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Leroy Thomas Sr.

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Leroy Thomas, Sr. 1923-2008 BENNINGTON Leroy Edward Thomas, Sr. age 85, died on Friday, June 20, 2008, at the Albany, N.Y. Medical Center following a brief illness. Born in Bennington on June 18, 1923, son of Barlow and Cora Thomas, Leroy received his education in local schools and graduated from North Bennington High School. He had been employed by Greene's Oil Company in Bennington as a truck driver for many years. He had also been a school bus driver for the Bennington School District. He was a longtime member of the Eagles Lodge in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., and a former member of the Bennington Rural Fire Department and the Vermont Citizen Band Radio Club in Bennington. Leroy leaves a son and daughter-in-law; Leroy E. Thomas, Jr. and his wife, Roxanne, of Cambridge, N.Y.; and close friends Starlene and Bernie Taft of Petersburg, N.Y. He leaves six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and several great- grandchildren. He also leaves three nieces in Fla. and one nephew in Burlington. He also leaves his former wife, Ella Gates, of Greenwich, N.Y. and his dog "Buddy" Leroy was predeceased by four brothers: Clifton, Albert, Kenneth and Barlow; and two sisters; Ethel and Uwella Thomas. FUNERAL NOTICES: Grave-side services will be held on Monday afternoon, June 23, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the family lot in Grandview Cemetery in Shaftsbury with the Reverend Penny Rich-Smith, officiating. There are no calling hours scheduled. Memorials may be made to the Bennington Rescue Squad, 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 June 21, 2008
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