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Townsend King Wellington

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BENNINGTON -- Townsend King Wellington, a beloved longtime resident of Bennington, died Oct. 21, 2004. The cause of death was cancer. At the time of his death, he was a resident of the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington. He was 93.

Long active in many community activities, he was, for most of his working career, the vice president in charge of sales for the H.T. Cushman Manufacturing Co., formerly of North Bennington, which was founded by his grandfather on his mother’s side, Henry Theodore Cushman.

Born in Troy, N.Y. Feb. 23, 1911, he was the son of Caroline Cushman Wellington and Townsend King Wellington. In 1917, he moved to Bennington with his mother and attended Miss Carpenter’s School before attending the Hoosac School in Hoosick Falls. He was a graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University in the class of 1933. For two years he attended Harvard Law School before deciding to pursue a different career, which led to his joining his family’s firm in late 1935.

He retired from business in 1973 and moved with his wife Barbara to Florida, with both returning to Bennington in 1991.

Always fascinated by local history, Mr. Wellington became associated with the Bennington Museum in 1940, which at that time was part of the Bennington Battle Monument and Historical Association. He was elected an auditor from 1948 to 1950, and in 1949 was elected to the joint executive committee of the museum and the historical association. In 1950 he shared the title of vice president with Hall P. McCullough, a distant cousin. He served as chairman of the museum board for a number of years and was named trustee emeritus in 1973. Following his return to Bennington, he served on the industrial history, membership and marketing committees and was a General Stark Society Award recipient in 1994 for his valuable contribution to the museum through the years.

Mr. Wellington also had a lengthy association with the Centre Cemetery Association as a past president and recently as a trustee. He was also a member of the rejuvenated Bennington Historical Society. As a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, he was a former vestry member and was very active with the every member canvasses and on nominating committees as well as taking part in the church fairs.

An avid sports fan, especially of pro football, baseball and golf, Mr. Wellington himself,played golf primarily as a young man and was a member for years of the Mount Anthony Country Club here and the Tequesta Country Club in Florida.

In the past few years, he became enamored of orchids and was beginning to be quite adept at growing and maintaining them.

He is survived by his dear wife of 67 years, Barbara Murray Wellington, also a resident of Centers for Living and Rehabilitation; a daughter, Sara Wellington Dodge of Phoenix; and a son, David S. Wellington of New York City. Also surviving are three grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a nephew, Allen Clark of Rye, N.Y.; a niece, Patty Cummings of San Antonio, Texas; and several very close Cushman cousins.

The funeral will be held from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bennington on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Canon Robert Miner, interim rector, officiating.

There will be no calling hours.

Burial will take place in the Bennington Centre Cemetery in Old Bennington.

Contributions in Townsend K. Wellington’s memory may be made to the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 22, 2004
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