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Joseph F. Waite

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BENNINGTON -- Joseph F. Waite, 86, a resident of Branch Street, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003 at Crescent Manor Care Centers following a brief illness.

Born in Bennington March 19, 1917, he was the son of the late Fred L. and Laura (Greenwood) Waite. He received his education in the Bennington schools.

Mr. Waite married the former Reta Durward on May 8, 1939 at St. Francis de Sales rectory in Bennington. Mrs. Waite died March 20, 1994.

In early years, Joe operated a Mobil station at the foot of “Town Hill” in Bennington. At the start of World War II he went to work at American Locomotive in Schenectady, N.Y. where he remained until the end of the war. After World War II, Joe opened Waite’s Mobil Station on Main Street that he operated for the next 26 years until he went to work as service manager at the former Williams and Bugbee automobile dealership in Bennington.

After leaving the automobile business Joe operated “Joe’s Downstairs Bar” at Mt. Anthony Country Club until the time of his retirement.

A very active member of the Bennington community for many years, Joe was a member of the Stark Hose Company, Bennington Fire Department for more than 50 years. He was a life member and past exalted ruler of Elks Lodge 567 and a life member and past Governor of Moose Lodge 1223.

During the 1950s, Joe sponsored and managed Waite’s Mobile fast pitch softball team. This team won the Vermont state championship and went on to finish as runner-up in the New England championships. A long-time member of Mt. Anthony Country Club, Joe was affectionately known as the “PR Man” at Mt. Anthony.

Joe and Reta owned a camp on South Stream Road for many years and will be remembered for their generosity in donating the use of the camp to numerous local organizations for summer picnics and clambakes.

For several winters Joe and Reta resided in Winter Haven, Fla. where they attended spring training games of their beloved Boston Red Sox.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda W. Jordan of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; a daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne and John Mook of Bennington; two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald J. and Lynn Waite of Deerfield Beach, Fla. and Gordon E. and Renate’ Waite of Roswell, Ga.; nine grandchildren, Markus, Jeromy, Kimberly, Katie and Brett Waite, Rik and Laura Jordan, Heather LaFountain and Jeff Mook; three great-grandchildren, Gavin and Miles Waite and Caroline LaFountain; two sisters, Jane Latif of Bennington and Elizabeth Strom of Farmington, Conn.; a brother, Robert Waite of Bennington; a very special friend and neighbor, Bruce Smith of Bennington; several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and cousins.

Mr. Waite was predeceased by two sisters, Evelyn Cufari and Frances Lewis.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Monday, Sept. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. when the family will be in attendance.

Private committal services will take place at the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Contributions in Joseph Waite’s memory may be made to either Warm the Children or the Bennington Rescue Squad through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

Members of the following organizations are asked to meet at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Monday evening to conduct services in memory of Joe Waite: Bennington Fire Department at 6:45 p.m. and Elks Lodge 567 at 7 p.m.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 8, 2003
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