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George E. Hadwen BENNINGTON, VT George Edward Hadwen, 84, a seventh generation Vermonter and longtime resident of Bennington and summer resident of Cedar Beach in Charlotte, Vt., died in Fort Myers, Fla., of cancer on Oct. 12, 2009. adwen and his wife, Marie, established Hadwen, Inc., which published the Pennysaver Press Newspaper for 29 years and operated an offset printing business under the name "Putnam Press." He was a member of the Outdoor Writers of America and a member of the National Advertising Association. He wrote and published two books, "The Rock Ribs of Bennington Town" and "Grandpa's Memories of the Pacific War."Hadwen served in a Navy amphibious unit (LCC) during World War II and participated in 11 invasions. including Leyte Gulf. He was an active member of Rotary International for 35 years and a Paul Harris Fellow. He served as president of the Vermont Printers Association, and was a director of both The New England Council and the Suburban Newspapers of America. Hadwen was also an active member of the Boy Scout Council, the local Chamber of Commerce, ACE and Score. He served as a Trustee, Tree Warden and Police Commissioner for the Village of Old Bennington. Hadwen had retired to Sanibel, Fla., and pursued his love of birding through participation in the Calusa Bird Club. He was an active volunteer at the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge in Florida for more than 20 years, a member of the Power Squadron, a Dunes tennis player, an avid duplicate bridge player and a member of the McGregor Point Bridge Club. Whatever he played, he always played to have fun. He was a lifelong stamp collector, recently donating a very unique and rare collection of Vermont stamps to the Bennington Museum. He loved his summers at Cedar Beach on Lake Champlain, fishing and boating and birding. Hadwen graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1950 and established two scholarships there for Vermont students, one in Communications and one in the Outdoor Program. He donated Hadwen Woods to the Bennington Museum for use as an educational nature walk. George Hadwen leaves his wife of 58 years, Marie, and their three daughters and sons-in-law, Wendy and Bill Schroeder, Jan and Bob Hubbell, and Brooke Hadwen and Pat Burns; five grandchildren, Drew Ravon Ransom, John Henry Hadwen Schroeder, Chelsea Mead Hubbell, Susan Hadwen Schroeder, and Whitney Alix Hubbell. MEMORIAL NOTICE: His memorial service will be held at the Village Church Chapel at Shell Point in Fort Myers, Fla., on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. Gifts may be made to Hope Hospice in Fort Myers in lieu of flowers.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 14, 2009
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