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Noble Levesque Sr.

1941-2012 SHAFTSBURY Noble Levesque Sr., age 70, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on August 22, 2012, following a four-month battle with cancer.

Noble was born September 10, 1941, in Van Buren, Maine to Claude and Anita Levesque. He graduated from Van Buren Boys' High in 1959 and from East Coast Aero Tech in 1960.

In 1961, with his father, he bought Baker's Machine Shop in Van Buren, and began manufacturing farm equipment, gears, and sprockets. In Van Buren, Noble served as Chairman of the Town Council, was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, served as Deputy District Governor of the Lions' Club, and was a member of the Jaycees. In 1977, Noble sold Baker's to United States Tsubakimoto, and moved to Shaftsbury, Vt., to manage a Tsubakimoto plant -UST Bennington­ for eight years. In 1985, Noble bought Poly Two Press, where he created and published "Working People" magazine. From 1989 until his retirement in 2003, he managed and expanded the precast/prestressed concrete division for William E. Dailey, Inc.

In his retirement, Noble was committed to his volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity and enjoyed playing golf, travelling, and spending time with family and friends. The Bennington Habitat for Humanity will present the Noble Levesque Memorial Award annually to a volunteer who has contributed exemplary service constructing Habitat homes.

Noble married Elizabeth (Betty) Alosso on August 4, 1962. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their six children and 14 grandchildren. Through the years, he and Betty enjoyed cheering for their children and then their grandchildren from the sidelines. Noble will be remembered most for his commitment and love for his wife and family, his faith in the Lord, his enjoyment of singing and playing his guitar, his work ethic, his craftsmanship, his ability to design, build and fix just about anything, his sense of humor, and his competitive spirit on the golf course.

Noble is survived by Betty; by his sisters and their spouses, Geralda and Roger Cyr of Bowerbank, Maine, and Claudette and Hale Bartley also of Bowerbank; by his six children and their spouses: Deborah Levesque-Banks and Dennis Banks of Hope Valley, R.I., Noble and Patricia Levesque of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Susan and James Altland of North Bennington, Vt., Andrea and William Hogan of Shaftsbury, Vt., David and Tammy Levesque of Meredith, N.H., and Nicole and Mark Andres of Pensacola, Fla.; and by his 14 grandchildren: Devin P., Ryan and Paige Levesque, Alex, Nicholas, Emily, and Elyse Altland, Cody and Keira Hogan, Jordan Levesque, and Gabrielle, Ezra, Chloe, and Micah Andres.

The family wishes to thank members of Noble's medical team for their outstanding care and compassion, especially Dr. Marisa Friscia and her staff, Dr. Orion Howard and nurse, Linda Brown, the ER and Two East teams at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, and the staff from Bayada Home Health and Hospice.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A celebration of Noble's life will be held at Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church in Bennington, VT at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 25. A reception will follow at the Saint Francis Parish Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Bennington Habitat for Humanity through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

Guest book condolencees may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.



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Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 24, 2012
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