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John Hurley

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WILLIAMSTOWN - John Hurley, 64, known to many as "Benji," died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Central Vermont Medical Center, of a short illness.

Born on Sept. 25, 1948, in Northfield, John was the son of Leslie John Hurley and Pauline Mary Hurley, both of whom predeceased him. He is survived by his sisters, Anne Carter, of Spring, Texas, and Joann Dilego, of Essex Junction; and his brother, Robert Hurley, of Randolph.

John served two tours in Vietnam and suffered war-related illness that plagued him the rest of his life. He was a member of the Berlin Development Review Board for many years and had worked in various public offices for the town and region.

"Big" John spent much of his life working in the forests and had a great reverence for the forests he cared for. He felt personally responsible to the Creator as to how he managed the land under his care. John enjoyed all of the creation that surrounded him.

John found great comfort in reading and studying God's word and applying its council in his life. As one of Jehovah's Witnesses, he spent much of his time showing others what the Bible teaches to help us with current struggles and educating others about the Bible's promises for the future by means of God's Kingdom.

We will miss him for his humor, wisdom, convictions and his "signature" farewell, "Have a Happy!"

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2070 Airport Road, Berlin.
Published in Times Argus on Jan. 18, 2013