• Francis R. Martin Sr.
    December 31,2012
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    Francis R. Martin Sr.
    Francis R. Martin Sr.

    BENNINGTON — Francis R. “Sonny” Martin Sr., 78, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington, following a long illness.

    He was born in Bennington, Feb. 25, 1934, the son of Dorothy (Eggsware) and Richard S. Martin Sr.

    He was a graduate of Bennington High School and served in the U.S. Army.

    Mr. Martin was employed as a cabinetmaker. He worked for 10 years at Ben Mont Paper Mill, for 27 years at Cushman Manufacturing in North Bennington and later retired from Bennington Display.

    He was an avid hunter, trapper, fisherman and was known for his fly fishing ties.

    Survivors include nine children, Wendy Stowe of Burlington, Sally Gauthier, Francis “Biff” Jr., Lisa and Edward Martin, all of Bennington, Laurie Whitman of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., Richard of Pownal, Melody of West Haven, Conn., and Jennifer Joy of Kalispell, Mont.; four siblings, Jerry, Judy, both of Bennington, Peter of New York and Susan Martin; many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

    He was predeceased by a son, Joel, and a brother, Richard Martin.

    At Mr. Martin’s request, there will be no calling hours or funeral service.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Bennington Rescue Squad, in care 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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