Chester E. Stockman

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BENNINGTON - Chester E. Stockman, 95, a longtime resident of Bennington, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Bennington Health & Rehabilitation.

Born in Cambridge, Mass., on April 6, 1918, he was the son of the late Earle and Gladys Eliza (Brooks) Stockman. He was a graduate of Flushing, N.Y., High School and attended the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, Long Island, N.Y.

He married the former Frances M. Quirk in Chicago, Ill., on Oct. 25, 1941.

Mr. Stockman was employed briefly at Clark, Oaks & Greenwood, and Sperry Gyroscope in New York, and for many years at American Airlines in Albany and Tansitor Electronics. In later years he owned and operated the Now and Then antique bookstore.

He had been a longtime member and past president of the Bennington Lions Club and was chair of the Sight and Hearing Committee for several years. He was the recipient of the Lions' Melvin Jones Award.

He enjoyed collecting antiques and old books. He was an accomplished woodworker.

Survivors include his wife, Frances M. Stockman of Bennington; three children, Ruth E. Ratelle of Bennington, Eileen S. Dick of Rutland, George B. Stockman of Collierville, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, Thomas W. Stockman of Bennington; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Judy Sinclair, and son, William Joseph Stockman.

At Mr. Stockman's request, private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bennington Lions Club Sight and Hearing Program or the Bennington Special Olympics, through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

Guestbook condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.
Published in Rutland Herald on Oct. 13, 2013
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