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Major Gen. Whitney R. Libbey

1922-2010 Major General Whitney Libbey passed away peacefully on Monday, May 31, 2010.

Born Oct. 28, 1922, in Canaan, Vt., son of Phil and Mabel Parker Libbey, he resided and was educated in Albany, N.Y.

He is the beloved husband of Kathleen Shannon and devoted father of Shannon (Ross) Lenet.

He was employed for over 50 years in the engineering and maintenance department of Sterling Drugs.

He served in World War II in the Pacific Theater in the Army Air Force. He was a founding member of the North Albany Post 1610, along with his closest comrades, Roy Van Amburgh, Neil Gray and Skip Egan. During his tenure at the Post, he served in the various offices of Commander, Treasurer and Chaplain.

In 1965 he enlisted in the New York State Guard and rose in the ranks, retiring as a Major General commanding the 2nd Brigade.

Whitney is the brother of the late Clifton of Virginia Beach, and Pauline (George) McNally; brother-in-law of Elizabeth of Virginia Beach, and the late June Reiter; beloved uncle of James (Laurie) Bigley, Kathleen (William) Brown, Keith McNally, Clifton Libbey, and Marc (Abigail) Reiter; and also the beloved great-uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Since coming to live in Bennington, Whitney joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1332. During the past 10 years in Bennington, Whitney made many friends that were so special to him. They all took him into their heart and he took them into his.

Whitney was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church of Albany, and Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales of Bennington.

Whitney's family would like to express their gratitude to the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vermont and the At Home Care Staff for all their care during the past months.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Chapel of the Academy of the Holy Names, 1061 New Scotland Ave., Albany, Sat., June 5, from 9-11 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment with full military honors will take place on Thursday afternoon, June 10, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Gerald M. B. Solomon National Cemetery in Schuylerville, N.Y.

Please send contributions to the Fisher House, c/o Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Albany, NY 12208.

Guestbook condolences may be made at maharandsonfuneralhome.net

Arrangments are under the direction of the MAHAR AND SON FUNERAL HOME, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT.

Published in Bennington Banner on June 3, 2010
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