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Richard "Dickie" Mattison

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BENNINGTON -- Funeral services for Richard “Dickie” Mattison were held from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church Wednesday, Sept. 8, where the liturgy of Christian death and burial was offered by the Rev. Vincent Coppola, c.s.c., associate pastor.

Organist was Donald McMahon and soloist was Monica Murray. Hymns offered during the funeral Mass were “Amazing Grace,” “On Eagles’ Wings,” “Song of Farewell” and “Here I Am Lord.”

The funeral pall that covered Dickie’s casket was placed by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Donald and Esther Bogardus and Harold and Marie Legacy. A wooden cross was placed on the pall by a great-nephew, Scott R. Legacy II. The scriptural readings were offered by Damian Legacy, a great-nephew, and Amber and Brinkley Legacy, great-nieces. The offertory gifts were presented by a niece and three nephews, Terry Loomis, Curtis Bogardus, Scott and Shawn Legacy. Words of remembrance were offered by Marie Legacy and a nephew, Shawn Legacy. Acolytes were Leonard Anzivino, Gerald Amadon, Val Clifford and John Reed.

Bearers were Derrick Tienken, Daniel Pierce, Robert Andrew, Daniel Hier, Ronald Elwell, Timothy Brown and Alexander Mahar.

A prayer service at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home preceded the funeral Mass. A favorite song of Dickie’s, “Danny Boy,” was also played during the prayer service.

Tuesday evening, Father Coppola offered the wake service at the funeral home. In attendance at the services were members of the Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team and representatives and former players of both the American Legion Post 13 and Mount Anthony baseball teams.

Burial took place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery, with Father Coppola offering the committal prayers.

A reception for family and friends followed the service at the Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales parish center.

Richard “Dickie” Mattison, a resident of Silver Street, Bennington, died Sept. 3, 2004 at Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home.
Published in Bennington Banner from Sept. 6 to Sept. 9, 2004
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