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Wilbur E. "Bill" Pember

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BENNINGTON -- Wilbur E. “Bill” Pember, 89, a resident of Emma Street, died Monday afternoon, June 20, 2005, at his home following a long illness.

Mr. Pember was born in Poultney on June 3, 1916. He was the only child born to Ernest W. and Grace (Wilbur) Pember. He attended schools in Poultney and continued his education at the college level. He was married to Marguerite “Peggy” Anna Hicks on Nov. 11, 1966, at the Henniker [N.H.] Congregational Church. Mrs. Pember predeceased him on Oct. 31, 1999. While living in New Hampshire, he worked at the Sears Store in Nashua and had been very active in the Republican Party. Upon relocating to Bennington he worked in the plumbing department at H. Greenberg & Son and Henry M. Tuttle Company.

With a love of baseball that consumed much of his time, he had been a recommending scout for many years, representing the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres and Florida Marlins. He served on the board of directors for the Bennington Generals baseball team for 25 years.

He enjoyed all types of sporting events, keeping in touch with the political news, young people with which he had a great rapport and especially the company of his dog, Pirate.

He was a longtime member of the Moose Family Center and the First United Methodist Church of Bennington.

He leaves his nieces, nephews and cousins and three close friends, Diane Knights, who was his best friend and overseer, Rebecca King and Tina Baker, who assisted him through many difficult times.

A service of remembrance will be held on Friday afternoon, June 24, 2005, at 2 p.m. at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home with the Rev. Deborah Estey, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Bennington, officiating.

Burial will take place at a later date in the Pember family lot in Wells Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in memory of Mr. Pember may be made to either the Bennington Rescue Squad or the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Southwestern Vermont Health Care in care of the Hanson Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

To send condolences in memory of Bill Pember, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 21, 2005
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