BENNINGTON -- Mr. Seymour Galusha “Cy” Shultz, 85, a lifelong resident of Bennington passed away peacefully at his home on Oct. 2, 2006, after a long illness.
He was born in Bennington on Nov. 6, 1920. He was the son of the late Elmer and Mildred (Galusha) Shultz. He was a graduate of Bennington High School class of 1938. Mr. Shultz served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and had served in the South Pacific.
He married the former Marjorie Starkes on Jan. 26, 1947, in Framington, Conn. Mrs. Shultz survives. Mr. Shultz was a registered jeweler and a member of the American Gem Society. He and his wife opened and operated Shultz Jewelers in their home in 1957 and later moved the business to Main Street in 1962, then to West Main Street in 1980. He and his son operated the business together until his retirement in 1987. He was best known by his customers as “see Cy for a good buy”. His wood working skills led him to found the Bennington Clock Company.
Mr. Shultz served Bennington in a number of civic capacities. He was chairman of the Bennington school board, a member and chair of the Bennington Merchants Association and a 45 year member of the Bennington water board.
Mr. Shultz was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bennington where he served as a Deacon. He was also a member of the Mount Anthony Lodge of Masons and a 30 year member of the Bennington Rotary Club. He served as a deputy with the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department as well as a member the Bennington Downtown Association, the Bennington Club and was a founding member of the “Rattlesnakes.”
Mr. Shultz loved spending time with his beloved family and helping people. His hobbies and interests included fine wood working, golf, fishing, playing cribbage with his friends and celebrations with his family.
Mr. Shultz is survived by his wife Marjorie S. Shultz, of Bennington; a son, Dan S. Shultz and his wife, Linda D. Shultz, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Jeanie S. Hoyt and her husband, David W. Hoyt, of Shaftsbury; four grandchildren, Ryan T. Shultz, of San Francisco, Calif., Joshua A. Shultz, of Alexandria, Va., Austin D. and Whitney N. Hoyt both of Shaftsbury; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Shultz was pre-deceased in 1987 by his son, Stephen N. Shultz.
The funeral will be held from the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Jerrod Hugenot pastor of the First Baptist Church officiating.
The burial with military honors will take place on Friday, Oct. 6, at 10a.m. at Park Lawn Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Members of the Masonic Lodge are asked to gather at the funeral home at Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to conduct services.
If friends desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Seymour Galusha “Cy” Shultz may be to either the Bennington Rescue Squad or Hospice of Bennington County through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington Vermont 05201.
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Published by Bennington Banner from Oct. 3 to Oct. 4, 2006.