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Marcel A. Langlais

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NORTH POWNAL -- Marcel A. Langlais, 91, a resident of Dean Road, North Pownal, died Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center following a long illness.

Born in North Adams, Mass. Nov. 3, 1912, he was the son of the late Telesphore and Ledicia (Vincent) Langlais. He received his education in the North Pownal schools.

A World War II Naval veteran, Mr. Langlais served as a motor machinists mate from Aug. 10, 1942 until Sept. 18, 1945.

Mr. Langlais married the former Vera Evans on Sept. 24, 1942. Mrs. Langlais died Aug. 17, 1971.

In earlier years Mr. Langlais was employed as a maintenance mechanic at the Pownal Tannery for 25 years and later at Weden Tanning Company in Blackinton, Mass. For many years, while still working at Weden’s, Mr. Langlais served as a security guard at Green Mountain Race Track in Pownal until the track closed.

A very active member of the Pownal community for many years, Mr. Langlais served as delinquent tax collector, first and second constable, justice of the peace and as a member of the Pownal Board of Civil Authority. During his time as a justice Mr. Dickinson opened his home on many occasions to perform wedding ceremonies.

He was also a longtime member of the Vermont State Police Auxillary, Bennington County Sheriff’s Department and was an honorary member of the Vermont Sheriff’s Association. He was a member of Mount Anthony Lodge #13, F & AM where he served as Tyler for many years. He was a member of the Zefder club of Cairo Temple AAONMS and belonged to both the York and Scottish Rites.

Mr. Langlais was both a charter member and life member of American Legion Post 90 in Pownal. He was also a charter member of the former Pownal Lions Club and had served as co-chairman of District 32, Vermont Republican Party. Mr. Langlais enjoyed many social activities and was an avid cribbage player. Survivors include a daughter, Laura E. Dickinson of North Pownal; two sons, Ernest R. Langlais of Panama City, Fla. and Alan E. Langlais of Sunderland; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his wife he was predeceased by five brothers and sisters, Irene Gardner, Telesphore, Francis, Clara and Edmond Langlais. The funeral will be held from St. Andrews Chapel in Blackinton on Friday, July 23, 2004, at 11a.m. where the burial office with the Holy Eucharist will be offered by Vicar Peter Pierson.

Friends may call at the George M. Hopkins Funeral Home in Williamstown, Mass. on Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. when the family will be in attendance.

Burial will take place in the family lot in Eastlawn Cemetery, Williamstown. Contributions in Marcel A. Langlais’ memory may be made to either the Pownal Rescue Squad or March of Dimes through the office of the George M. Hopkins Funeral Home, 61-67 Spring St., Williamstown, MA 12067.

All members of Mount Anthony Chapter 13, F & AM are asked to meet at the lodge in Bennington on Friday at 9 a.m. to go to the Hopkins Funeral Home in Williamstown to conduct services at 10 a.m.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 22, 2004
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