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William Ross Thomson

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BENNINGTON -- William Ross Thomson, 52, a well known and respected member of the Bennington business community and a resident of Southshire Drive, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003 in Bennington.

Born in Bennington, Feb. 12, 1951, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Lila (Marsh) Thomson. He received his education in the Bennington schools and was a 1969 graduate of Mt. Anthony Union High School and a 1971 graduate of the former St. Joseph’s Business College.

Bill married the former Lucinda “Cindy” Stout at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bennington on June 8, 1974.

A very active member of the Bennington business community for many years, Bill purchased DeMarco’s Sporting Goods on Northside Drive in Bennington in 1971. In 1980, Bill and Cindy sold the business and purchased Bennington Lanes on Northside Drive and in 1994 they opened the Northside Dairy Bar. In 1996, the Thomsons founded Eastwoods Development in Bennington.

Bill was a past member of the Southern Vermont College Board of Trustees and also a former member of the Bennington Rotary Club.

Bill was an avid outdoorsman and car collector. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and had also flown his own plane at one time. Bill’s dog “Henry” was very special to him. Together with his father-in-law, Robert Stout, he owned a 1910 Maxwell car, which they had entered in the Bennington Antique Car Show.

Survivors beside his wife, include two daughters, Brooke Thomson of Oneonta, N.Y. and Amanda “Bea” Thomson of Bennington; a son and daughter-in-law, Gareth and Tracy Thomson of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., a son, Alex Thomson of Bennington; two aunts, Madeline Gratton of North Bennington and Eleanor Muirhead and her husband Colin of Cobden, Ontario; an uncle, Robert Marsh and his wife Natalie of Bennington; his mother and father-in-law, Robert and Laila Stout of Bennington and several cousins.

The funeral will be held from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bennington on Monday, Oct. 6, 2003 at 11:30 a.m. where the burial office will be offered by Rev. Penny Hawkins, deacon.

Friends are invited to pay their respects to the Thomson family on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington.

Contributions in Bill Thomson’s memory may be made to either the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center or the Second Chance Animal Shelter through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2003
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