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Robert P. Bliss Jr.

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SAINT ALBANS/ STUART, Fla. -- Robert P. Bliss, Jr., 80, died unexpectedly, early Wednesday morning, Feb. 4, 2004, in Stuart.

Mr. Bliss was born in St. Albans, Sept. 8, 1923, the son of Robert P. Sr. and Edith Tuscany Bliss, both deceased. He was born and educated in Vermont. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Kidder) Bliss who he married Feb. 15, 1947.

Also surviving him are his son, Jack and his wife Lynnda, his daughter-in-law, Janice Corrigan and her husband Michael, seven grandchildren and a sister, Mary McGarey Madkour of Bennington. His son, Robert G. Bliss Sr., Esq., predeceased him in 1977 as well as a sister Barbara Counos in 1994.

Mr. Bliss was involved in a variety of business interests during his lifetime relating to Insurance and Real Estate. He was past member and vice-president of the executive committee of the National Association of Insurance Agents and past vice-president and director of the Independent Mutual Agents of New England. He also served on the boards of Directors of several Vermont companies, including the Union Mutual Insurance Group, Franklin-Lamoille Bank, Banknorth Group, Vermont Mortgage Company, Central Vermont Public Service Corp., Vermont Electric Power Co., and Jay Peak. He also served the state of Vermont as a member of the Vermont Pollution Abatement Authority and the Vermont Industrial Development Authority.

As he was always interested in education, he served on the St. Albans school board for several years, was founder and President of the Citizens Scholarship Foundation of St. Albans. Mr. Bliss also served on the University of Vermont Board of Trustees for six years and was chairman 1984-85.

Active in Masonic circles, Mr. Bliss was a member of all York Rite bodies, Past Master of Franklin Lodge 04, F&AM and Past Potentate of Mt. Sinai Temple No. 3, Montpelier, VT.

In health related activities, Mr. Bliss served as chairman of the Kerbs Hospital Incorporators, and subsequently, the NWMC Incorporators. He also served on the board of trustees of Shriners Hospital, Montreal, Quebec. He was also a past board member of Franklin-Grand Isle Mental Health, Inc. and the University Health Center, Burlington, Vt.

Mr. Bliss served in the Pacific Theater during World War II with the U.S. Marine Corps and also served during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the American Legion and the Disabled American veterans.

During his lifetime he was always active in community affairs - a member of the Rotary Club for over 50 years and the Elks Club for over 50 years. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church for over 50 years.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at 10 a.m. from Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, 11 Church Street, Saint Albans City. The Reverend Oren Lane and The Reverend Marcheta Townsend will officiate. Interment will follow in the family lot in Riverside Cemetery, Swanton. Friends may call at the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Avenue, Swanton, Sunday, February 8, 2004, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Gifts in Mr. Bliss memory may be made to St. Paul’s. United Methodist Church, Church Street, St. Albans, 05478. Online condolences may be directed to the family by e-mail: kiddermh@adelphia.net.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 7, 2004
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