Edwin A. Colvin

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SHAFTSBURY - Edwin A. Colvin, 87, a former state representative and well-known resident of Shaftsbury, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Vermont Veterans Home after a brief illness.

He was born March 20, 1927, at the family home in North Bennington, the son of William and Catherine (LaFlamme) Colvin. He received his education in North Bennington and was a 1945 graduate of North Bennington High School.

On Aug. 13, 1945, Mr. Colvin joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, in which he served until May 25, 1947. He was stationed in Biloxi, Miss.

On Dec. 16, 1950, he married the former Barbara D. Crowley at North Bennington Baptist Church.

For 25 years, he was employed in several capacities at Stanley Tools in Shaftsbury as plant engineer and plant manager, retiring in 1972.

While at Stanley Tools he developed several design modifications for carpenter squares and folding wood rules, for which Stanley holds patents today. Mr. Colvin owned a contracting business and built 14 homes, including his own.

From 1975 until 1982 he represented Shaftsbury in Montpelier as a state representative and from 1979 until 1982, he served on the University of Vermont board of trustees. He developed the first zoning bylaw for Shaftsbury and conceived of, raised funds for and oversaw the development of Howard Park.

He later became involved in the real estate business. He first worked at Hoisington Realty in Bennington and later owned and operated Ed Colvin Realty until his retirement.

Ed was a member of the Shaftsbury Fire Department and was a member of the former Bennington Club. He served as Scoutmaster of Shaftsbury Troop 331. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, fly tying, coin collecting and attending his boys' sporting events.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara D. Colvin of Shaftsbury; his two sons William B. Colvin of Bennington and Edwin Andrew Colvin of Shaftsbury; one granddaughter; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by two sisters and three brothers, Dorothy (Ward), Helen (Crosier), William, Russell and Harold.

The funeral will be held at Mahar and Son Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at Mahar and Son Funeral Home.

Burial with military honors will take place in the family lot at the Grandview Cemetery in North Bennington.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vermont Veterans Home Activities Fund or the through the office of Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201.

Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.
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Published in Rutland Herald on Jan. 28, 2015
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