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Howard T. Hitchcock

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ARLINGTON -- Howard T. Hitchcock, 81, of Country View Lane in Arlington, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 29, 2004, at Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington.

He was born in Rutland on Aug. 4, 1923, the son of Donald M. and May (Tyrrell) Hitchcock and attended local schools and graduated from Scotia High School, Scotia, N.Y. Howard was employed as a telephone installer for the New York Telephone Company until retirement. He married the former Raebeth White on Sept. 27, 1952, in Scotia, N.Y. They were married for 52 years.

Mr. Hitchcock was a veteran of WWII serving in the United States Army Air Corps, achieving the rank of corporal. He was a member of the Bennington Senior Mixed Bowling League and the former Catamount Gadabouts square dance group.

He is survived by his wife, Raebeth Hitchcock of Arlington; two sons, Robert Hitchcock of Swanzey, N.H. and John Hitchcock of Ballston Spa, N.Y. ; two daughters, Barbara Umling of Waldorf, Md. and Kathy Penfold of Glennville, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, D. Emerson Hitchcock.

A celebration of the life of Howard T. Hitchcock will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at the East Arlington Federated Church. The Rev. Thomas Truscott will conduct the service. There are no visiting hours. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the service in Bailey Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mr. Hitchcock’s memory may be made to the Vermont Department of Libraries, c/o Hanson-Walbridge Arlington Chapel, P.O. Box 528 Arlington, VT 05250.

For directions or to send e-mail condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the care of Hanson-Walbridge Arlington Chapel, Route 7A, Arlington.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 30, 2004
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