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Frederick D. Pirie

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SOUTH BURLINGTON -- Frederick D. Pirie, 87, of Victoria Drive, died peacefully on Sunday, July 10, 2005, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born July 26, 1917, in Williamstown, he was the son of Fred F. and Harriet (DeFreest) Pirie. He graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre in 1935 and later from Tri-State College in Angola, Ind., with a degree in mechanical engineering.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. He was wounded in Italy and was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Purple Heart.

On April 26, 1942, he married Verna E. Spaulding in Hattiesburg, Mich.

Following their marriage, they made their home on Orange Street in Barre.

She died on Sept. 24, 1990. On Aug. 19, 1995, he married Betty Hall Hooper in South Hero. They lived in Mayfair Park in South Burlington.

In earlier years, he worked in the family business, the J.K. Pirie Granite Quarry in Graniteville.

Following the sale of the quarry, he began employment in the Vermont Highway Department, retiring as a traffic designer.

His memberships included the Barre Universalist Church where he was a member of the men’s club and had served as church treasurer, a life member of the Granite Masonic Lodge 35 of Barre, the Mount Sinai Shrine Temple 3 of Montpelier and he was a 32nd Degree Mason as well as a member of the Ruth Chapter 33 OES. A board member of Upper Valley Services, he helped to establish Alzheimer’s’ support groups.

He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, garage sales, flea markets, collecting antiques and spending time at his camp at Joe’s Pond and his wife’s family cottage at South Hero.

Survivors include his wife, Betty of South Burlington; a son, Frederick F. Pirie and his wife, Deborah of Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; three daughters, Joan Perry and her husband, Jack of Manchester, N.H., Patricia Coffrin and her husband, Dwight of Marshfield and Jennifer Pirie of Randolph; a stepson, Gregory Hooper and his wife, Susan of Underhill; three stepdaughters, Cheryl Hooper of Queechee, Kathryn Clarkson and her husband, Alexander of Fairfield, Conn. and Patricia Lintereur and her husband, James of Bakersfield; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Arlene Cummings of Barre Town; and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by grandson, Jeff Stratton, great-granddaughter, Shannon O’Connor, and brother, Edward Pirie.

His funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. in the Universalist Church. Interment will take place in the Elmwood Cemetery in Barre. There are no calling hours.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Hospice of the Champlain Valley, 25 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446.

The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 12, 2005
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