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Leo E. Ethier

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STAMFORD -- Leo E. Ethier, 59, of Main Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006, on his birthday at the North Adams [Mass.] Regional Hospital.

He was born in Milford, Mass., on Feb. 8, 1947, a son of the late Edgar and Lea (LaPierre) Ethier. He attended schools in Milford and graduated from the Nipmuc Regional High School with the class of 1964. He then obtained his B.A. in history and a minor in elementary education from North Adams State College in 1968 and then his master’s degree in education/administration from North Adams State College.

From 1968 to 1972 Mr. Ethier taught all subjects in a self-contained classroom for the combined fifth through eighth grades. In 1972 he took the position of principal and teacher of the Stamford Elementary School, a position he held at the time of his death.

He was a communicant of St. John Bosco in Stamford. He was a long-time member of the Stamford Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as an officer for 21 years and as chief of the department for four and a half years. At the last fire department meeting, he was voted honorary chief by his fellow members.

He was a member and past board member of the North Adams Country Club, where he won four senior club championships. He also recorded four holes in one at several courses. He was a former Cub Scout leader in Stamford and in his younger years was rewarded the high honor of Eagle Scout in the town of Upton, Mass. He served as an assistant civil defense director in Stamford. He was a member of the Stamford Computer Club and a member of the Community Library Planning Committee in Stamford.

He was member of the Vermont Principal Association, chairman of the Regional Standards Board of Principals and was a member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development both nationally and for the state of Vermont.

He was very proud that the Stamford Elementary School received the Golden Medallion Award given by the state of Vermont to the school that demonstrates the highest level of excellence. He enjoyed boating and was an active member of the Boat Barn Club.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Carol Ann (Contois) Ethier, whom he married June 21, 1969, in Notre Dame du Sacre Coeur Church in North Adams; two sons, Paul Ethier and his wife, Linda, of Clarksburg, Mass., and Glenn Ethier and his wife, Jennifer Macksey Ethier of North Adams; and one brother, Raymond Ethier of Upton.

Funeral services for Leo E. Ethier will take place Saturday at 8:45 a.m. at Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, followed by a liturgy of Christian burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, North Adams, Mass.

Burial will follow in the family plot in Southview Cemetery, North Adams. Calling hours at the funeral home are Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations are suggested for the Leo E. Ethier Scholarship Fund through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 10, 2006
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