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GARY CHARLES MATHON BURLINGTON - On Aug. 15, 2011, Gary Charles Mathon, 69, of Burlington, died at home, surrounded by his loving family, following a brief illness. He was born on Nov. 24, 1941, in Burlington and attended Nazareth School and graduated from Burlington High School in 1959 and Champlain College in 1962. He served his country in the Vermont Air National Guard from 1959–1965. Gary married Eleanor Purinton, a Rutland native, on Oct. 5, 1963 at St. Peter's Church in Rutland. He owned and operated Colonial Vending Service for over 35 years until his retirement in 1999. He was a lifelong parishioner of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Burlington. Additionally, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Elks Club, St. John's Club and Kwiniaska Golf Club. During his retirement he enjoyed spending time with his family, winters in Florida, playing golf and his daily "coffee club" with his friends. A devoted family man, he will also be remembered for his kindness, generosity and gentleness. He was predeceased by his mother, Ramona (Yandow) Brown; and his stepfather, Myles Brown. In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by his three sons, Christopher and his wife, Mary, of Southborough, Mass., Michael and his wife, Laureen, of Shelburne and Jake and his wife, Meghan, of Williston. He was the proud grandfather of nine grandchildren: Charles, Patrick, Cecelia and Marlene of Southborough, Mass., Claire and Daniel of Shelburne and Katherine, Margaret and Thomas of Williston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Church with burial to follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington. To send online condolences to the family, please visit In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice Program of the Visiting Nurses Association, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446 or a charity of one's choice.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 16, 2011
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