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Robert Patrick Scanlon

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BENNINGTON -- Robert Patrick Scanlon, 39, of Cross Street and a former resident of North Adams, Mass., died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005, as a result of diving in to the Hoosic River in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., to save his girlfriend Maureen Hackett’s son Michael’s life.

He was born in Holyoke, Mass., on Oct. 6, 1966, a son of Patricia (Gougen) Scanlon and the late Robert Paul Scanlon.

He attended schools in North Adams and graduated from Drury High School with the class of 1984. He then graduated from University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., with a degree in English and political science with the class of 1994. While at the University of Massachusetts, he was a member of the rugby team.

He began work with the Barr Sternberg law firm in Bennington in 1996 as a law clerk. There, he completed a four-year law clerkship and apprenticeship, which included course work at Albany Law School. He passed the Vermont Bar examination on his first try in 2001 and was a member of bars of the Vermont Supreme Court and the United States District Courts of Vermont.

Mr. Scanlon’s area of concentration included criminal defense and personal injury matters. In 2003, Mr. Scanlon was made partner of the now Barr, Sternberg, Moss, Lawrence, Silver, Saltonstall & Scanlon Law Firm in Bennington. He was a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association, the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Vermont Bar Association. He was a member of the Bennington County Bar Association, where he served in several leadership positions.

Mr. Scanlon also was an active civic member of the community. He was a Master Level Mason with the Mt. Anthony Masonic Lodge in Bennington. He was a member of the Bennington Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Lodge No. 567 and a former member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 310 in North Adams. He was a devoted and loving father. He loved the outdoors, camping at Camp Casino, hiking, four wheeling and snowshoeing.

Mr. Scanlon is survived by his mother, Patricia Scanlon of Clarksburg, Mass.; two sons, Robert Paul Scanlon and Matthew John Scanlon of North Adams; two brothers, Sean Scanlon and his wife Erica of Wilmington, N.C. and James Scanlon of Wilmington; his former wife, Mary (Michalenko) Scanlon of North Adams; and several uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services for attorney Robert Patrick Scanlon will take place Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, followed by a liturgy of Christian burial at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, North Adams. Burial will follow in the family plot in Southview Cemetery, North Adams. Calling hours are Wednesday from 4 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations are suggested for the Robert P. Scanlon Children’s Education fund through the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA 01247.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 11, 2005
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