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Richard Babcock

1921 - 2010 BENNINGTON, VT Richard O. Babcock, 88, a resident of Beech Street, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Feb. 18, 2010, after a brief illness at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

Born in Pownal on Dec. 15, 1921, son of Charles H. Babcock and Flossie Robare Babcock, he lived on the family farm in Pownal until he moved to Bennington in 1962.

Richard attended school in Pownal on Niles School Road. He was employed at the Berkshire Fine Spinning Co. in Greylock, Mass., from 1941 to 1943. He then moved on to Sprague Electric Co. in North Adams, Mass., from 1943 to 1948 and finally settled in with Bijur Lubricating Co. in Bennington from 1948 to 1987, where he retired at the age of 65.

Richard enjoyed playing the piano and guitar in a band with his brothers throughout the Bennington area for many years. He enjoyed old cars, hunting, fishing and gardening.

Richard leaves his longtime caregiver and friend of 25 years, Robert F. Baker of Bennington, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by one sister, Stella M. Buckley of North Adams, Mass., and three brothers, Frank A. Babcock of Clarksburg, Mass., Fred W. and Harold I. Babcock of Bennington.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME with the Rev. Matthew Bowles, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m. when the family will be present. Burial will take place in the Hoosick Rural Cemetery in Hoosick, NY.

If friends desire, memorial gifts may be made to the Bennington Rescue Squad in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

To send personal e-mail condolences. Please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, Bennington, VT.

Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 19, 2010
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