Hector T. Betit
1909-2010 Hector Theodule Betit died Monday, Feb. 8, in the Rutland Regional Medical Center.
Born in Whitingham, Vt. on Aug. 11, 1909, the twelfth and last surviving of the fourteen children born to Eugene and Josephine LaFlamme Betit, he attended Sacred Heart School after moving to Bennington and was in it's first graduating class. He worked for a year on the grounds of Everett's Mansion, before attending St. Michael's, but contracted typhoid fever during his first year. Twice, he came very close to death and spent several months in Fanny Allen Hospital.
He met his dear Irene Fortier, and they were married at Sacred Heart Church in April, 1934. She predeceased him in 1990.
He worked at the Allen A. Co., for many years prior to going to work at Fillmore Farm and later at Fairdale Farms. He managed the certifying plant until it closed and then delivered milk products for many years to at least three generations of Benningtonians. Many still reminisce about Hector and their rides in the milk truck. After retiring from Fairdale, he worked for his son, Andre, at Trimont Texaco. At times, there were three generations working together.
In his later years, he was a daily communicant of Sacred Heart St. Francis Parish. Though he was heartbroken after the closing of Sacred Heart Church, he said, "We have to build community". His Faith and his family were his main loves. Though shy, he was friendly and caring. His favorite recreation was hunting, and in his earlier years, he could be recognized smoking his pipe.
He was a member and president of L' Union St. Jean Baptiste, Sacred Heart Society, Holy Name Society, and a committeeman for Troop 45 of the Boy Scouts of America.
He leaves a daughter, Madonna Betit of Rutland; a son, Andre Betit Sr. of Bennington; Cecile Betit of East Wallingford, who took care of him in her home in East Wallingford for several years; a grandson, Andre Betit Jr. and his wife, Lisa, of Goffstown, N.H.; a granddaughter, Michelle Lewis and her husband, Alfred, and their daughters, Jessica, Alyssa, Samantha and Olivia Lewis. Also, he leaves many nieces, nephews and friends.
Besides his wife, Irene, he was predeceased by his daughter-in-law, Donna Pray Betit; his sisters, Alda Racicot, Grace Pellerin, Imelda Roy, Josephine Betit, Alice Lauzon, and Alma Cole; his brothers, Eugene, Joseph, Theodule, Commodore, Albert, Clarence and Telesphore, who died in infancy, and nieces and nephews.
He leaves many friends in Bennington, members of Weston Priory's spiritual fellowship who were very good to him, and his roommate, George Johnstone, and friends at the Genesis Mountain View Nursing Center. The family would like to thank the Center's wonderful caregivers. A highlight of his stay at Genesis was the large party given by Andre Jr. and Michelle to celebrate Hector 's life and 100th birthday.
MEMORIAL NOTICE: A Prayer service will be held on Monday morning, Feb. 15, 2010, at the MAHAR AND SON FUNERAL HOME, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Death and Burial at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington. Interment will follow in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, Feb. 14, from 3 until 5 p.m., and on Monday morning, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the prayer service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart School in Bennington through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.
Guestbook condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.
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