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Walter Dearcopp

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BENNINGTON -- Walter Dearcopp, 95, a resident of Fillmore Pond in Bennington, died suddenly Tuesday May 15, 2007, at his home.

Walter was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 15, 1911, the son of Charles and Malvina (Draeger) Dearcopp and attended local schools. Walter was a detective for the New York City Police department for many years, the former Police Commissioner in West Milford, N.J., and worked as a private investigator for a New York City Law Firm. He was very proud of being a member of the New York City Detective Honor Legion. Walter was a former golden gloves boxing champion and coached boxing in the Police Athletic League. He loved music and played many instruments. Walter was a violinist for the Laurelton Symphony Orchestra in Queens, N.Y., fooled with the guitar and was recently taking piano lessons. He was very passionate about horses and loved to go horse back riding even into his early nineties. He was a pilot who soloed at 50-years-old and was very exercise orientated, always having a gym and always working out. Walter received his 65 year Masonic pin in a special ceremony where his friend Doctor Ruhle made the presentation. He was a very family orientated man and cherished times spent with his family.

Walter is survived by his daughters, Joanne Dearcopp of Old Greenwich, Conn., and Janet Dearcopp of Lady Lake, Fla. He was preceded in death by his wife Hilma Marie to whom he was married in Midvale, N.J., on June 6, 1937. Mrs. Dearcopp died June 19, 1998. He was also preceded in death by his brother Charlie Dearcopp of Searsburg.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 19, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St. There are no calling hours. To send the family personal e-mail condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home in Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 18, 2007
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