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Roger H. Leach 1927-2012 POULTNEY, VT Roger Herbert Leach, 84, a resident of Our House Too, of Rutland, Vt., went to be with his Savior on Friday May 4, 2012. Born May 19, 1927 in Irvington, N.J., he was the son of Annie (Root) Leach and Herbert Carl Leach. He was a 1945 graduate of Scotch Plains High School, Scotch Plains, N.J. Roger was owner of Hagarbrook Farm in East Rupert, Vt. for over 49 years. He was a direct descendant of Jonathan Eastman (1717-1807) who first moved to the property in 1761. Roger was the seventh generation of the family to own the farm. Under Rogers care, it was awarded a plaque for being the oldest farm in the state in 1976. It is also known as the original site of the Harmon Mint which minted coins from 1785 to 1788, when Vermont was independent. Roger was active in the community, serving as committeeman in the A.C.P., and a trustee of the County Farm Bureau Board for many years. He has been a member on the Rupert Town Planning Board and Board of Adjustment since 1970. Roger also served on the School Board and as Library Trustee, and Church Trustee. Roger took several awards in the Green Pasture Program in the 1950's and helped establish the Mettowee Valley Recreational Project in memory of three area young people who were killed on the valley's highway, including Leach's son Mark. Roger was a certified Vermont Tree Farmer for many years with 170 acres enrolled as a Vermont Tree Farm. Leach retired in 2000 and the farm was sold. Surviving are his wife Mae(Taylor) Leach, of Poultney, a daughter Nanci (Milton) McWayne, of E. Rupert, a sister, Sylvia (Dean) Haney, of Montoursville, Pa., and several nieces and nephews. Roger was predeceased in death by his only son, Mark in 1981. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held on Saturday May 19, 2012 at the Dorset Congregational Church with the Rev. Jim Gray Pastor officiating. Burial will follow in Mettowee Cemetery, Pawlet. "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14:3. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mettowee Valley Community Center in care of Allen Calsee 191 Maple Hill Lane, Dorset, VT 05251 Arrangements are under the direction of the Roberts-Aubin Funeral Home, Poultney. www.robertsaubinfuneralhome.com

Published in Bennington Banner on May 9, 2012
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