retiring in 1972. While at Stanley Tools he developed several design modifications for carpenter squares and folding wood rules, for which Stanley holds patents today. Ed also owned a contracting business and built 14 homes including his own. From 1975 until 1982 he represented the town of Shaftsbury in Montpelier as a State Representative and from 1979 until 1982 he served on the board of trustees at the University of Vermont. These were but two examples of his dedication to giving back to community. He also developed the first zoning bylaw for the town of Shaftsbury and conceived of, raised funds for and oversaw the development of Howard Park, which remains a vibrant recreational area serving Shaftsbury and the surrounding towns. He later became involved in the real estate business. He first worked at Hoisington Realty in Bennington and later owned and operated Ed Colvin Realty until his retirement. Ed was a member of the Shaftsbury Fire Department and was a member of the former Bennington Club. He also served as Scout Master of Shaftsbury Troop 331. During his tenure as a Scout Master five scouts attained the status of Eagle Scout. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, fly tying, coin collecting and attending his boys sporting events. Survivors include his wife, Barbara D. Colvin of Shaftsbury; two sons, William B. Colvin and his wife, Jessica Chapman of Bennington and Edwin Andrew Colvin and his wife. Shelley of Shaftsbury; a granddaughter, Skye Colvin of Shaftsbury; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was pre-deceased by two sisters and three brothers, Dorothy (Ward), Helen (Crosier), William, Russell and Harold. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held from the MAHAR AND SON FUNERAL HOME on Friday January 30 at 11 a.m. Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. The burial with military honors will take place in the family lot at the Grandview Cemetery in North Bennington. If friends desire contributions in memory of Edwin A. Colvin may be made to either the Vermont Veterans Home Activities Fund or the through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net



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Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 28, 2015
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