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Frederick Harry Grout

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Frederick H. Grout 1921 - 2008 EAST ARLINGTON Frederick Harry Grout, 87, of 39 Ice Pond Road passed away Monday morning, Oct. 6, 2008, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, following a long illness. Born in the former Putnam Memorial Hospital in Bennington on Aug. 29, 1921, the son of Harry Arthur Grout and Annie Matteson Grout, he was an 11th generation Vermonter who was raised and lived in the Arlington area his entire life. He received his education in the Arlington/Sunderland schools and was a graduate of Arlington Memorial High School. Fred was married to Dorothy Grover on Jan. 9, 1944, at St. James Episcopal Church in Arlington. Until his death, he was the oldest member of this church who was baptized, confirmed, and married. He was a former choirboy, acolyte, and member of the vestry. He served in the Army as a surgical technician. He was a member of the American Legion Post #69 in Arlington. In his earlier years, Fred was a master plumber; he then received the opportunity to join the postal service. For 30 years, he served as Postmaster of the E. Arlington Post Office. After his retirement, he was a school bus driver for several years and loved transporting kids home, to sports events, and other memorable occasions. As a lifetime member of the Arlington Fire Department Co. #1, Fred called 'Bingo!' every Tuesday night for eight years to help raise funds for a new firehouse in E. Arlington. He was treasurer for many years and very instrumental in the building of the firehouse as it stands today. Mr. Grout was also a Past Master of the Red Mountain Lodge #63 F&AM. Fred did a lot of camping and traveling with his wife and family. In addition to playing cards every Tuesday night, one of his biggest loves was his trips to Hawaii with his wife. A lover of music, he enjoyed playing tuba and baritone in the local Drum & Bugle Corps. and was often seen/heard playing marches with his friends at the local street fairs. With his rich bass voice, he was a charter member of the Arlington Chorale. An avid skier, Fred was also often found on Bromley Mountain in the winter months and riding his motorcycle throughout New England in the spring and summer. Mr. Grout was very active in all aspects of community service, whether it be in an organizational capacity, or if he was just being called upon to add a helping hand. His generosity of spirit and sense of responsibility to his fellow man will never be forgotten and will ever serve as an inspiration to all of us who had the good fortune to have known and been touched by him. He was a friend of Bill's for 47 years and he lived his life one day at a time. Besides his wife, Fred leaves his daughters, Nyoka Little and her husband, Brian, of Arlington, and Deborah Minnar of Norwalk, Conn.; a sister, Lorraine Moody of Cumberland, R.I.; a brother, Joel Grout of Manchester, Conn.; five grandchildren, Kevin Little of Shaftsbury, Sarah Arel of Colchester, Jennifer Graf of Vienna, Austria, Jonathan Hoffman of E. Arlington, and Brooke Wilson of Norwalk, Conn., eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Betsy, who died in infancy. "Poppy," affectionately known by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, will always be remembered as a smiling, joking, gentle, loving, and caring man who would often remark, "Oh, what a beautiful morning!" or "This is the happiest day of my life." Fred was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed by all who knew him. FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be Thursday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Arlington with the Rev. Scott Neal officiating, with a reception following in the Church Lounge. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery immediately following the reception. There will be calling hours at the HANSON-WALBRIDGE CHAPEL in Arlington on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. Should friends desire, gifts in memory of Frederick H. Grout may be made to either St. James Episcopal Church of Arlington or the Arlington Rescue Squad in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, PO Box 528, Arlington, VT 05250. To send the family personal e-mail condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 7, 2008
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