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Paul W. Bohne Jr.

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BENNINGTON -- Paul W. Bohne Jr., 81, passed away on Saturday, June 26, 2004 at Southwest Vermont Medical Center of complications following a stroke. He was born in Townshend on Oct. 12, 1922, the son of Paul and Ethel (Vincent) Bohne.

He is survived by his wife, Muriel, whom he married on Dec. 2, 1940. He leaves two sons, Paul III and his wife Nancy of Shelburne; Keith and his dear friend Gina McGlinchey, of Westford, Mass.; a daughter Karen Judge of Bennington and a daughter-in-law Nancy Ringholm Bohne of Westford. He leaves five grandchildren, Lisa Bohne of Lyndeboro, N.H.; Jill Bohne Davis of Shelburne; Paul Bohne IV and his wife Cynthia of Bethesda, Md.; Lorin Hill and her huband Bob of Groton, Mass.; and Jeff Bohne of Lowell, Mass.

He also leaves six great-grandchildren, Stuart and Haley Davis, Alexandria Goullaud, Madison and Whitney Bohne and Carter Hill.

Paul is survived by four siblings, Betty Douglas and her husband Robert of Shoreham, Esther “Cherry” Bohne of Goose Creek, S.C., Marion Andrew and her husband Andy of Bennington, Jim Bohne and his wife Joe of Ayhalia, Miss.; and many nieces and nephews.

Paul lived most of his life in Bennington and was fiercely proud of being a “native.” He was educated in Springfield schools. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1955, following his service in the Naval Reserve in the Pacific Arean during World War II.

He was employed by Uniroyal Inc. as a field supervisor in research and development of agricultural chemicals where he earned the reputation of getting the job done no matter what obstacles were presented. This was a trait that continued during all his life. He returned to Vermont in 1963 when he and his wife purchased Harwood Orchards from his parents. He retired from Uniroyal in 1991 after 37 years of employment.

Paul had many interests, the greatest being orcharding and gardening. He was a lifetime member and past president of the Vermont Horticultural Society and an advocate for ongoing research that would benefit apple growers in their work. He was also a lifetime member of the Northeast Apple Society.

He was also an avid skier and was a member of the “Over 80 Club” at Bromley Mountain Ski Area. He enjoyed fishing and hunting in his earlier years and always loved nature and being in the great outdoors.

Blessed with a pleasant, bass-baritone voice, Paul was a church choir member wherever he lived. He was a faithful member of the Bennington Choral Society, where he performed many solos in the various oratorios presented by the group.

Paul was a member of the Second Congregational Church in Bennington, where he once served as chairman of the music committee, a member of the board of trustees and was always ready to lend a hand in any activity.

He enthusiastically supported his wife Muriel in her artistic endeavors and was a member of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center corridor art gallery committee.

Paul was an active member of the Republican Party and served on the local, county and state level. He was elected to the Bennington Board of Civil Authority and especially enjoyed his duties as a justice of the peace. He made many friends of the couples he married.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Friday, July 2 at 2 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church in Bennington. There are no calling hours. Memorial gifts may be made to the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201. To send condolences to the family, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 28, 2004
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