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Virginio "Max" Perotta Sr.

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BENNINGTON -- Mr. Virginio “Max” Perrotta Sr., 88, a longtime resident of Bennington and a winter resident of Sarasota, Fla., died Saturday July 3, 2004 at the Vermont Veterans Home following a long illness.

He was born in Bennington, Oct. 7, 1915. He was the son of the late Nicholas V. and Antonetta (Cassanetti) Perrotta, who were born in Italy. He attended St. Francis de Sales parochial school, graduated from Bennington High School and studied typing and bookkeeping at Saint Joseph’s College (now Southern Vermont College).

A World War II Army veteran, Mr. Perrotta began his Army career as a private and three years later was discharged as a second lieutenant. After “D-Day,” June 6, 1944, and “V-E Day,” May 8, 1945, Lt. Perrotta found himself assigned to occupation duty in the heart of Germany and the officer in charge of the Military Government’s Public Safety Office.

On Nov. 16, 1932, he married the former Louise Carey. Louise died in 1951. He later married the former Patricia Nash on Feb. 14, 1953 in Bennington. Mrs. Perrotta survives Mr. Perrotta. He owned and operated Max Oil Service until 1965 when he sold the business to Agway Petroleum. For several years he sold real estate with Gary Buckley. He served on the local zoning board of adjustment, becoming its chairman, served two years on the select board, served as a lister and was a state legislator.

He was a longtime member of the Bennington Lodge of Elks 567 where he was an exalted ruler and a past state trustee. He was also a member of the VFW Post 1332 in Bennington.

Survivors include his wife Patricia Nash Perrotta of Bennington; a daughter, Joan Perrotta of Bennington; two sons, Virginio Maxie Perrotta Jr. and his wife Patricia of Bennington and Christopher Perrotta of Bennington; six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Louis Perrotta of Bennington; two sisters, Isabella Erickson of Springfield and Marion Charest of Bennington; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Wednesday, July 7, at 10 a.m. with a prayer and then from Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church at 10:30 a.m. where the liturgy of Christian death and burial will be offered.

The burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Tuesday July 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. The wake service will take place at 3 p.m.

If friends desire, contributions in memory of Mr. Perrotta may be made to Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201. The following organizations are requested to meet at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home to conduct their services: Bennington Elks Lodge 567 at 7:30 p.m.; VFW Post 1332 at 8 p.m.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 5, 2004
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