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Maxim William (Max) Firth

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BENNINGTON -- Capt. Maxim William Firth, U.S. Navy retired, died on Sept. 3, 2002 at the age of 94. Max was born in Bennington on June 22, 1908. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1931 and was a line officer in the U.S. Navy from 1931 until 1960, serving afloat in surface ships. During World War II he commanded the USS. Spry and the USS. Flaherty in the Atlantic Theatre; Escort Division 37 and the US. Claxton in the Pacific Theatre. For service on the Claxton, he was awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Medal. After World War II he had duty in the Navy Department, serving as executive on the USS Toledo staff Atlantic Division Six, staff commander U.S. Naval Forces to Germany; commanding USS Estes and commanding officer Administrative Command, U.S. Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey Calif.

After retiring in 1960 from the Navy, Max moved to San Rafael in 1961 and attended San Francisco State University of California, Berkeley, University of Portland and Dominican College to acquire teaching credentials. He enjoyed teaching chemistry at San Rafael Military Academy from 1961 to 1968 and chemistry and physics at Katherine Branson School from 1970 to 1972.

Fishing, furniture refinishing, cooking and gardening were his hobbies.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 18 years, Juanetta Younglove-Firth and her daughter Sandra; his brother Richard Firth and wife Elizabeth of Lake Wales, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Lola Firth, and niece Martha Markrian of Snyder, N.Y.; a nephew, William Firth Jr. of Shippensburg, N.J.; and many grandnieces and nephews.

In accordance with Max’s wishes there will not be any services.

Local details were overseen by the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 14, 2004
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