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John Henry "Bud" Briggs

1923-2012 John Henry "Bud" Briggs, husband of the late Susan U. Briggs, and long time resident of Bennington and North Bennington, passed away on October 25, at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation after a long illness.

Bud was born in Bennington on January 20, 1923 to the late Louis and Jennie (Bent) Briggs. He was the youngest of ten children. His parents owned the Briggs Farm on Middle Pownal Road. At a young age, he worked the family farm and delivered milk with horses and wagon around Bennington with his father. Bud enlisted into the Army in World War II and served with the 36th Infantry Division in Italy and Germany, for he was awarded the Bronze Star. After the service, he married Sue Underhill, the love of his life. They were married for 64 years. He came home from the war and worked as a carpenter before going to work at the Hall Farm in North Bennington in 1949. When the Hall Farm closed, Bud went to the Park-McCullough House as their caretaker and remained in their employ until he retired at the age of 85 when he left to devote all his time to caring for Sue in her final days. The grounds and gardens of the Park-McCullough House were a special undertaking for him and he took great care in making them beautiful for all to enjoy. He enjoyed hunting at the camping in Bear Town and looked forward to each and every deer season. He was successful almost every year, his last buck being taken on Linda's birthday in 2008. Bud was an avid motorcycle rider and to Sue's dismay, continued to ride into his late 70's.

He is survived by a son Gary J. Briggs and his wife Debbie of Pownal, Vt., his son John W. Briggs and his wife Jill of Eagle Bridge, N.Y., and his daughter Linda Briggs-Menz of Boca Raton, Fla. He leaves eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Bud is predeceased by his wife, siblings and one grandson, John W. Courtney.

FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be a service to celebrate Bud's life on Tuesday, October 30 at 11 a.m. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. A time for visiting will follow the services as well.

Burial will take place privately at the convenience of the family in Grandview Cemetery in North Bennington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Park-McCullough House 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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Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 27, 2012
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