M. Bruce Niles
M. Bruce Niles
BENNINGTON — Capt. Malcolm Bruce Niles, U.S. Army, Ret., 71, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, following a long illness.
Born in Bennington March 7, 1942, he was the son of Louise (Kastenbein) and Robert MacGrey Niles Jr.
He was a 1961 graduate of Bennington Catholic High School.
A Vietnam War veteran, Capt. Niles retired from the U.S. Army in 1983 after serving as an officer and an enlisted man. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Field Artillery Officer Candidate School, Field Artillery Officer Advanced School and served as a combat helicopter pilot for 12 years. His military awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor and 27 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
Following his military career, he was employed for the next 20 years by the U.S. Postal Service, retiring from the North Bennington Post Office.
He served as past chairman of the parish council and youth ministry leader for St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He was also a member of Vietnam Helicopter Pilot’s Association, Distinguished Flying Cross Society, VFW Post 1332 in Bennington, American Legion Post 13, NorShaft Lions Club and Shaftsbury Veterans Committee.
Capt. Niles was an avid outdoorsman.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy (Fierro) Niles of Bennington, whom he married April 19, 1997, in Bennington; five children, Patrick of Lincoln, R.I.; Diana (Niles) Jones of Hope Mills, N.C.; Peter of Washington, D.C.; Colette (Niles) Reid of Summerville, S.C.; and Maria (Fierro) deLeon of Berlin, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; two brothers, James of Beaver Dam, Wis., and Peter of North Bennington; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Robert III and Eric.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home.
Private burial will be at a later date in Arlington (Va.) National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Cardiac Rehab, in care of Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
For online condolences, visit www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.