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Harold Makepeace, Jr.

1926 - 2012 BENNINGTON, VT Harold T. Makepeace, Jr., a resident of the Vermont Veterans' Home in Bennington, died on Sept. 18 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center after several years of declining health. He was 86 years old.

Mr. Makepeace, known affectionately to his friends as "Harold," was born April 15, 1926, in Sanford, N.C., son of Harold Makepeace, Sr., and Maria Makepeace Clark. He was a veteran of the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1946. A graduate of Boston University, Harold served as the Assistant Chairman of Journalism in the Boston University School of Public Relations and Communication from 1956 to 1963. Harold was a man of many artistic talents. He was known in his home town as a fine tenor and he sang in and conducted many choruses. He later opened an art gallery in the late 1950s, known as the Spiral Shop.

Harold began summering in Marlboro, Vt., in 1961 and moved there permanently in 1963. He renovated the abandoned Four Corners School House and its stable and turned it into a home and an indoor-outdoor art gallery, named the Spiral Shop after his original Boston art gallery. His gallery and garden quickly became a well-known tourist attraction on Vermont Route 9. He tirelessly transformed what had been a camp and unkempt field into an eclectic exhibit of horticulture and outdoor art, an exhibit that was continually evolving until he had to close in 2007 due to ill health. During that time, many of his customers became lifelong friends and many unknown artists that he mentored and featured in his gallery went on to successful careers.

In 1977, Harold was elected Town Clerk of Marlboro, Vt., a position he held until his retirement in 1989. As a Notary Public, Harold performed many weddings in his famous gardens, creating fond memories for dozens of happy couples. During his residence at the Vermont Veterans' Home, Harold became famous for his gardening skills and his floral arrangements throughout the building, and received an award for his efforts from the Bennington Garden Club.

Harold leaves his cousin, Jane Escher, and her daughter, Kelley Burke, both of Sanford, N.C., as well as a half-brother, Richard Makepeace.

MEMORIAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held at the COVEY AND ALLEN FUNERAL HOME on Main Street in Wilmington, VT on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at 1 p.m. To send the family personal email condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.


Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 25, 2012
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