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Harold E. Bailey

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BENNINGTON -- A prayer service was held for Harold E. Bailey at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Thursday morning, followed by a Mass of Christian death and burial at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington, with the Rev. Vincent Coppolla, c.s.c., associate pastor, officiating.

Con-celebrating the service were the Rev. Michael A. Demasi, the Rev. Julian LaFlamme and the Rev. James Preskenis. Assisting at the Mass were Gerald Amadon, Valmore Clifford, Leonard Anzivino and James Kempf. The pall was placed upon the casket by Mr. Bailey’s four children, Sharon Morin, Barbara Stark, John Bailey and Thomas Bailey. The wooden cross was placed on the pall by his wife, Alice Bailey. Soloist for the Mass was Ms. Monica Murray, and she was accompanied by Donald McMahon on the organ. Selected hymns for the mass included “Amazing Grace,” “Ave Maria,” “How Great Thou Art” and “The Lord is My Shepherd.” The two scriptures, Old and New Testament, were read by two of his granddaughters, Shari Morin and Stephanie Green. The eucharistic gifts were presented at the altar by three grandchildren, Heidi Bourlice, Scott Morin and John Morin. The eulogy was offered by Mr. David Bailey and Heidi Bourlice.

Wednesday afternoon members of K of C Council 307 were led in the recitation at the funeral home by the Rev. Michael Demasi, chaplain.

The interment followed in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington.

Pallbearers for the service were his sons, John Bailey amd Thomas Bailey, and nephews, John Morin, David Bailey, Donald Bailey and William George. Military honors were accorded the World War II veteran by Ralph Brown and Michael Krizan of American Legion Post 13 in Bennington. Taps were sounded by Maurice Rancourt.

Mr. Harold E. Bailey, 84, a resident of Darling Street in Bennington, died on Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, following a long illness.
Published in Bennington Banner from Sept. 29 to Oct. 6, 2004
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