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BENNINGTON -- Gordon James Mooney, 75, a resident of White Birches Mobile Home Park in Bennington, died on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, at the Vermont Veterans Home following a long illness.

Gordon was born on May 15, 1932, in Newport and was the son of the late Gordon R. and Evelyn (Douglass) Mooney. He received his education in Newport, and was a graduate of Newport High School in 1950.

He joined the Army National Guard, Co L172 Infantry Regiment, 43rd Division on Dec. 7, 1949. He was Federalized in 1950 and served on active duty in the Army from 1950 until 1952, where he was stationed in Munich, Germany, during an occupation. He attained the rank of staff sergeant.

In 1952, he joined the Department of Public Safety in St. Johnsbury as a clerk and dispatcher. In February 1954, Gordon graduated from the 3rd Recruitment Class of the Vermont State Police, and his first tour of duty was in Rutland. Later in 1954, he was transferred to the Shaftsbury Barracks, and in 1955 served for the next nine years in Manchester-Dorset Outpost. In 1964, he returned to Shaftsbury, and later was promoted to sergeant and officer-in-charge and served for several years. Gordon served two years at the Green Mountain Race Track in Pownal as detective sergeant and then transferred to Rockingham where he served as detective sergeant.

He was later promoted to lieutenant and for the next few years served as assistant filed force commander and director of internal affairs and upon his retirement, was commander of Rockingham Troop D. He retired from active duty in October 1984.

Gordon was a life member of the American Legion Post 13 in Bennington for 45 years where he had held several offices over the years, including post commander and adjutant for three years. Gordon was a life member of the VFW Post 8417 in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., where he served as chaplain. He served as patron of husbandry in the Mt. Equinox Grange 494 of Manchester, the Moose Lodge 1233 of Bennington and the Adoniram Lodge 42 F & AM in Manchester Depot, and Bennington Lodge of Perfection Valley of Montpelier, Scottish Rite Council and Chapter of Valley of Montpelier and Consistory 32nd Degree Scottish Rite mason Valley of Burlington. Gordon was also a member of the Mt. Sinai Temple shrine in Montpelier.

Mr. Mooney was member of the FBI National Academy Associates and the Harvard Medical Associates in Police Science. He belonged to AARP and has been a guardian ad litem.

Following his retirement from the State Police, in 1984, Gordon went to work for security at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, and in 1985 was named chief of security until he retired in 1992. He also served as a security officer for the Bennington Free Library.

Gordon has worked as a sheriff’s deputy in Bennington County and worked under Sheriffs M. John Maloney and Gary Forrest.

He married the former Barbara Steeves of St. Johnsbury on June 20, 1953, and she predeceased him in November 1992.

Gordon is survived by two children: his daughter, Ms. Wanda Mooney of Bennington, and his son, Mr. Gordon R. (Skip) Mooney of Ft. Myers, Fla. He leaves three grandsons and one great grandson, his sister Kathleen Barry of Bricktown, N.J., and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, from the First Baptist Church in Bennington at 10 a.m. with the Reverend Jerrod Hugenot, pastor, officiating. Interment, with full military honors, will follow in the family lot at Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington.

Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. in Bennington on Thursday from 5 until 8 p.m.

Members of the American Legion Post 13, of Bennington are asked to meet at the funeral home on Thursday at 6 p.m. to conduct services.

Members of the Adoniram Lodge 42 F & AM of Manchester are asked to meet at the funeral home on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to conduct services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net or at BenningtonBanner.com
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 26, 2007
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