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Harry A. Skidmore Jr.

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SANDGATE -- Harry A. “Sonny” Skidmore Jr., 66, a resident of Sandgate Road, died Friday April 22, 2005 at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington following a long illness. Born at the family home in Sandgate on March 18, 1939, he was the son of the late Harry A. and Jennie (Maki) Skidmore. Sonny was a 1957 graduate of Arlington High School. For many years he had served his hometown of Sandgate in many capacities including as road commissioner for several years, he had also served as a selectman and a zoning board member. In addition he had owned and operated an excavating and snowplowing business, serving many area residents and business’, until poor health forced him to retire.

He was an avid deer hunter, enjoyed watching and feeding wild birds and squirrels, he especially enjoyed the company of his dog “Sparky.” Sonny leaves his daughter, Jennifer Skidmore of Arlington; a son, Harry “Tiger” Skidmore III of Hebron, N.Y.; a brother, William Skidmore of Sandgate; and a sister Eleanor LaCross of Sandgate; grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and cousins. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at the Arlington Chapel of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home with the Rev. Jane Baker pastor of the Embury Methodist Church in Cambridge, N.Y., officiating. Burial with committal prayers will follow in the Skidmore family lot in Sandgate Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Sandgate United Methodist Church following the burial.

Friends may call at the Arlington Chapel of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. when the family will be present. Memorial gifts may be made to either the Martha Canfield Library or the Patient Resource Fund at the Centers For Living and Rehabilitation in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 528, Arlington, VT 05250. To send condolences to the family of Sonny Skidmore please visit www.sheafuneralhomers.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 23, 2005
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