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Walter O. Noyes Jr.

1921-2010 BENNINGTON Mr. Walter O. Noyes Jr., 88, a well-known businessman and a longtime resident of Elm Street, died peacefully Sunday afternoon, June 20, 2010, in North Bennington, at the home of his granddaughter, Andria Grimsley.

Born in Ipswich, Mass., on Nov. 4, 1921, the son of the late Walter O. and Alta Grey Noyes Sr., he grew up in Newburyport, Mass., where he received his early education. He continued his studies at Tufts University, graduating in 1943 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

Walter married his beloved wife, Brenda Jane Atkins, in Evanston, Ill., in 1943. Brenda died in 1991.

He began his career in the Chemical Industry with American Smelting & Refining Company in El Paso, Texas, and then with Stone & Webster Engineering in Boston. He left the chemical industry in 1948 to operate Henry M. Tuttle Company, which was founded by his wife's family in 1857.

He worked tirelessly to build the company which offered heating products, plumbing services and building supplies. After 49 years, he retired from the company, which had been operated by five generations of family. The 143 year old company, one of Vermont's oldest retail establishments, was sold in 1996.

A dedicated oil heat advocate for nearly 50 years, he represented the industry in many capacities, including founding the Vermont Oil Heat Institute (VOHI). He was named Vermont's first "Oilman of the Year" in 1963, and Vermont's first "Legend of Oil Heat" in 1996. He also served as President of the New England Fuel Institute.

He wrote Plans for the EPA, and taught plumbing apprentice courses for the Vermont Department of Labor and Industry. He continued to be active in the industry following retirement.

Throughout his life he loved working on inventions. He developed and patented the Tank Watcher, which monitored fuel tank levels, and also a device for remotely monitoring vacant homes via temperature checks.

In his personal life he enjoyed his family, family genealogy, history, and studying foreign languages.

Walt was deeply involved in the community, being raised in 1947 to the brotherhood of Masons at St. John's Lodge AF&AM, Newburyport, Mass. He served as master of Mt. Anthony Lodge #13 F&AM for three separate terms, and was a member of Cairo Temple Shriners and Red Mountain Chapter Order of the Eastern Star.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, volunteer at the Tutorial Center, Director Emeritus, Bank of Bennington, founding member of Bennington Rotary Club, of which he is a Paul Harris Fellow, Chair of Commission for establishing Willow Park, Town of Bennington Lister, Chairman of American Red Cross, Battle Day Parade Chairman, Director-Bennington Free Library, Director of Cooper-Kelly Fund and Sunday School teacher for 31 years. He was a life member of American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and VOHI.

Walter leaves his son, Peter Noyes of Bennington; daughters, Carole Remington of North Bennington, and Janet Cropper of Hampton, N.H.; grandchildren, Andria Grimsley, Alicia Houran, Audra Prandini, Jonathan Grimsley, Stephen Noyes, Rachel Noyes, David Cropper, Michael Cropper, Alison Ellis, Jeff Noyes and Chris Noyes; 17 great-grandchildren; nephews, Nick and Ian; and nieces, Pam, Beth, Kathy and Debbie.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his son, Stephen Noyes, in 1984, and brothers, Richard and Philip Noyes.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held at the HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME on Friday, June 25 at 11 a.m. with Kenneth Coonradt and Reverend Matthew Bowles officiating. Private burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., when the family will be present. Masonic services will be held at 6 p.m. Order of the Eastern Star services will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Memorial gifts in Walter's name may be made to either the First United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge #13 F&AM or Shriners Hospitals, in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

To send personal e-mail condolences to the family, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Published in Bennington Banner from June 22 to June 23, 2010
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