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Joseph Michael Lumsden

1970 - 2014 BENNINGTON Joseph Michael Lumsden, age 44, a resident of Frost Drive in Bennington died on September 25, in Bennington. He was born in Bronx, N.Y. on May 28, 1970, and was raised in Cabot, Vt. Joseph entered the Navy in December 1987, and retired from the Navy in July 2007. Over these many years Joseph has exemplified many Naval standards, starting in July 1987 aboard the USS Dale as a Medical Department Representative, where he was charged with ensuring crew readiness for deployment. He followed this assignment by being transferred to Brunswick, Maine where he was stationed from August 1991 until March 1995 as a liaison officer to Naval Air Station Public Works, and volunteered as the Combined Federal Campaign Fund Drive key person, often achieving 120% of his goal. Joseph was re-assigned to Keflavik, Iceland in March of 1995, to find cost savings measures, and restructure the Supply Department at the station. He returned stateside in June 1996 and reported to Newport R.I. Naval Station, where he was the Leading Petty Officer in the Care Plus Team. He managed one of the busiest clinics with the largest number of staff, and care to over 1,000 patients monthly. Joseph left Newport in August 1999 and took an assignment aboard the USS Nassau as the Leading Preventative Medical Technician, where he trained and supervised eighteen medical staff on daily operations. He trained 500 crew members on health benefits and first aid wound care. His next and last assignment took him to the Naval Station at Groton, Conn. where he was the Leading Petty Officer in the Preventative Medicine Department. He was noted as an outstanding instructor, who taught 2600 submarine school students in preventative medicine, and hygiene. During his twenty years in the service he received numerous Military Awards and Citations. Joseph was certified as a Preventative Medicine Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, American Red Cross Certified HIV/STD Instructor, Field Medical Service Technician and Emergency Vehicle Instructor. He also graduated from Southern Vermont College in December 2011, with a Bachelor of Science Degree, Liberal Arts/Minor: History and Politics. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Bennington Post#1332, and represented Bennington as their delegate to the National Convention in Indianapolis in August 2010. He represented the State of Vermont at the National Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. in March 2011 as a member of the National Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans Committee, as a result of this conference he was one of four invited to the National Head Quarters in Kansas City, Mo. to outline topics related to Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans. He developed an internship between the college and the Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars that allowed non-stop interaction between himself and the general public addressing veterans concerns. He returned to Washington, D.C. on March 2012 as Vermont Iraq/Afghanistan representative and was invited to join Congressman Peter Welch the following week in Rutland to address veterans, concerns. Joseph was elected Commander of the VFW Post#6471 in Manchester Center, Vt. for the 2011-2012 year and he represented Vermont at the National Convention in July 2012 in Reno, Nev. He truly enjoyed volunteering with the VFW. Joe was a true gentleman with a generous heart. He was a very social person, engaging in conversation and even a good debate. After his college graduation, he dedicated most of his time turning his beloved hunting camp into an organic garlic farm. He paired this by starting a free campground, with the vision of giving Veterans a place to reconnect with families. He appropriately names it "My Escape Farm." Joe also loved history, antiquing, thrift shopping, and traveling. His most recent trip was to South America where he hiked Machu Picchu. Survivors include his father, Wayne Lumsden and his wife, Ramona, of Cabot, Vt.; a son Ryan and his wife, Natasha, of Barre, Vt.; three brothers, John Lumsden and his wife, Robin, of Highgate Center, Vt., Matt Lumsden of Essex Junction, Vt., and Allan Lumsden and his wife, Laura, of Rochester Hills, Mich. Joseph has one sister, Jennifer Devenger and her husband, Bruce, of Hardwick, Vt. He leaves his companion, Carly Bacon, of Bennington; and two grandchildren, six nephews, and one niece. He leaves many friends from Key West to Texas and especially the ones from the VFW in Bennington. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. at the MAHAR AND SON FUNERAL HOME, in Bennington. Interment will follow in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph, Vt. at 1 p.m. where military honors will be offered. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday morning, From 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Star Mothers of Vermont, or the Green Mountain Vietnam-Era Veterans Assistance Corporation (GMVEVAC) through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201. Guestbook condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net


Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 29, 2014
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