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John J. Racicot

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BENNINGTON -- Funeral services for John J. Racicot were held from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church on Wednesday, April 19. The liturgy of Christian death and burial was offered by the Rev. Vincent Coppola.

The organist was Donald McMahon, and soloist was Monica Murray. Hymns offered during the service were “Be Not Afraid,” “How Great Thou Art,” “I Am the Bread of Life,” “On Eagles Wings” and “Here I Am, Lord.”

The pall that draped Mr. Racicot’s casket during the funeral Mass was placed by his children and their spouses: Cheryl and Stephen Bennett, John L. and Cathy Racicot and Sandra Roberson. A wooden cross was placed on the casket by Sandra. The scriptural readings were offered by a granddaughter, Stacy Racicot, and the offertory gifts were presented by his children Cheryl, John and Sandra. Words of remembrance were given by Michael Berry, a grandson-in-law.

Acolytes were Leonard Anzivino, Francis Sausville and Dr. Barth VanderEls.

Bearers were three grandsons, Erik Bennett, Keith Racicot and Jared Dailey, and a son-in-law, Stephen Bennett.

A prayer service at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home preceded the funeral Mass.

Father Coppola offered the wake service at the funeral home on Tuesday evening. Also conducting services on Tuesday evening were members of the Bennington Fire Department. The Fireman’s Prayer was led by Rabbi Howard Cohen, chaplain. The Rev. Michael A. Demasi, chaplain, led the members of Knights of Columbus Council 307 in the recitation of the Rosary.

Mr. Racicot’s casket was transported to the church and from there to the cemetery by the Stark Hose Company fire truck. The funeral procession paused at the Bennington Fire Station, where the fire alarm was sounded in Mr. Racicot’s memory. John had been an active member of the Stark Hose Company of the Bennington Fire Department for many years. Members of the fire department formed an honor guard at both the visiting hours on Tuesday and the funeral services on Wednesday.

Burial took place in the family lot in White Chapel Cemetery with Father Coppola offering the committal prayers.

Mr. Racicot, husband of Beulah (Leonard) Racicot, a resident of Putnam Street, died April 13 at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner from Apr. 15 to Apr. 21, 2006
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