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William G. Mattison

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BENNINGTON -- Funeral services for William G. Mattison were held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, with the Rev. Deborah Estey, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating.

Musical selections offered during the service were “Daddy’s Hand,” “When I Get Where I’m Going,” “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “Go Rest High On the Mountain.”

During the funeral service poems were offered by Laurie Purdy, a daughter, and Bridgette Mattison, a daughter-in-law. Words of remembrance were offered by two granddaughters, Bridget Davis and Kristin Barrett, and by a family friend, Skip Fagerholm.

Serving as pall bearers were Fagerholm, Tom Truex, John Behan, Robert Vargo, William Collins and a grandson, Chad Vince. Forming an honor guard at the funeral service were members of the Vermont State Police and Bennington Rural Fire Department.

Friday evening members of the Vermont State Police, Bennington Police, Bennington County Sheriff’s Department, Bennington Rural Fire and Bennington Rescue Squad all paid their respects to the family during the visitation. Conducting services were members of the Bennington Moose Lodge, American Legion Post 13 and Bennington Elks Lodge.

Mr. Mattison’s casket was transported to Park Lawn Cemetery on a Bennington Rural fire truck, where burial took place in the family lot with the Rev. Estey offering the committal prayers. Military honors were accorded the World War II veteran by Ralph Brown and Joseph Krawczyk of American Legion Post 13, who folded the American flag and presented it to Mr. Mattison’s wife, Eleanor. Taps was sounded by Maurice Rancourt.

A reception followed the service at the Bennington Fire House.

Mr. Mattison, a well-known resident of Bennington, died Dec. 28, 2005, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home.
Published in Bennington Banner from Dec. 29, 2005 to Jan. 6, 2006
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