Henry Wakeman Coley III(1926 - 2012)

SUNDERLAND - Henry Wakeman Coley III, 86, a resident of Sunderland, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 7, 1926, in Norwalk, Conn., the son of Lucy Langzettel and Henry W. Coley Jr.

Growing up in Westport, Conn., he graduated from Staples High School in 1944 at which time he enlisted in the United States Air Force.

After serving four years, he continued his education, receiving a B.S. Degree from Johnson State College and a Masters from Union College and Michigan State College.

He was married to Janice Vaughn in 1955 with whom he had three children, Janice passed away in 1969. Later in 1974, he married Thelma Jolivette.

Hank taught math for three years at Ben-Hi, then nine years at Arlington High School where he also taught physical education and coached a variety of sports. While in Arlington, he played with the Arlington Generals. He then went on to teach math at MOunt Anthony Union High School for 27 years, heading the department for his last 12 years there and retiring in 1992.

A Red Cross swimming instructor for many years, he gave instructions in Pownal, North Bennington and Arlington, Vt.

A longtime member of the Arlington Lions Club, joining in 1957, he was given a lifetime membership. Always civic minded, he served on the Sunderland Planning Commission, as well as serving as both town and school moderator. Hank was instrumental in the construction and development of the Arlington Recreational Park where he served as director of day to day operations. He was a member of United Way from 1991 to 1995 and a chairman of Trustees at the Federated Church of East Arlington, Vt., from 1991 to 1994.

His favorite past times were bird hunting with his English Setters, to which each one was given the name Shaker, fly fishing and gardening.

He leaves his wife, Thelma of Sunderland; his son, John and wife, Julie Coley of Jackson, N.Y.; daughter, Ann Pickrell and husband, Doug Reed of Chesterfield; grand daughter's, Britney and Mariah Coley of Jackson, N.Y.; two half brothers, William Coley of Orange, Conn., and Gary Starbuck of Eagar, Ariz.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Jill Coley in 1987, brother Charles and sister Margaret.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. at the Federated Church of East Arlington, Vt., a reception will follow.

Private burial with military honors will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to either the (VT Chapter), Federated Church of East Arlington, Arlington Lions Club or Vermont Affiliate of the in care of the Hanson-Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 528, Arlington, VT 05250.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 7, 2012