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John Leon Rec

1920 - 2016 VERNON - John Leon Rec, 96, a former longtime resident of Maple Street in Brattleboro, passed away quietly in his sleep on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 at Vernon Green Nursing Home where he and his wife Arlene have made their home for the past four years. John was born on May 30, 1920, in Bondsville, Mass, the second of three sons born to Leon and Antonina (Szufnarowski) Rec. His family moved to Hinsdale, NH, where he attended schools in the Class of 1938. His family moved to Brattleboro in 1936, where John worked first as a doffer at the Berkshire Hathaway Cotton Mill. After he was married he studied and became an agent-telegrapher for the Boston &Maine Railroad, based in Greenfield, MA, working at several locations, including Putney, Vermont, East Northfield, Turners Falls and Williamstown, Massachusetts. Later, he was employed by the U. S. Postal Service. John served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operations, where he was among the first occupation troops in Japan, working in communications as a telegrapher. He was honorably discharged in August of 1946. John married Arlene (Smith)Rec on July 22, 1939.They had just celebrated their 77th anniversary. In addition to his wife, John is survived by two children, Jeanne R. LaClair (Charles) of Shelburne, VT and Michael J. Rec (Carol) of Ocala, FL. Additionally, they have three grandsons, Timothy J. LaClair (Catherine) of Milton, VT, Daniel C. LaClair (Shannon) of North Ferrisburgh, VT and Jeffrey M. Rec (Deana) of Stafford Springs, CT. His parents and his brothers, Francis and Thaddeus, predeceased him. He is also survived by a nephew, Steven Rec, a niece, Kathleen R. Peraza, and a sister-in- law, Helen S. Monroe of Northfield, MA. He was a member of the B.P.O. Elks, Brattleboro Lodge #1499, theAmerican Legion, and V.F.W. Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034. In his earlier years heserved as aLittle League coach of the Athletics. In his leisure time John enjoyed dancing, especially polkas, playing cribbage and golf, reading, doing crossword puzzles,and rooting for the Boston Red Sox. John likedplaying the accordion and the harmonica.He was afaithful American Red Cross blood donor, credited with donating over ten gallons during his lifetime. FUNERAL NOTICE: The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27 th at Saint Michael's Catholic Church in Brattleboro. Following the Mass, Committal Rites and burial with full military honors will follow in North Cemetery in Vernon. Memorial contributions in John's name may be made to Vernon Green Nursing Home Activities Fund, 61 Greenway Drive, Vernon, VT 05354. To sign an online guestbook with messages of e-condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Sept. 24, 2016
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