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Meredith W. "Chick" Newman 1922-2012 BENNINGTON, VT - Meredith W. "Chick" Newman, 90, a longtime resident of Imperial Avenue, died suddenly Wednesday, May 17, 2012, at his home. Born in Ventura Calif., on February 25, 1922, he was the son of Catherine and Lamar Newman. Chick attended Ventura College until he joined the Navy in 1942. He was commissioned as Ensign and Naval Aviator in 1943, became an Instrument Flight Instructor in 1944, and flew the PBY Seaplane for Anti-submarine Patrols in 1945. He was called up again in 1950 and served as Patrol Plane Commander in the Korean theatre. Between 1955 and 1979, he served in the Navy Ready Reserve, retiring as Lieutenant Commander in 1982. While on reserve status, he flew for California Central Airlines and served as pilot and sales engineer for Martin Decker Corp. Then, for 25 years, he worked for Western Electric as quality control engineer, based first in California, then North Carolina and New Jersey, and finally in Massachusetts, where he took early retirement in 1979 to return to his passion - flying and teaching others to fly. He finally fulfilled his retirement dream and qualified to become a flight instructor, at both the Bennington, Vt. airport and the North Adams, Mass., airport. He joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1980, was designated Major as instructor, chief pilot, and squadron executive officer, and served as Vermont Wing Commander at Lieut. Commander rank in 1987 and 1988. Chick was married to Betty Ann Higgins from 1946 until her death in 1975. He subsequently married Lea Bertani Vozar at Sacred Heart Church in Bennington. He was predeceased by his sister, Carolyn, and his brother, Kenneth. He is survived by Lea, his wife of 36 years, and his two daughters: Monica Newman and her partner Michael Brown, and Meredith Maroni and her husband Henry, as well as two grandsons, Sean Maroni and Evan Maroni. He also leaves Lea's five children, Cam, Donna, Linda, Mary and Bob, her nine grandchildren, and her seven great-grandchildren. All are a part of his extended family who will sorely miss him - and his unique sense of humor. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church on Monday, May 21 at 10 a.m. where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered. Military honors will take place at the church at the close of the service. Burial will follow at the Clarksburg Cemetery on Henderson Road in Clarksburg, Massachusetts.

Published in Bennington Banner from May 17 to May 19, 2012
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