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Maurice Stephens Winn 1920-2011 BENNINGTON Maurice Stephens Winn passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family in the home built by him and his father on Grandview Street in Bennington on February 5,2011. He was 90 years old. Born in Barnet, Vt., on May 30th, 1920, he was the son of Fred D. and Maude (Shores) Winn. He grew up in Bennington and attended Bennington public schools. In 1942 he graduated with a degree in forestry from the University of New Hampshire where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. He was commissioned, Lieutenant (j,g) into the United States Naval Air Corps in 1943. He served as a flight instructor and as a Naval Air Transport pilot during World War II. Maurice and Mescal Louise Robinson of Durham, N.H., were married in 1943 and they had made their home in Bennington since 1945. They were married for 66 years. Maurice was a devoted husband and a proud father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Rarely did he miss the opportunity to support his children and grandchildren in their academic, musical, social and athletic events. Big family gatherings were a great joy to him. He entertained his family with his witty sense of humor. His grandchildren recall his most unique way of delivering jokes. He enjoyed music and played trombone in high school, in the UNH band, and later in Bennington's American Legion marching band. And he would pace back and forth in the basement at home playing for his own satisfaction, often accompanied by his children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren. A lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Bennington, Maurice and Mescal contributed in many ways to the life of the church. A member of the National Ski Patrol, he served as a volunteer ski patroller at Prospect Mountain Ski Area for more than 20 years. He taught all eight grandchildren to ski and had the whole family out on the slopes weekend after weekend. He continued to enjoy downhill skiing into his seventies, even after major cardiac surgery. In his early career Maurice was a forester with Draper Corporation and then with Glastonbury Timberlands, managing 32,000 acres of Vermont forestland. While with Draper Corporation, he served as company pilot, flying from their base at Bennington Airport to various corporate locations in New England. Most recently, he was a self-employed land surveyor for more than 40 years. He has been recognized by the Vermont Society of Land Surveyors for service to the profession and was given Emeritus Membership, an honor given to only 4 members since the Society was formed in 1964. Maurice served the Society as secretary and treasurer as well as serving on several committees. In 2009 Maurice was honored in a resolution from the State of Vermont House of Representatives for service to the state: "His deep appreciation of the beauty of Vermont woodlands has been reflected throughout his long and illustrious career." He drew the current Bennington tax maps and might be said to know Bennington and its environs like the back of his hand. He kept pace with developing technology as surveying became a high-tech profession and continued as an active surveyor until the age of 88, then the oldest practicing surveyor in Vermont. He took a great deal of pride in his profession and was known for his precision, accuracy and integrity. It was said of him by a colleague, "Maurice Winn has taken care of and marked this land well". Maurice is survived by his daughters Gail W. (Larry) Johnson, Leslie W. (William) Johnson of Bennington, and Susan W. Finlayson of Hudson Falls, N.Y. Surviving grandchildren include Katherine Palmer, Jodi (Matthew), Beaudoin, Nathan Winn (Beth) Johnson, and Gretchen (Ben Lackey) Johnson, all of Bennington; plus, grandchildren Rebecca (David) Murphy of Cleveland, Ohio, Darrell Finlayson Jr. of Park City, Utah, and Heather Finlayson of Denver, Colo. He also leaves six great-grandchildren including Tucker and Brady Winn Beaudoin, Ian Johnson, and Brynn Lackey all of Bennington; and Evan and Collin Murphy of Cleveland, Ohio. Surviving as well are nieces, Kathy Rondinelli, Karen Fairbanks, and Patti Sullivan, nephew, James Robinson, and great-niece Elizabeth Robinson. Besides his wife Mescal and his parents, a brother Roland Winn, a sister Freda Kowaleski, and a grandson John Maurice Finlayson died before him. The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to dedicated caregivers, Tiffany Rounds, Joslin Mayhew, Darcy Volkmer, Marcy Volkmer and Rita Blais as well as gratitude to VA Clinic staff especially Stacy Whitten, Janet O'Brian and Ro Walsh and the staff and nurses of VNA and Hospice of Southwestern Vermont. Maurice's legacy will live on through his countless hours of work, land he surveyed, corner posts he set, and many drawers of official maps with his stamp, and most certainly through the unconditional love he gave everybody in his family. A colleague congratulating Maurice on the recent birth of his 6th great grandchild said, "I hope this new generation turns out just like you, with a great heart and highest of integrity; you've done well for your family, community and profession and for all of us lucky enough to have crossed your path". FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours will be Tuesday February 8 from 4 to 5 p.m., at The First Baptist Church of Bennington, followed by a service celebrating Maurice's life be directed by Rev. Jerrod Hugenot at First Baptist Church on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Following the service, the family will receive friends in Colgate Hall at the church for a time of fellowship and refreshment. Private burial with military honors will take place in Park Lawn Cemetery. If friends desire, contributions in Maurice's memory may be made to the Vermont Society of Land Surveyors Scholarship Fund at Capital Plaza 100 State Street Suite 250 Montpelier, VT 05602. To send personal e-mail condolences to the family, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME.

Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 7, 2011
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