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Raymond Betit

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Raymond P. Betit 1924-2011 BENNINGTON Raymond P. Betit, 86, a resident of Imperial Ave., in Bennington died Wednesday January 19, 2011 at his residence surrounded by his family following a brief illness. Born at the family home at 236 Mill Street in Bennington April 28, 1924, Ray was the son of the late Adjutor and Rose Emma (Roi) Betit. He was a 1939 graduate of Sacred Heart School and a 1943 graduate of Bennington High School. He later attended Johnson State College where in 1983 he graduated with a business degree. On July 26, 1943. Ray enlisted in the US Army and was discharged in August of 1948. During this time Ray served 6 months of active duty in Germany and was stationed in Japan for 18 months during the occupation. Upon returning to the States Ray used his GI benefits to attend Boston School of Anatomy and Embalming in Boston, Mass. Following graduation he became a licensed embalmer and funeral director in both Massachusetts and Vermont. Ray continued his education at Fisher Junior College in Boston where he studied business while working as office manager at Eastman Funeral Service in Boston. Ray married the former Kathleen Mary O'Sullivan at St. Cecelia's Church in Boston on September 23, 1950. Mrs. Betit died January 1, 2005. In 1954 Mr. and Mrs. Betit returned to Bennington where Ray accepted the job as manager of the Gibney Funeral Home while also working at Madkour's Central Market. Shortly thereafter Ray became associated with the late James Walbridge in the insurance business and shortly thereafter he founded the Raymond P. Betit Insurance Agency and, together with Robert E. Cummings and the late Michael J. Hogan Jr., formed B.C.H. Realty, Inc. In 1966, together with his nephew, Ray purchased the E.A. French Insurance Agency in North Adams. A long time member of the Democratic Party, Ray served as Bennington Lister from 1956 until 1966. He also served two terms as village auditor and four terms as a Justice of the Peace. For many years he served as guardian of several elderly and disabled members of the community. A devout member of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church, Ray served as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, member of the Parish Council and chairperson of the former Sacred Heart Parish Building Commission. A member of the Knights of Columbus Council 307 since 1947, he was also a member of the Fourth Degree Assembly and a past Faithful Navigator. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 13 and VFW Post 1332 in Bennington. Survivors include four daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen M. and Andrew Yen of Ithaca, N.Y., Elizabeth A. and Michael Turner of Greensboro, N.C., Mary Ellen and Dennis Keresey of Ridgefield, Conn., and Eileen P. and B. Hudson Riehle of Alexandria, Va.; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Betit-Yen, Christopher Betit-Yen, Thomas E. Betit-Yen, Emily K. Turner-Bolch, Maxwell Turner , Sean and Brendan Keresey , B. Hudson Riehle Jr. and Bradley P. Riehle; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held from the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Monday January 24, 2011 at 11 a.m. with a prayer and then from Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church at 11:30 a.m., where the Mass of Christian Burial will be offered. The burial with military honors will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Sunday Jan. 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. If friends desire contributions in memory of Raymond P. Betit may be made to either, the Bennington Rescue Squad, Sacred Heart School or the Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201

Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 20, 2011
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