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Brattleboro- Truman Howard ?T. Howard? Mattison, 90, of Maple Street, longtime Brattleboro Fire Chief died Monday morning, November 7, 2016 at Pine Heights Nursing Home following a period of declining health, T. Howard was born in Bennington, Vermont on March 6, 1926 the son of Wallace and Effie (Cross) Mattison. He was raised in Bennington attending public schools and was a graduate of Bennington High School, Class of 1944.

He proudly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army?s Company C 277 Th Engineer Combat Battalion stationed in Germany and serving in the Baltic until his honorable discharge at the rank of Sergeant on May 31, 1946. During his active service he was involved in three major European campaigns.

Upon his return home to Vermont he work for a short period of time as a carpenter and soon after became road commissioner for the town of Bennington. While in Bennington he was instrumental in forming the Bennington Rural Fire Department where he served as its first chief.

In 1959 Mattison was hired as Chief of the Brattleboro Fire Department serving the town until his retirement in 1989. He later served as a member of the Brattleboro Select Board for several terms. He was a member and past president of the Vermont State Fire Fighters Association and an honorary/life member of the Hinsdale, NH Fire Dept.

During his time as fire chief, he was instrumental in establishing the Fire Service program at the Windham Regional Career Center at Brattleboro Union High School, a unique program that continues to train and graduate future fire fighters and emergency medical technicians.

He was a life member of the American Legion, Brattleboro Post #5, V.F.W. Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034 and was a life member of the B.P.O. Elks, Brattleboro Lodge #1499.

With his wife he was a member of the First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield, New Hampshire.

He had a love of horses and horse racing and was a longtime licensed trotting driver. He owned many horses throughout the years and competed at many area racetracks that included, Hinsdale, Rockingham, Pownal, Saratoga and at several New England regional fairs. T. Howard also enjoyed hunting, spending time at his camps, and he loved his home on Maple Street.

On June 4, 1964 in Brattleboro he was married to Etta Simonds who survives.

Besides his faithful and devoted wife of 52 years he leaves three brothers, Wallace Mattison of Pownal, Erwin Mattison of Bennington and Clyde Mattison of Hinsdale, two sisters, Barbara Crawford and Suzanne Saunders, both of Bennington. Additionally he leaves many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

He was predeceased by a son, Alan Mattison who died at birth, and two brothers, William Mattison and Lawrence Mattison who passed away in childhood.

SERVICES: Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 10:00 A.M. at the First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield with burial with full military honors to follow in Chesterfield West Cemetery. A reception will follow the services to be held at the Elk?s Home on Putney Road. Friends are invited to call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home on Friday from 5 to 7 P.M.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Brattleboro Fire Department Benefit Association, 103 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301 or to Rescue Inc. P.O. Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302.

To sign an online register book or send messages of e-condolence to the family please visit www.atamaniuk.com

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Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 10, 2016
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