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Sanford Miles Plumb

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READSBORO -- Sanford Miles Plumb, 77, of 391 Old County Lane, Readsboro, died Tuesday, May 6. 2003, at North Adams Commons, where he was admitted April 23.

He was born in North Adams, Mass. May 8, 1925, son of the late John H. and Beatrice K. (Beane) Plumb. He attended North Adams schools, including Drury High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He served with the 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He was a Purple Heart recipient.

Following the war he attended the former North Adams State College and the Latin American Institute in New York City. In 1950 he took a position as a buyer for Forbes and Wallace Co. in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He was the buyer of housewares and small appliances. In 1965 he returned to the area to manage the former Boston Store in North Adams, which was owned by Forbes and Wallace Co., until it ceased operations in the mid 1970s. In 1976 he purchased Mario’s Store in Readsboro, which he operated until its sale in 1990. He also owned and operated two other stores in the area, the Stamford General Store in Stamford, and the first self service Vermont Liquor Store in Heartwellville. He retired in 1990. He had been a resident of Readsboro, for 46 years.

He was a member of the Dor. George L. Curran Post 996, VFW, and the Frank R. Stiles Post 125, American Legion, both in North Adams. He was an avid fly fisherman and a member of Trout Unlimited.

He is survived by two daughters Mary Jones of Readsboro, and Sarah Millan of Saratoga, N.Y., his former wife and friend Marlene A. (Boillat) Plumb of Readsboro, a brother John H. Plumb Jr. of Walnut Creek, California, two half brothers David Plumb of California and Richard Plumb of Worcester, Mass.; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. A sister Patricia Pearce is deceased.

Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date. There will be no calling hours. The family suggests memorial donations in his memory be made to the Hoosac Chapter Trout Unlimited, through the Auge’-San Soucie-Simmons Funeral Home, 46 North Church St., North Adams, MA 01247, which is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 8, 2003
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