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MONROE, Mass. -- Kenneth Edward Tower, 71, of Main Road, died Saturday April 30, 2005, at the North Adams Regional Hospital where he was admitted on April 27, 2005, following a brief illness. He was born in North Adams, on May 21, 1933, a son of the late Lewis Henry Tower and Ellen Anna (Schmall) Tower. He was a lifelong resident of the Town of Monroe and was educated in the Monroe schools. He began his working career with the Monroe Highway Department and later was employed with the former Hathaway Saw Mill in Monroe. Still later, he was employed with the former Readsboro Chair Shop in Readsboro, Vt. and before his retirement in 1988, he was last employed with the town of Monroe Highway Department for 17 years.

He was a former member of the South Readsboro Community Center in South Readsboro, Vt.

Mr. Tower is survived by his wife of 14 years, the former Ella Susan Robinson whom he married on Oct. 18, 1980, in the First Congregational Church of North Adams; one daughter, Mrs. Karen Lescarbeau of Readsboro; two sons, George Edward Tower and Ronald Kenneth Tower of Readsboro; three grandchildren and two great-grandsons; five stepdaughters, Constance Blanchette and Judith Bliss, of the state of Florida, Donna Bulshey of the town of Florida, Brenda Shingledecker of Agawam, and Lisa Finney of Klin, Miss.; one stepson, Richard E. Bliss Jr. of Akron, Ohio; three sisters, Priscilla Thayer of Readsboro, Bethal Alex and Leona May Jones of Greenfield; two brothers, Harold L. Tower of Adams, and Henry H. Tower of North Adams; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Mrs. Shirley Bennett and Helen May Tower in infancy in 1928.

Funeral services for Kenneth E. Tower will take place Wednesday, May 11, 2005, at 11 a.m. at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 5211 West Main St., North Adams.

The Rev. Harold Lloyd Jr., former pastor of the First Congregational Church of North Adams, will officiate.

Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery.

Calling hours at the funeral home are Tuesday, May 3, 2005 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Donations are suggested in his memory through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 2, 2005
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