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Robert M. Gerity 1932-2010 BENNINGTON Robert M. Gerity, 78, a resident of Bradford Street, Bennington, died Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center following a brief illness. Born in Bennington September 27, 1932, he was the son of the late Earl J. Gerity Sr. and the former Eva Waters Gerity. Bob received his education in the Bennington schools. A veteran of the Korean Conflict, Bob served in the U.S. Army from February 1953 to December 1954. Bob married the former Ramona Harrington on February 12, 1954 at the Potter Hill Methodist Church. In earlier years Bob was employed by Ruskin Movers in Bennington. He later worked for the YMCA for 15 years during which time he was responsible for acquiring both new and used toys which he assembled, repaired, painted and helped distribute to many needy children during the Christmas season. Bob later worked for the Town of Bennington for 26 years until his retirement in 1992. Bob also served for many years as a special officer on the Bennington Police Department. Bob was a devoted family man who enjoyed time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. An avid sportsman; Bob especially enjoyed fishing and hunting and also enjoyed doing puzzles and walking. Survivors include his wife, Ramona I. Gerity of Bennington; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert E. and Tammy J. Gerity of Shaftsbury; three daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia A. and Christopher A. Gallant of Bennington, Linda L. and Bradley C. Pero of White Creek, N.Y. and Anne M. and William B. Bakaitis of Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren, Ashley L. Walker and her husband Justin, Brian C. Pero, Christopher J. Gallant, Amie M. Pero, Robert J. Gerity, Brittany A. Bakaitis, Tanner J. Gerity, Brianna M. Bakaitis, Garrett J. Gerity, Brooke L. Bakaitis, Rebecca J. Gerity, Bethany M. Bakaitis, and Bridget M. Dearstyne; three great-grandchildren, Samantha R. Greene, Laikin M. Gallant and Issac W. Diaz; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank and Ann Gerity of Beaumont, Texas, Douglas and Margaret Gerity of Bennington and Earl J. Gerity Jr. of Bennington; a brother-in-law, Raymond Harrington, of Potter Hill, N.Y.; and a sister-in-law, Helen Rock of Pownal; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Bob was predeceased by a brother, Donald E. Gerity. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Mr. Gerity will be held at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Robin Greene officiating. Friends may call at the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. Should friends desire memorial contributions in Robert M. Gerity's memory may be made to the Mahar & Son Funeral Home through the funeral home office at 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. These funds will be used by the family to host a fishing derby in honor of Bob's love for fishing. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net

Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 25, 2010
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