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James A. "Cricket" Wyman

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WEST ARLINGTON -- James A. “Cricket” Wyman, 65, a resident of Route 313 in West Arlington, died unexpectedly on Monday evening, Sept. 20, 2004, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

Born May 16, 1939 in Bennington, Cricket was the son of James S. and Mary (Edgerton) Wyman. He was a 1957 graduate of Arlington Memorial High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1962. His marriage to Joyce Alice “Birdie” Pero took place in July 1962 and Birdie and Cricket had celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary this past July.

In his early years, Cricket worked with his father in his logging operation. He later worked at Eagle Square Manufacturing in Shaftsbury and, while working at Eagle Square, began his career with the U.S. Postal Service, first working in the Bennington office. In 1980 he became postmaster in the Arlington office and worked there until his retirement in May 2000. His total postal service spanned 36 years and 9 months.

Cricket’s family, especially his daughters, was the focus of his life. After his family he enjoyed thoroughbred horse racing, baseball (especially the Red Sox), hunting, fishing, camping and horseshoes. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 69 in Arlington, Harned Fowler Post VFW in Manchester, Elks Lodge No. 567 in Bennington, The New York Racing Association, New York Thoroughbred Breeders, and the Retired Postmasters Association.

In addition to his wife, Joyce “Birdie” Wyman of West Arlington, Cricket is survived by his daughters, Kimberley Negron and her husband Jose of South Burlington, Dawn Phillips and her husband Mark of Milton, Michelle Witt andher husband Steve of North Hampton, N.H. and Tamara Wyman and her friend, Eric Petersen of Jericho; a sister, Linda Gaiotti, and her husband Edward of Queensbury, N.Y.; his half-brothers Donald Wyman and his wife Colleen, Ralph Wyman and his wife Lori and William Wyman and his wife Kristen, all of HoosickFalls, N.Y.; his half-sisters, Susan Donovan and her husband Jed and Penny Dalpeand her husband Dan, both of Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Ryann and Justin Mead, Ashley Negron, Taylor, Chayce and Brooke Phillips and Collin and Patrick Witt; his “live-in” mother-in law, Alice Pero, and brother-in-law Ronald Pero and his wife Margaretha.

Funeral services for James “Cricket” Wyman will be held on Friday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Arlington with the Rev. Bradford Clark, rector, officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Columban’s Cemetery in Arlington. Friends are invited to call at the Arlington Chapel of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Members of American Legion Post No. 69 will conduct a legion memorial service at the funeral home on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. Should friends desire, gifts in Mr. Wyman’s memory may be made to the Arlington Rescue Squad or American Legion Post No. 69 in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 528, Arlington, VT 05250.

For directions or to send e mail condolences to the Wyman Family, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 22, 2004
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