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Forrest Albert Stone 1938-2012 Forrest A. Stone 73, of Cambridge, N.Y., who fought a long courageous battle with a brain tumor, passed peacefully into his eternal life July 6, 2012, at his second home in Palm Bay, Fla., surrounded by his family. He was born September 5, 1938, in Greenfield, Mass., to Homer Glenn and Alice Marcia Butterfield Stone, arriving on Labor Day in time for the hurricane of '38. He spent his early years in Whitingham, Vt., receiving his education there, graduating from Whitingham High School in 1956. He was the beloved husband of Marion "Molly" Eddy Stone who survives and who lovingly cared for him throughout his illness. In addition to his wife of 54 years, Forrest leaves a son Glen William and wife Cordelia Hahn Stone, Cambridge, N.Y., and daughter-in-law Deborah McLean Stone, Westminster, Colo., brothers Richard (Anna), Johnsonville, N.Y., and Robert, River Ranch, Fla., and Wilmington, Vt.; also grandchildren Christopher Stone and Krista Gregg, Salem, Stephen and Tanya Stone, Troy, Melissa Stone, Cambridge, N.Y., Jennifer Stone and Manuel Hermosillo, Fort Worth, Texas, and David Stone and Maranda Robison, Westminster, Colo.; great grandchildren Priscilla and Michael Hermosillo and Alexis Stone, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, special friends, and his brother-in-law Alan McGrath who was like a brother. Alan called nearly every day of Forrest's illness. Forrest was predeceased by his parents; his son Michael Forrest (1960 - 2010), Westminster, Colo., who also had a brain tumor; and sister-in-law Ann (Robert). An avid sportsman, Forrest was a life-long Red Sox fan who could recite every statistic for every player, though he also followed the Patriots, Celtics, as well as golf, tennis, etc. Throughout his lifetime he enjoyed league bowling. As an outdoorsman he enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting with son Glen, brother Robert and his son Jeff with the highlight of those many years being an eleven point trophy buck he shot in 1983 - only one of many. He is remembered as a devoted husband, father and friend with his main interest being his home and family. Part of his strong work ethic was his thought that he had to do everything himself. He built two houses, hiring not a single contractor. Because of that same work ethic he was featured in a newspaper article and received many awards for perfect attendance at Eagle Bridge Machine and Tool in New York as a Machinist for 26 years, New England Electric System in Whitingham, Vermont as Station Operator in the 1970s, and G.S. Precision, Wilmington, Vermont, running automatic screw machines in the 1960s. He was a member, of the Jacksonville Community Church in Vermont, and the West Hoosick Baptist Church in New York where he served as Deacon, and, in retirement, the Holiday Park Homeowners Association, Palm Bay, Florida. He enjoyed singing in church choirs and with the Good Time Singers. He was also a founder of the Stonewall Cancer Relay for Life team at Bennington Vermont. FUNERAL NOTICE: Memorial services will be held at the West Hoosick Baptist Church on August 12 at 2 p.m. and at Holiday Park Recreation Center in Palm Bay, Florida on November 18 at 1 p.m. Memorials honoring his life may be sent to Hospice of Health First, 1900 Dairy Road, W. Melbourne, Florida 32904; First Presbyterian Church of Palm Bay, 1080 Port Malabar Blvd., N.E., Palm Bay, Florida 32905; West Hoosick Baptist Church, 1349 Buskirk- West Hoosick Road, Buskirk, New York 12028; or the . Arrangements are by the Ammen Family Cremation & Funeral Care, 950 Malabar Road, Palm Bay, Florida 32907.

Published in Bennington Banner on July 16, 2012
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