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Salvatore P. Santarcangelo

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OLD BENNINGTON -- Mr. Salvatore Peter “Sal” Santarcangelo, 87, a well-known resident of Monument Circle, died peacefully on Monday morning, April 3, 2006, at his home.

Born in Fair Haven on Jan. 10, 1919, he was the son of the late Giovani (John) and Margaret (Leonbruno) Santarcangelo. Sal grew up in Cohoes, N.Y., graduating from Cohoes High School on June 27, 1937. He was a World War II Army Air Force veteran, serving as an airplane and engine mechanic. He attained the rank of corporal at the time of his discharge.

He was married to Ethel Pfalzgraf in Cohoes on Nov. 10, 1944. While living in Cohoes, he owned and operated Congress Garage. In 1949 he relocated to Bennington, where he began working for Champlain Oil Company. He later established Ideal Fuels and Ideal Fence Company on Benmont Avenue. He operated the company for more than 46 years, retiring in 2004 when his son Jeffrey took over the business.

Sal was a devoted member of his community, serving its citizens for more than half a century at the local, county and state levels. He began as a volunteer firefighter with the Bennington Fire Department, serving with the Hook and Ladder Company for 25 years. His elected office positions included chairman of the Bennington Bicentennial in 1961. He held the distinction of being the only person to have served as president of the villages of Bennington and Old Bennington. He was a Vermont state senator from 1966 to 1968, a Bennington town lister for seven years and a member of the Water Board for six years, five of those years as chairman.

He was a trustee, president, police commissioner and road commissioner of Old Bennington for 17 years, moderator of both the Mount Anthony Union and Bennington school districts for 20 years, and served as selectman for the town of Bennington for 10 years.

Sal was a 50-year member of Mount Anthony Lodge No. 13 F&AM, Cairo Temple of Shriners and a 50-plus-year member of the Bennington Rotary Club, where he established and provided leadership for the Interact Program at Mount Anthony Union High School.

He was an avid New York Yankees fan, and his love of the game led him to sponsor a local softball team appropriately called Sal’s. The team went on to win the Class A Vermont state championship. Over the years Sal enjoyed collecting watches, especially pocket watches. In 2004 he received a concurrent resolution from the Vermont House of Representatives honoring him for his lifetime of local and state public service.

He leaves his wife of 61 years, Ethel Santarcangelo of Bennington; sons James H. and wife Barbara Santarcangelo, John T. and wife Pam Santarcangelo and Jeffrey P. and wife Lynn Santarcangelo, all of Bennington; a daughter Suzanne S. and husband Peter Merriman of Duxbury; three sisters, Margaret Sala, Eunice Antonucci and Loretta Santora, all of Cohoes; a brother, Joseph V. Santarcangelo of Sonora, Calif.; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brothers John, Gennero and James and his sister, Theresa.

Funeral services will be held at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home on Thursday, April 6, 2006, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Morneault, chaplain of VNA and Hospice, officiating. Burial with military honors will take place in the family lot in Grandview Cemetery in Shaftsbury. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., when the family will be present. Masonic funeral rites will take place at 8:30 p.m.

Memorial gifts may be made to either the VNA and Hospice of Bennington or the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Rehabilitation Department in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

To send condolences to the family of Salvatore P. Santar- cangelo, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

The following organizations are asked to meet at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home on Wednesday evening to pay their respects to the family: Bennington Fire Department at 6:45 p.m., Bennington Rotary Club at 7:15 p.m. and Masonic Lodge No. 13 at 8:30 p.m.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 4, 2006
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