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Frederick Hoyt

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MANCHESTER -- Frederick B. Hoyt of Arlington, and recently of Bradenton, Fla., died in Manchester surrounded by his family and friends after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Born Nov. 13, 1927, in Bennington, the son of Frank & Mary Hoyt, he received his education in the Shaftsbury and North Bennington school systems.

Fred served his country in the Navy during WWII from 1945-1948. As a Damage Control 3rd Class Petty Officer, he was first stationed in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, and finished his Naval career in Guam. While serving he received the Good Conduct, Victory and WWII medals.

After returning stateside in 1948, he worked at the Bennington Display for 17 years.

On June 25, 1949, Fred was married to Connie Budro, his loving wife of 57 years, in the St. John’s Baptist Catholic Church. They briefly lived in Bennington and then moved to Arlington, where they raised their four wonderful children.

In 1969 he began his career working at the Arlington Memorial High School as head custodian, where most of his fondest and lasting memories were made until retiring in 1990.

In 1992, the Hoyts joined the growing ranks of snow-birds, and moved to Bradenton, Fla., just recently returning to Vermont to live out his final days with his loving family and friends.

Fred was a member of the Arlington Lions Club for 16 years as a Tail Twister. He was president of the Arlington Community Club for four years and Bennington Moose Club for one year. During their years in Florida, Fred served as the president of the Sea Breeze Mobile Estates Association for four years.

Besides his family and friends, his other passions included bowling, softball, hunting, fishing, camping, and most of all, telling a good joke.

He is survived by his wife, Connie; son Richard and his wife Kate Hoyt; son Larry and wife Nancy Hoyt; son David and wife Jeannie Hoyt; daughter Sandra and husband Edward Knight; brother Leon Hoyt of Bennington; sister Mary Holden of Bennington; sister Eileen Luke of Hoosick Falls; sister Frances Hoyt of Bennington; and his sister Rita Mattison of Iowa. Fred had nine loving grandchildren: Dale Hoyt, Nathan Hoyt, Austin Hoyt, Whitney Hoyt, Mike Hoyt, Colby Hoyt, Vanessa Hoyt, and Breton Knight; and 11 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, George Hoyt and granddaughter, Erin Miner.

A celebration of Fred’s life will take place at St. Paul’s Church in Manchester on Monday, May 21, 2007, at 10:30 a.m.

The burial will take place May 22, 2007, at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, in Schuylerville, N.Y., with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions be made to the Manchester Health Services, Manchester Rescue Squad or Arlington High School sports programs.

To send the family personal e-mail condolences please visit www.sheafuneral homes.com

Arrangements are under the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home Arlington Chapel Route 7A Arlington, Vermont.

Information provided by the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 18, 2007
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