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James Stannard Jr.

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James Stannard Jr. 1948 - 2008 DORSET On Friday, June 27, James P. Stannard Jr., left this world for a better place. Jim, or "Pop" as he was known to his family, was born on Feb. 20, 1948. In his early days, there was nothing he enjoyed more than hunting and fishing with his father, "Big Jim." He shot his first deer at the age of 12 and received national press recognition as he and his deer sat in the chair lift at Bromley Mountain in a promotional ad. An avid sportsman, Jim was a talented man who manufactured award-winning turkey calls. It was a rarity for Jim to not get a turkey, a deer or catch a bounty of fish during their respective seasons. As a teenager, during sugaring season, he could be found "over the bank" at his South Dorset home, hand-drilling maple trees, gathering sap by hand and boiling over an open fire in a makeshift pan, resulting in the sweetest two gallons of syrup ever made. In recent years, and in failing health, he decided it was time to follow his father's footsteps and bake. He made wonderful chocolate chip cookies; second only to Helen Tyler's famous Toll House cookies. He loved his family and will be remembered by his friends as a kind, gentle, loving and forgiving man. He was preceded by his father, James P. Stannard Sr., his mother, Thyra and brother, Curtis. He leaves the love of his life, Jean Bowen Stannard and their three children, James Stannard III, Randy Stannard and Mary Merrow; five grandchildren, James Stannard IV, Makayla Stannard, Dylan Merrow, Hailey Merrow, and August Stannard; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Steve and Joan Hazelton, and George and Sandra Zografas; three nieces, Meredith Hairston, Rebecca Hazelton and Amanda Dean; two nephews, Wesley Stannard and Stephen Zografas and two greatnieces and great nephews. He also leaves his brother, Robert J. Stannard and sister-in-law, Alison Stannard. FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be no calling hours. A private, family service will be held at a future date.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 1, 2008
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