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Norman Roark


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Norman Roark

1933 - 2015 WOODFORD, VT. Norman E. Roark, 81, a resident of Route 9, died Friday May 15, 2015 at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington, VT following a brief illness. He was born in Danville, VA on October 10, 1933. He was the son of the late Ernest M. and Eliza (Foyles) Roark. Norman received his education in Virginia. From 1952 to 1956 Mr. Roark served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and for six years he served in the Reserves. While serving his country he met his future wife, Betty Carruthers, who was also serving in the Navy and they were married on April 17, 1954 in Hartford, CT. They recently celebrated 61 years of marriage. Following the service, Mr. Roark was employed as a Quality Control Supervisor at Pratt and Whitney which later became United Technologies. He retired December 25, 1989. Following his retirement, Norman and Betty moved to Woodford. Norm and Betty were founding members of the Woodford Snobusters and had held many offices throughout the years. Norm and Betty along with Pat and Jack Cofiell donated a piece of their land to the club. Norm was instrumental in helping create, maintain and groom the trails. He also served on the Governors Snowmobile Advisory Council and Safety Committee. He was a member of the Bennington Lodge of Elks # 567 and the Middletown, CT. Elks. He was also a member of both the American Legion in East Hampton, CT and Bennington, VT. Norm had volunteered as a fireman in East Hampton and over the years had donated generously to The American Red Cross. Norman was an avid golfer and was meticulous in maintaining his yard. Norman and Betty we're avid UConn Huskie fan's, they were season ticket holders for 40 years and were in attendance when the men's basketball team won their first National Championship. Survivors include his wife, Betty C. Roark of Woodford, his daughters, Mary Beth Daniels and her husband, Scott of Shaftsbury, VT and Shelly Steiner and her husband, Dick of East Haddam, CT. Eight grandchildren; Brenda Achorn and her husband, Kevin, Tyler and Todd Steiner, Amye Soboleski and Traver Steiner and Mike, Megan and Matt Roark; six great-grandchildren; Madyson and Mikayla Achorn, Mason, Holden and Merek Soboleski and Hannah Mae Roark; a brother, Thomas Roark and a sister, Martha Plessinger both of Deerfield Beach, FL along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased a son, Michael Roark and three sisters and two brothers. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held from the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Thursday May 21 at 1 p.m. Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. If friends desire contributions in memory of Mr. Roark may be made to either, the Second Chance Animal Shelter, the Vermont Veterans Activities Fund or Ones Favorite Charity through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net
Published in Bennington Banner on May 19, 2015
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