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Ray L. Crosier

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SHAFTSBURY -- Ray L. Crosier, 92, a former longtime resident of Route 67, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004, at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.

Born in Bennington May 16, 1912, he was the son of the late William M. and Mary Louise (Flynn) Crosier. Ray received his education in the Bennington schools. In 1928, Ray worked on the construction of the first concrete road in Southern Vermont, Route 7 between Pownal and Bennington. In 1930, Ray enrolled in the Vaughn Barber College in Albany and later went to work for his brother Clarence at his barbershop in Manchester. In 1930, Ray and Clarence moved the shop to North Street in Bennington, where Ray worked for the next 47 years until his retirement in May 1977. A World War II Army veteran, Ray served at Okinawa in the South Pacific.

Ray married the former Helen Colvin on May 3, 1937 at the North Bennington Baptist Church. Mrs. Crosier died May 10, 1993.

Ray was an active member of the North Bennington Fire Department for 30 years and was presented with a life membership. In 1965, Ray joined the Bennington Rescue Squad, where he continued to volunteer for the next 16 years until retiring in 1981.

Ray was one of the original members of RSVP in Bennington and also was a member of AARP. He was a longtime Red Cross volunteer at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Ray was a past president of both the Bennington Rod and Gun Club and the Bennington Club and a lifetime member of American Legion Post 13 in Bennington. A longtime member of the North Bennington Baptist Church, he served as church treasurer for 18 years. He also was former treasurer of the North Bennington Fire Department and the Good Sam Green Mountain Travelers.

A life member of the National Rifleman’s Association, Ray enjoyed spending time at his camps on Somerset Reservoir, Lake Hortonia and on Pownal Mountain. Ray enjoyed spending time with his family, playing cribbage in Woodford, building boats, bowling and dancing.

Survivors include his beloved companion, Nancy Allen of Bennington; two daughters, Cheryl King of Shaftsbury and Debra Rice and her husband Steven of Bainbridge, N.Y.; three sons and their wives, William and Elizabeth Crosier, Andrew and Theresa Crosier and Ray C. and Julie Crosier, all of Shaftsbury; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Crosier of Shaftsbury; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Eva McLenithan of Clifton Park, N.Y.; and several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and cousins. In addition to his wife, Ray was predeceased by a son, Ronald W. Crosier, and by eight brothers and sisters, Walter, Andrew, Clarence, Mabel, Mildred, Belle, Florence and Julia.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Friday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m., with the Rev. John Foster, chaplain of the Vermont Veterans Home, officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., when the family will be in attendance.

Burial will take place in the family lot in Grandview Cemetery, North Bennington.

Contributions in Ray L. Crosier’s memory may be made to the activities fund at the Vermont Veterans Home through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 20, 2004
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