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J. Edward Sargent

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MANCHESTER -- J. Edward “Ed” Sargent, 63, a lifelong resident of Vermont, and most recently of Granville, N.Y., died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Ed was born in Wallingford, on Oct. 20, 1942, the son of Louis and Edna (Dana) Sargent. He graduated from Wallingford High School, class of 1960. Known as “Sarge” to his co-workers, he worked for Central Vermont Public Service Corp. as chief lineman for 36 years, retiring in 1998.

Music and hunting were the main passions of Ed’s life. He was lead singer and guitar player for “Ed Sargent and the Country Generals,” one of the area’s most popular dance bands. Comprised of lifelong friends, the group performed for more than 30 years, formally retiring in the late 1980s. Ed was often described as “the Elvis of Southern Vermont.”

A great outdoorsman and an avid hunter and affectionately known as “Mountain Man,” Ed considered the mountains his sanctuary. He traveled from Vermont to West Virginia, Maryland and New York, to hunt wild turkeys and white-tailed deer. He was a dedicated ice fisherman, as well. When hunting season was over, he could always be found in the wilderness, never tiring of its wonders. In the off-seasons, he foraged for ginseng and wild mushrooms. Ed was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Danby and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 2551, of Manchester.

Ed is survived by his wife, Michele Zoufaly Sargent; his daughter, Kimberly Mulcahy of Williamsville; his son, John E. Sargent Jr. of Wells; four stepsons, Brooks, Ryan, Damon and Blair Mone, all of Syracuse, N.Y.; his mother, Edna Sargent, of Rutland; his brother, Brian Sargent of Bristol; three sisters, Barbara Connors and Brenda Sargent of Florida, and Gara Connors of Castleton; and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 8, 2006, at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Manchester, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Steven E. Berry. Interment will be held in the spring.

There are no calling hours. Memorial gifts in Ed’s memory may be made to the Ed Sargent Memorial Fund, c/o Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester Center, VT 05255. A reception and open house will be held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Manchester following the service. For directions, or to send e-mail, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the care of Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place.
Published in Bennington Banner from Feb. 4 to Feb. 6, 2006
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