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Robert McWaters

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Robert McWaters

1925 - 2015 NORTH BENNINGTON Robert James McWaters, 90, a resident of Polygraphic Lane, died Sunday, July 19, 2015 at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington. Born in the Bronx, NYC, on May 15, 1925, he was the only son of Gertrude A. (Kessler) and James McWaters. His early schooling was in New York City public schools, P.S. 36 in the Bronx, and at The New York School of Printing in Manhattan. He married Jeanne Adine Velon, daughter of Josephine (Muck) and Henri Velon on May 20, 1950 in Pelham, NY. They had five children. Two, Scott and Robert Henri died in early childhood. Robert served almost three years during WWII in the Navy Seabees in the South and Western Pacific. He served at such disparate locations, as Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands with the 11th NCB; was transferred to the 33rd. NCB then on Banika Island in the Russell's when that battalion returned from rest leave in New Zealand. The next operation was Green Island in the Nissan's. With the securing of Green Island by New Zealanders, the 33rd. 37th and 93rd NCBs started construction on the airfield, roads and necessary camps. A short stay, and then a return to Pavuva in the Solomons for attachment to the 3rd. Marine Amphibious Corp. for the next operation, Peleliu, in the Western Carolinas. When local circumstances became more secure in the Palaus, the original members of the 33rd NCB, after 28 months of continuous service in the Pacific, were sent home. A transfer to CBMU 571 came next. He returned to the States in October, 1945 reporting to the Philadelphia Naval Hospital from where he was discharged in February, 1946. He is a life member of the DAV. After WWII he attended the Rochester Institute of Technology's accelerated 12 month a year program, graduating in 1948 with a degree in Printing Management. He worked in several printing establishments in and around New York City, including Sanborn Map Company. In 1956 he and his family moved to North Bennington where he was employed by the Polygraphic Color Lithographic Corp. in North Bennington, a offset film stripper. In the mid 1960's he was the Printing Plant Superintendent under VP, Jim Davis. When Polygraphic closed, he went to work for Lithocraft of New England, a fine arts lithographic reproduction firm in Stamford, CN. On returning to Vermont he was employed at Thompson Printers in Manchester Center, VT. Later he joined a group of Poly Alumni who had earlier formed Poly Two Press, then located in the BBIC building in North Bennington. He retired in 1985. His personal interests included his family, neighbors, keeping his property up, Village History and Naval History. He had an extended Naval Library. He was a Star Trekki from day one. In earlier times he had an extensive HO RR layout. His time spent gardening, especially with raising berries, gave him the opportunity to think of the broader world around him. Working along with Harold Shepard he was active in both Cub and Boy Scouting. A great experience was in 1965, taking a group of Vermont Boy Scouts including his son, Alan, to Philmont Camp in New Mexico. For many years he was a volunteer at SVMC inputting computer data for several departments. Rob, as he was known, was active in North Bennington Village affairs. He was a Village Trustee for 13 years, Planning Commissioner for over 29 years. In the period between 1989 and 1992, he was instrumental in updating both the Village Master Plan and Zoning Bylaws and was working on the year 2000 updates. He was also in the process of updating and codifying much of the Village Ordinances. He created a series of historical monographs from materials in his computer files on the various areas of village Government and its people in order to give future historians starting points in updating the long history of the village's existence. He was instrumental in creating the state mandated E911 emergency addressable house numbering system within the village, and having the village as one of the first statewide areas to be fully documented. He served on the Bennington Regional Commission for first statewide areas to be fully documented. At various times he served as vice chairman and Secretary. In 2001 he received the Ferdinand "Nundy" Bongartz Award for Community Planning and Service. He served on the Mount Anthony School Board for two terms in the 1970's. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Adine McWaters of North Bennington; son, Alan and his partner, Pam of Ann Arbor, Michigan, son, Bruce, and wife, Lisa, grandson, Joshua and granddaughter, Sara, all of Media, PA; daughter, Kathy Jeanne Velon of N. Bennington; grandsons, James Branagan and Christopher Branagan of Brattleboro, VT; Dr. Diane Seigal, Fresh Air Daughter of CA; cousin, John McWaters and wife, Gladys of Mt Kisco, NY, and the Loving Extended "Lane Family" . There will be no viewing hours. Cremation and burial will take place at the convenience of the family. Any donations or gifts may be given to the Fund for North Bennington for the upkeep of the McWaters Park, the North Bennington Village School or Second Chance Animal Shelter through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT. 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at : www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net
Published in Bennington Banner on July 23, 2015
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