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Mr. Lawrence Robert Glass

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Lawrence R. Glass
1939 - 2009
ARLINGTON, VT - Mr. Lawrence Robert Glass, 69, a resident of Jasper Lane, died unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, in Florida, where he had recently retired.
Born in Boston on Sept. 2, 1939, son of Parker and Anne MacGregor Glass, he attended Silver Lake High School in Kingston, Mass.
He then entered the Air Force, where he served for two years. Following the Air Force, he became a brother of the Catholic faith, serving with the Holy Cross order at the former Noviciate in Bennington, which is now Southern Vermont College.
He later became a farrier, working mainly at the Green Mountain Race Track in Pownal. He had also done blacksmithing and iron work, which led him to establish the CGR Compacting Company in North Adams, Mass., specializing in nuclear waste containers. He had also worked as an accountant at H.M. Tuttle Co. and Oak Industries in Hoosick Falls, N.Y.
He retired from working full time at CGR and for the past several years had worked in the funeral business for Shea Funeral Homes at Brewster Funeral Service, Hanson-Walbridge, and Covey & Allen, all in Southern Vermont. He had a passion for helping others and would give his time generously to console the bereaved and dying, both in their homes and in area nursing homes.
Larry was a dedicated member of The Federated Church of East Arlington, a member of the Men's Group of the church and had established, through the group, fundraisers for the Happy Days Play School, including "Gary's Fund." With Larry's love of cooking, the group was able to help support Happy Days. Larry was an avid kayaker and enjoyed spending time on the water reading a new book or leading a group down a river.
He leaves his companion and best friend of 20 years, Barbara Benjamin of Arlington and Florida; daughters, Allison Glass of Boston, Meredith Schwartz of Frenchtown, N.J., and Gwendolyn Glass of Raleigh, N.C.; sisters, Eleanor Taylor of Lady Lake, Fla., Joanne Egnor of Clearwater, Fla., and Alice Sunnerburg of Grafton, N.H.; granddaughters, Ayla and Talia Schwartz, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a brother, William Glass.
FUNERAL NOTICE: The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary's Church. A prayer service will precede the mass at the Arlington Chapel of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home at 9:30 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow the mass in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery.
An uplifting service to celebrate his life and honor his legacy will take place later that afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Federated Church of East Arlington.
Friends may call at the Arlington Chapel on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. when the family will be present.
Should friends desire, gifts may be made in his memory to Gary's Fund in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 528, Arlington, VT 05250. To send personal e-mail condolences to the family, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, 2009
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