Herbert E. Stratton
1939-2013 ARLINGTON, VT Herbert E. Stratton, 73, a well known area contractor and a resident of Route 7A died peacefully Wednesday January 23, 2013 at the Saratoga Hospital in the company of his loving family.
The son of Robert S. and Esther (Cone) Stratton, Herb was born in Bennington on April 1, 1939. He attended local schools, graduating from Ben-Hi..
He followed in his father's footsteps by becoming a master mason, starting out with a wheel barrow, hand tools and an old Dodge pick-up. This began in August 1965 and since then Herb and his company, Stratton Construction, have worked on homes and businesses throughout the Northeast, developing a sound reputation. He had worked on many projects at Stratton Mountain Resort from the time the mountain began development. People would often think the mountain was named after his family. He took pride in his work and wanted people to "think brick, think Stratton". He continued to be active in the business despite his illness, making decisions and taking on new jobs right up until this past Friday. His son, Randy, began helping Herb in the office while he continued to work full time for the Post Office. Randy will keep the business functioning in Herbie's memory through sub-contractors. In recent years, Herb was unable to perform physical work but loved to still be "Boss", which he did well. He had a good relationship with his customers who often became friends as a result. He embraced his kidney disease with the same tenacity as his business, facing it head on and doing all he could to achieve positive results. As a dialysis patient, he was a pioneer in performing dialysis at home, one of three selected in the U.S. to perform the procedure, documenting and reporting his results to the Rubin Dialysis Center in Saratoga Springs. The program became a success and now has the largest number of at home patients in the country. Herb educated others about the disease and the achievements of the Rubin Center. His 15 year battle could not have been possible without the incredible help of his loving wife and caregiver, Betty Jean (Streeter) Stratton whom he married on September 28, 1967. When Betty broke herself in September 2012, Randy and Claire filled in as loving caregivers around the clock, learning how to do dialysis for Herb.
Herb enjoyed the outdoors, deer hunting, duck hunting and fishing. He loved his 49 Ford and always longed for another one like the one he had. He had taught a vocational program on masonry at Burr & Burton for aspiring masons. He was a member of The Sons of the American Legion Post 69 where he played in the dart league and was a social member of the Harned Fowler VFW
Post and Fraternal Order of Eagles in Manchester. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and his enjoyment of picking on people to have fun. Herb loved his home, family, his many friends, beagles and creating beautiful things from brick and stone.
He leaves his wife of 45 years, Betty Jean, four children and their spouses; Cindy and John Walsh of Arlington, Donna and Dick Shuttlesworth of West Virginia, Larry and Joanne Clayton and Randy and Claire Clayton all of Arlington, sister Ginny and husband Bill Berard, brother Bobbie Stratton all of Bennington, 15 grandchildren who referred to Herb as "Gumpy" and sometimes "Grumpy Gumpy", 11 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Stratton was also survived by his half brother Ronnie Stratton of Bennington and half sister Marlene Sauer of Corinth, NY.
Special appreciation goes out to the Saratoga Rubin Dialysis Center staff who became friends as well as service providers.
FUNERAL NOTICE: A service to celebrate his life will be held at the Arlington Chapel of the Hanson Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home on Saturday January 26 at 11 a.m. In honor of Herb's hard working values, casual attire is requested (no ties). A memorial gathering will follow at the American Legion hall.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Rubin Dialysis Center or SVMC Dialysis Center - Patient Fund in care of the Hanson Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 528, Arlington, VT 05250. To send the family personal e-mail condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Arlington Chapel of the Hanson Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home.