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Robert G. Keir

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HUNTINGTON -- Robert G. Keir, 81, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, surrounded by his family. He was born April 23, 1923, in Whitefield, N.H., the son of Harold and Elsie (Berry) Keir. He was a graduate of Whitefield High School, class of 1941. He also attended Cornell University.

He married Gladys G. Gemmell in Colebrook, N.H., on June 10, 1944. Bob and Gladys made their home in Canaan in the 1940s and 1950s. They and their three children moved to Salisbury and then to Bennington in the 1960s. In 1967, they moved to Roxbury where they lived for 33 years. In 2000, they moved to Huntington to reside near their son.

Throughout his long career with the Vermont Fish and Game Department, Bob worked at the state fish hatcheries in Canaan and Salisbury and was manager at the Bennington and Roxbury hatcheries. He advanced to management positions in the main office in Montpelier where he worked until his retirement in December 1984.

Bob was active in many church activities and offices wherever he lived. In Canaan, he was town constable, civil defense chief, school board member and high school basketball coach and, in Bennington, he coached youth baseball for many years. As a resident of Roxbury, he was fire chief and a select board member and trustee at the Congregational Church. First and foremost, Bob loved to be with his family. He especially loved hunting, golfing, sugar-making and gardening and was an avid Red Sox fan.

Survivors include his devoted wife of 60 years, Gladys of Huntington; three children and their spouses, James and Patty Keir of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Robin and Bill James of Pownal and Duncan and Megs Keir of Huntington; also six grandchildren, Bryan and Kristin Keir, Bill and Scott James and Miranda and Jane Keir.

He was predeceased by three brothers.

There are no calling hours. A funeral service celebrating Bob’s life will be held Friday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. at the Roxbury Congregational Church in Roxbury. Burial the following day will be at the Maple Wood Cemetery in Huntington. Donations in his memory may be made to Richmond Rescue, Richmond, VT 05477 or to The Visiting Nurse Assoc., Colchester, VT 05446. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Kingston Funeral Home of Northfield.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 7, 2004
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