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BENNINGTON -- Robert W. Cross, 71, a resident of Sunrise Terrace in Turners Falls, Mass., died on Saturday morning, June 30, 2007, following a long illness.

He was born in Shaftsbury, on Nov. 23, 1936, and was the son of the late Burton R. and Ella Mae (Potter) Cross. He received his education in Shaftsbury Schools and is a graduate of Bennington High School in 1955.

Robert served with the National Guard for nine years during peacetime.

For 29 years he was involved in horseracing as a driver at several harness tracks throughout the area. Tracks that he raced at included Green Mountain Racetrack, Scarborough Raceway, Hinsdale Raceway, Foxboro Raceway, and Rockingham Park,

He had recorded 956 wins over his career. He also enjoyed coin collecting, square dancing , reading and playing cribbage. He had recently been employed as a bus driver for senior citizens.

Robert was a member of the Turner’s Falls (Mass.) Elks Lodge and past Master of the Taconic Grange in Shaftsbury.

Survivors include two brothers, Harold Cross of Essex Junction, and Edward Cross of Shaftsbury; and one sister, Lillian Wood of Arlington; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at 3 p.m. at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., in Bennington, with the Rev. Deborah Estey, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Bennington, and Shaftsbury Methodist Church, officiating.

Interment will follow in the family lot in Center Shaftsbury Cemetery. A Time of Fellowship will follow at the Taconic Grange Hall in Shaftsbury.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions for Robert Cross may be made to the Vermont Lung Association through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 2, 2007
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