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Richard E. Jones Sr.

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Richard E. Jones Sr. 1925 - 2009 BENNINGTON Richard Edward Jones Sr., 84, of County Street died Sunday, May 24, 2009, at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation. He battled cancer with great spirit and mettle. Born in Plymouth, N.H., on Feb. 23, 1925, he was the first of three children for Lewis Joyson Jones and Ellen Matava Jones. Richard moved with his family to Bennington in 1930 and grew up on North Street, just south of Taylor Garage building. He received his educaiton in Bennington schools and spent all his working life in the area. He was employed in many places, including the lumber yard, machine shops, and by the power company, blasting holes for the placement of power poles from Bennington to Brattleboro. But next to his family, horses were the most important members of his life. He worked, until his retirement, for Peter Schaad, DMV, at the surgical equine clinic in Old Bennington. Dr. Schaad's Clinic catered to the thoroughbred horses that used to race at the Pownal Race Track. In his younger life, he loved to take his family fishing on his boat, take his boys hunting. He was a great artist. His waltz was especially graceful and beautiful to watch. He loved to dance, especially the waltz, on his roller skates. Richard was also a great coach. In 1948, he coached his younger brother, Earl, to the Ski-Jack Championship on Bromley Mountain. A photo of Earl in action was published on the cover of Time Magazine. Richard loved to tinker and construct useful things from other people's junk. The CB and HAM radios he used to communicate with people all over the world were built with spare parts. He was know as "pussycat KIM 4758." He enjoyed spending time at club functions. He was a member of the Eagles Club, The Moose club, The VFW and the American Legion. Richard overcame many hardships in his life; due to complications at his birth, he was not expected to survive. He contracted Polio as a small child and spent months in an Iron Lung to help him breathe. The Polio permanently crippled his hands. At the age of twelve, he was hit by a truck while he was crossing North Street. The accident cracked his skull and caused him to suffer from epilepsy for the duration of his life. At the age of 24, he broke his back, hip and leg while roller skating and his doctors thought he would need to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Fortunately, Richard was armed with an uncommon strength and determination which allowed him to ignore the doctors' prognosis. On June 14, 1958, after six years of courtship, Richard married the love of his life, Glenna LaCross. Richard leaves his wife, three children and ten grandchildren: his son, Richard II and his wife, Polly, of Palm Beach, Fla., and their children; and their children Jason and his wife, Darci, of Bennington, Lewis, Lillian and Isaac, also of Palm Beach; son, Timothy and wife, Lynette, of Bennington, with their children, Emily of Bennington and Morgan of Portland, Maine; daughter, Ida Bessette of Manchester and her children, Matthew and Jessie of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., Jessica Tobin of Manchester and Freddie Bessette of Texas. Richard was predeceased by his younger siblings, Earl Jones of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Mary Ellen Jones of Bennington, and an adopted sister, Marjory Ayers of Albany, N.Y.; by his son-in-law, Fred Bessette of Manchester, and by a special niece Josephine Jones of Albany, N.Y. FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the MAHAR and SON FUNERAL HOME. Interment will follow in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, June 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Second Chance Animal Shelter or the Special Olympics through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201. Guestbook condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net
Published in Bennington Banner from May 25 to May 28, 2009
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