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Maurice E. Pennock

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BENNINGTON -- Maurice E. Pennock, 91, of Manchester and recently Bennington, died at the Centers For Living and Rehabilitation on Monday evening, March 27, 2006. Maurice was born in Johnson on Aug. 29, 1914, the oldest son of Elbridge and Ada Warren Pennock. He grew up and graduated from high school in Middletown Springs and was always a worker. His jobs included working in sawmills in Stockbridge, Mass., and several towns in Vermont, including Chris Sweezey Lumber in Manchester and Smith Lumber in South Londonderry. He eventually went to work at Orvis, from which he retired, but continued to be a long time employee of Brewster Funeral Service in Manchester. Maurice was also proud to have served his country during World War II in the United States Army.

He married Florence Chase in Wallingford on Dec. 5, 1941, and they marked their 60th wedding anniversary before her death in 2002. Together they raised their family and enjoyed Western-style square dancing and Burr and Burton basketball. Maurice was an accomplished woodworker and did much of the work on their home. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards and berry picking, but mostly spending time with his family. He always had a joke to tell or a poem to recite from his incredible memory. He was an active member of Adoniram Chapter, Order of Eastern Star in Manchester, and Chipman Lodge, Masonic Order in Wallingford, from where he just received his 60-year membership pin.

He is survived by his devoted children, Jill and David Frost of Danby, and Judith Pennock of Bennington, as well as his beloved granddaughter, Emilee Frost of Portland, Maine. He is also survived by his sisters, Clarice Parker of Fair Haven and Jean Monroe of Florida. Maurice also leaves some special nieces and nephews, his extended family and caregivers at Twin Maples Community Care, where he lived for more than six years, and many wonderful friends who became part of his family. He was predeceased by the love of his life, Florence, and several brothers and sisters and their spouses.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 31, 2006, at 1 p.m. at Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester. Friends and family may call at Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place in Manchester, on Thursday from 4 until 7 p.m. when the family will be in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Centers for Living and Rehabilitation to provide patio furniture for the private patio which adjoins the Palliative Care room in which both Florence and Maurice died. Donations may be made in care of Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester Center, VT 05201. For directions or to send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the care of Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place, Manchester Center.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 29, 2006
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