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Sylvester M. Babson

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Sylvester Babson 1911 - 2008 BENNINGTON Sylvester M. Babson, 97, a longtime resident of Beech Street, died Wednesday, May 28, 200 at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington, surrounded by his family. Born in North Bennington on April 1, 1911, son of Frederick S. and Ida May Shaw Babson, he received his education in the North Bennington and Bennington schools. He also attended night school at Union College to further his engineering career. In earlier years, he had been employed as a carpenter by the late Guy Morse. He also worked at the H.C. White Company in North Bennington until they closed, and later at General Electric Company in Schenectady, N.Y., as a tool & die maker and mechnical engineer in the experimental department for the Army, Navy, and Air Force. After one and one-half years with GE, he was given an presidential deferment from the President of the United States for the duration of World War II. He was promoted to foreman over 14 tool & die makers. Following the end of the war, G.E. asked him to take a similar job in their Syracuse, N.Y., plant. He terminated this position because he could not find adequate housing for his family. Approximately nine months later, he returned to Bennington to be with his family. Prior to his leaving G.E., he was contacted by Bijur Lubricating Corp. to fill the opening as general foreman at the Bennington plant. At the time of his retirement, he had been employed at Bijur Lubricating for over 25 years, progressing to superintendent and also plant manager. After his retirement, he did carpentry and painting. Mr. Babson was a life member of the Bennington Lodge of Elks 567 and the Moose Lodge 1233 of Bennington. He was governor of the Moose Lodge for the 1963-64 term. He also served as prelate, junior governor, past governor, treasurer and secretary several times. He received the Fellowship Degree in 1967 and was a member of the New England Legion of the Moose 92. He served as chairman of the Lodge of the Little Legion for four years and Deputy Herder for 10 years, as well as trustee for a number of years. He also served as Supreme Governor for the State of Vermont. He obtained the Pilgrim's Degree of Merit, which is the highest honor bestowed on a member. Mr. Babson was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was on the board of trustees and was a scout master for two years. He co-founded the North Bennington Independent Basketball team and played for a number of years with the Independent team. He also played baseball with the H. C. White Co. team in the industrial league sponsored by the YMCA. In later years, he played on, and managed, the Bijur softball team. He enjoyed snowmobiling for a number of years, along with wife Doris and the Harwood's. An avid sports fan, he enjoyed football and basketball. He also enjoyed fly fishing and bass fishing. Mr. Babson was an avid golfer and a longtime member of the Mount Anthony Country Club. He most enjoyed time spent with his family. Mr. Babson married the former Doris Morse in Bennington on March 29, 1935, who is deceased. The Babson's renewed their wedding vows on their 40th wedding anniversary with a reception at the 1896 House in Williamstown, Mass., and on their 50th anniversary at the Bennington Elks Lodge. He leaves two sons, David M. Babson and Robert R. Babson, both of Bennington; a daughter and son-in-law, Gail J and Gordon Edmonds of Keene, N.H.; 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Babson of Rim Rock, Ariz.; a sister, Virginia Mae Noble of Manlius, N.Y., and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his son, Frederick S. Babson. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held from the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME on Monday, June 2, 2008, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Deborah Estey, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Bennington, officiating. Burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. All members of the following organizations are asked to meet at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon to conduct services in memory of Mr. Babson: Bennington Moose Lodge 1233 at 2:30 p.m. and Bennington Elks Lodge 567 at 3 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in memory of Mr. Babson may be made to the First United Methodist Church through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 30, 2008
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