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William Francis Whitman

1937-2014 BENNINGTON William Francis Whitman, 76, of Harrison, Maine, formerly of Bennington, died on Jan. 28 of complications arising from a fall on the ice Christmas Eve, 2013. He was born at Putnam Memorial Hospital on July 25, 1937 to the late William Frederick and Catherine (Hogan) Whitman. His brother, James, of Bennington and niece, Stephanie, also predeceased him. In addition he was predeceased by his ex­-wife, Helen Gallagher, the mother of his two children, William, Jr. and Patrick. He is survived by his long time companion, Irene Tower, of Harrison; his son, William Jr., of the greater Boston area; his son, Patrick, of the greater Atlanta area and his daughter­in­law, Patrick's wife, Dayna (Friedman) and their two sons Aiden and Owen, Bill's grandsons; also a favorite aunt, Helen Gauthier Whitman; a sister­-in­-law, Beverly Groton Whitman and her two sons, Eric and Michael, Bill's nephews, all of Bennington. In addition he is survived by many cousins not only in Vermont, but in Connecticut, New York, Florida, California, Washington, and Texas. Bill was very proud of his Irish (Hogan) heritage and his Vermont roots. His maternal grandfather was Mike Hogan, Superintendent of Highways in the early 20thcentury. His fourth paternal grandfather was Welcome Luther, a Blacksmith and nail maker in Bennington in the early 19th century. Bill graduated from St. Francis, one of the two Parochial schools in town then went on to BenHi. There he was christened Moose by classmate Mickey Mausert because of his prowess on the stationary horse. Bill (or Moose as he was called ever afterward) was about 6'5" and weighed 225 lbs. Bill then took advantage of a special deal that the Army was offering to serve six months followed by three years in the Reserves to fulfill his military requirement. When he returned home from active duty he went to St. Joseph's Business School and learned how to be a businessman, which he was quite successful at, starting out selling business machines for AB Dick and winding up being a Regional Manager for them in New Bedford, Mass. At some juncture Bill and Helen bought a home in Maine where they spent their summers until they decided to go their separate ways. At that time Bill decided to stay in Maine where he tried his hand at real estate. Bill's gregarious nature and the fact he never met a person he didn't like stood him in good stead in the real estate business. Bill was cremated in Maine. On May 24 at 11 a.m. his cremains will be interred at the family plot in the Park Lawn Cemetery in his home town of Bennington. Friends and relatives are invited to attend. A light lunch will be served at the American Legion Hall at 225 Northside Dr. for all of us to meet and exchange "Bill Stories." Rest in Peace my dear cousin and friend.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 9, 2014
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