BRADFORD - Dr. Philip W. Munson, 88, of Bradford, died peacefully Jan. 24, 2013, at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, N.H.
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He was born Aug. 18, 1924, in Gardner, Mass., a twin son of Dr. Earle W. Munson and Marion (Pierce) Munson.
Philip was raised in Gardner, Mass., and graduated from Gardner High School in 1942.
Philip and his twin brother were avid sports fans, playing sandlot baseball and football. They also loved to ski and play hockey. They were also known as master pranksters.
Following graduation, he attended Norwich University in Northfield. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and trained at Fort Eustis, Va., with the 2nd Antiaircraft Training Battalion in 1943. He then attended Cornell University for pre-dental studies. He matriculated to the University of Nebraska and graduated from Nebraska Dental School in 1948. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1954.
On Dec. 22, 1946, in David City, Neb., he married Lujane Johnson. With fond memories of summer jobs at Lake Morey in Fairlee, they moved to Bradford to make their home. They resided in Newport, R.I., while serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He returned to his dental practice in Bradford in 1953.
He was a lifelong member of the American Dental Association and the Vermont Dental Society. He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Bradford.
He helped provide numerous opportunities for children in the Bradford area. He was a co-founder of Little League baseball and Babe Ruth baseball. He was a founding father of the Bradford Lions Club junior high basketball tournament and Bradford Youth Sports. He was also instrumental in bringing Cub Scouts to Bradford. He was an avid supporter of the Hartford Post 26 Legion and their baseball program and was a member of the Charity Lodge 46 F&AM of Bradford.
He was on the board of directors at Cottage Hospital and expansion committee for Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital.
He was predeceased by his wife, Lujane, in 1997; an infant son, David, in 1948; and his twin brother, Pierce.
He is survived by his wife, Vida (Perry) Munson; three sons, Stephen W. Munson and wife Dora, of San Diego, Calif., Dr. Robert P. Munson and wife Kathy, of Bradford, and Michael C. Munson and wife Denise, of Irving, Calif.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and stepchildren Alson Perry, James Perry, Lynn Perry, David Perry, Paul Perry and Connie White and their spouses, children and grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held Feb. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hale Funeral Home, Upper Plain, Bradford. A celebration of his life will be held Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. in the Bradford United Church of Christ in Bradford with the Rev. Karen Lipinzyck officiating. Interment will take place in the family lot in Sawyer Cemetery, Bradford, in the spring.
Donations in his memory may be made to Bradford Youth Sports, in care of Marvin Harrison, Wells River Savings Bank, Bradford, VT 05033, where a scholarship fund in his name will be established.
The Hale Funeral Home of Bradford is in charge of arrangements. To view an online guest book, visit www.halefuneralhomes.com.
Published in Times Argus on Jan. 31, 2013