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Martin W. Percey Jr.

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BENNINGTON -- Funeral services for Martin W. Percey Jr. were held from All Faiths Chapel at the Vermont Veterans Home on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, where the Mass of resurrection was offered by the Rev. Michael A. Demasi, chaplain.

Organist was Louise Gauthier and soloist was Monica Murray. Hymns offered during the service were “On Eagles’ Wings,” “The Prayer of St. Francis,” “I Am the Bread of Life” and “Song of Farewell.”

The funeral pall that draped the casket during the funeral Mass was placed by Bill Hurley and John Mahar. A wooden cross was then placed on the casket by Alex Mahar. The scriptural readings were offered by the Rev. John Foster of the Vermont Veterans Home. The offertory gifts were presented by Alex Mahar and Bill Hurley. Acolyte was John Mahar.

An honor guard from the North Bennington Fire Department escorted former Chief Martin Percey’s casket to the cemetery. The procession was led by the Vermont State Police and Mr. Percey’s casket was carried to the cemetery on a truck from the North Bennington Fire Department.

Bearers were George “Nick” Harrington, Thomas Meehan, Paul Becker, Darrell Smith, Alex and John Mahar and Bill Hurley.

Wednesday evening the wake service was offered at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home by Father Demasi. Members of VFW Post 1332, American Legion Post 13, Moose Lodge 1223 and Eagles Aerie 1861 all offered their services. Several members of fire departments throughout Bennington County joined to conduct services at the funeral home. Members of the Class of 1939 from North Bennington High School paid their respects to the family.

Burial took place in the family lot at Grandview Cemetery with Father Demasi offering the committal prayers. The fireman’s prayer was offered by fireman Glenn Ferguson from North Bennington. Military honors were accorded the veteran of the Korean Conflict by members of the Vermont Military Funeral Honor Guard team from Camp Johnson. The firing squad was composed of Sgt. Rogers, Specs. Kavanaugh and Crowe. Taps was sounded by Spec. Pagan. Flag folders were Sgt. Irish and Spec. Barnes. Presentation of the flag was made by Capt. Trudell to Thomas Meehan, commander of VFW Post 1332, who then presented the flag to Mr. Percey’s longtime companion, Mary C. Allard. The funeral precession paused in North Bennington for the ringing of the fire alarm in Chief Percey’s honor.

A reception was held at the VFW post in Bennington following the funeral service. Mr. Percey, a resident of North Street, Bennington, and a former longtime resident of North Bennington, died Nov. 26, 2005, in Bennington.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, 2005
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