George C. Stone
George C. Stone
DANBY — George Clark Stone, 76, of Danby, died Sunday afternoon, November 4, 2012, at his residence, following a brief illness.
He was born May 25, 1936, in Rutland, the son of Clarke Coolidge and Gladys Mercy (Risdon) Stone.
Mr. Stone grew up in Danby, attended Danby Elementary School and was a member of the last class of the two-year Danby High School in 1952, graduating from the Burr and Burton Seminary in 1954 and was awarded the Kelly Special Merit Award.
Mr. Stone enlisted into the Vermont National Guard in February 1956 and entered the U.S. Air Force in January 1967. During his nearly 11 years in the Air Force, he was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Peshawar Air Station in West Pakistan, Dover Air Force Base, Del., and Royal Air Force Stations at West and South Ruislip, England. Following his discharge from the Air Force in 1967, he entered the Air Force Reserve until his re-entry to the Vermont National Guard with the Second Battalion, 172nd Armor, 50th Armored Division, serving as the medical platoon leader for seven years and later as food service supervisor. He was selected to help organize the Mountain Battalion, 3/172 Infantry Medical Platoon (Mtn). There, he served as medical platoon sergeant until retiring in 1986 following over 30 years of uninterrupted military service. He served in the Retired Reserve for the next 10 years, giving a total of 40 years of military service.
During his military career, he served as an ammunition handler, radar operator, office machine technician, student boom operator (KC97G), medical clinical specialist, quality control inspector, USAF customs inspector. In West Pakistan, he became a master locksmith and this followed him to England where he became the first American admitted to the greater London Master Locksmith Association.
He was married to Mary Bigelow Bunker Stone on November 23, 1985.
Mr. Stone was a former resident of Wallingford, where he served as the Wallingford town service officer and constable. In Danby, he served the town as health officer, service officer, BROC representative, Rutland County Solid Waste District (RCSWD) representative and the town grand juror.
His civilian occupation was at both Equinox and Ekwanok Golf Course as a caddy, Sig Buchamayer Sport Shop, Murphy Office Equipment, Huntoon Business Machines, Rutland Nursing Home, Beverly Manor Convalescent Center, prior to becoming employed at the General Electric Company where he worked for 25 years, retiring in July of 1996.
Mr. Stone was a member of the Danby Congregational Church, the Danby Mount Tabor Seniors Association, American Legion Post #52 in Wallingford, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #648 in Rutland, Colfax Lodge Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Green Mountain Stump Jumpers Hillbilly Clan #113 and the Ethan Allen Chapter #88 of the Sword of Bunker Hill.
Mr. Stone was an accomplished songwriter and musician. As a percussionist, he played “country” drums and several other percussion instruments. He invented an electric and electronic washboard. He was well-known as the “Washboard King.” He was a past member of the Northeast Association of Country Western Entertainers and received the “Outstanding and Number One Supporter (entertainer)” of the year in 1978/79. He was a Nashville recording artist with Arco Records (“The Welfare Check” and “The Little Whitewashed Building”). He was also a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 506, Saratoga, N.Y.
Mr. Stone was raised a Mason on April 18, 1983, at the Marble Lodge #76 F&AM. He also belonged to Chipman Lodge #52 F&AM in Wallingford, and was a charter member of Edward J. Wildblood Jr. Vermont Lodge of Research #110, Valley of Rutland AASR and Vermont Consistory AASR, where he received the AASR meritorious service award, Bennington York Rite Bodies (Temple Chapter, Bennington Council and Taft Commandry). He was a past eminent grand sentinel of the Grand Commandry of Vermont, grand sentinel of Grand Chapter of York Rite, eminent commander of Taft Commandry, Knights Templar Demolay Chapter of the Red Cross of Constantine and a knight of the York Cross of Honor, past president of the Past Masters Association, District #2 and secretary of Marble Lodge #76 F&AM. In 1995, he established a “Child Life’’ fund for the Shriners Hospitals for Children by collecting refundable cans and bottles and in the same manner established a “Community Fund.” He was awarded by the Masonic Grand Lodge of Vermont, the 2006 Citizen of the Year.
Mr. Stone was a member and past worthy patron of the Katherine Chapter #83 Order of Eastern Star. He also was a past patron and past district deputy grand patron of Eastern Star.
George was a noble of Cairo Shriners and served on its board of directors. He played many active roles within the Shrines. He was the Bennington Battle Day Parade luncheon coordinator, banquet and reception coordinator, 50-50 coordinator, a member of the Directors Staff Ritual Cast and an avid collector of soda can “tabs” to benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Bigelow Bunker of Danby; three daughters, Melissa Anderson of Idaho, Bethany Farish of South Carolina, Heidi Marcotte of Maryland; three sons, Peter John Stone of North Carolina, David Stone of Wallingford, Daniel Stone of North Carolina; four stepdaughters, Pamela Colman of Mount Tabor, Carlene Kasuba of South Poultney, Suzanne Williams of Rutland, Janice Daniels of Fair Haven, and a stepson, William Bunker of East Poultney; a sister, Marion Stone of Danby; his former wife and the mother of his children, Margery (Doubleday) Bernier of Rutland; 20 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, John Stone.
Calling hours will be from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday at the Rutland-Aldous Funeral Home, 44 North Main St., with fraternal services being held at 6:30 p.m. by the Eastern Star and the Masons.
Funeral services will be held 12 noon Friday at the Aldous Funeral Home in Rutland. Burial with military honors will follow in the Danby Scottsville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Children’s Life Department at Springfield Hospital, C/O Cairo Shriners, 51 Washington St., Rutland, VT 05701.