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Fred Bishop Sr.

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BENNINGTON-- Fred Bishop Sr., 87, a long time resident of Myers Road, Shaftsbury, and more recently of Town Line Road, Bennington, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at his residence surrounded by his family.

Born in Adams, Mass., Dec. 6, 1919, he was the son of the late Merritt and Ida (Sirrard) Bishop. Fred received his education in the Adams schools.

He married the former Barbara Beals at the First United Methodist Church parsonage in Pownal on Aug. 7, 1943.

In earlier years, Fred drove truck in the family business owned by his father, Bishop’s Express. In 1946 he was asked by the late Cliff Clevenger, manager of Mt. Hope Farms in Williamstown, to manage a large farm in Brattleboro. Fred and Barbara returned to Pownal in the early 1950s when they purchased the family farm from Fred’s parents on the site of what later became Green Mountain Race Track. During this same time Fred was also employed by the town of Pownal to plow the back roads in the winter and to drive the Pownal school bus.

In 1962 they moved to Myers Road in Shaftsbury where they established High Winds Farm which they operated until Fred retired in 1992.

Fred was a longtime member of the Bennington County Farm Bureau, Bennington County 4-H program, the Holstein Association and the Bennington Soil Conservation District which recognized him in 1965 as the Outstanding Conservationist in Bennington County.

Fred was always noted for fixing things: Barns, houses, stone walls on top of keeping the farm running, but he always had time for driving his team of ponies, Flicka and Fritzy, around the block on Sundays and taking his kids (and everyone else’s) to 4-H horse and cattle shows all over Vermont. He was always smiling even though he was up milking every morning at 4:30 a.m. Fred loved and had great empathy for animals. He loved using his bulldozer for building diversion ditches, plowing snow, landscaping, etc. Another of Fred’s many talents was dousing. He helped hundreds friends and neighbors witch for water successfully over the years.

Fred was able to remain at home during his long illness due to the loving and gentle care provided to him by his wife Barbara, and his children and grandchildren would like to acknowledge how meaningful this was to the entire family.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Bishop of Bennington; a daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Jim Howe Jr. of Shaftsbury; three sons and daughters-in-law, James and Linda Bishop of Shaftsbury, Fred Jr. and Sandy Bishop of Milford, N.H., and Keith and Linda Bishop of Shaftsbury; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Adam Howe of Shaftsbury, Barry and Amy Bishop of North Bennington, Scott and Aimee Bishop of Troy, N.Y., Aaron and Allison Bishop of Falmouth, Maine, Amy and Steve Deschene of Derry, N.H. and Justin, Jada and Joshua Bishop of Shaftsbury; seven great-grandchildren, Brooke and Meghan Bishop of North Bennington, Torin and Trevor Bishop of Troy, N.Y., Henry Bishop of Falmouth, Maine, and Lakin and Cooper Deschene of Derry, N.H.; two sisters-in-law, Jeannette Bish op of Pownal and Helena Bishop of Springfield, Mass.; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

The funeral will be held from the First United Methodist Church of Pownal on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Arnet Mathers of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Bennington officiating.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. when the family will be in attendance.

Burial will take place in the family lot in Oak Hill Cemetery, Pownal.

Should friends desire contributions in Fred Bishop’s memory may be made to the VNA & Hospice of Southwestern Vermont Health Care through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT. 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 2, 2007
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