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Willard Henry Thompson

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MANCHESTER -- Willard H. Thompson, 93, a longtime resident of Manchester, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, at his Equinox Terrace residence following an illness. He was born in Arlington June 6, 1911, the son of Gilbert and Carrie (Waite) Thompson. He attended local schools.

He was married to the late Edith (Niles) Thompson. Willard worked his earlier years farming for his grandparents. He worked for the town of Manchester on the road crew and then as a driver and repairman for Heaslip Fuels from where he eventually retired. In his younger years, he enjoyed the sport of boxing. In his free time Willard enjoyed hunting, fishing and music. Most of all he loved his family and the time he spent with them. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him and remembered for his kind and giving ways.

He is survived by his daughter and her husband, Dottie and Harvey Brophy; a son and his partner, Maurice (Moe) Gilbert Thompson and Mary Hawkins; his grandchildren, Deborah Brophy Antonez, Shari Williams, Julie Parker, Peggy Brockett, Jennifer Sprague, Rebecca Denofor, Michael Thomson and Daniel Thomson; also 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his twin brother William and brother Edward.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, Aug. 6, at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Manchester. Friends may call Thursday, Aug. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brewster Funeral Home in Manchester. Those who wish may give memorial gifts to either: The Manchester Rescue Squad or the First Baptist Church, C/O Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885 Manchester, VT 05255.

For directions or to send e-mail condolences, please consult www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 4, 2004
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