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Bernard Alton Coon

January 15, 1933 November 4, 2007
Bernard Alton Coon
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Bernard Alton Coon St. Albans - Bernard Alton Coon, 74, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 4, 2007, at his home on New Street after a long period of failing health. He spent his last day surrounded by his loving family. Bernard was born on January 15, 1933, at St. Albans Bay, the seventh child of Henry and Gertrude (Cross) Coon, one of sixteen children. Bernard grew up at St. Albans Bay playing on the bluffs, hunting in the woods, and fishing on the lake with his brothers, sisters and friends. He was a graduate of St. Albans Town Schools and Bellows Free Academy, Class of 1950. From a young age, Bernard knew the meaning of hard work. Throughout his high school years, he worked at Leon Martin's Service Station just outside the gates of B.F.A. He worked for the Wirthmore Feed Company until its closure. Bernard retired in 1995, after twenty-seven years of employment with Poquette and Bruley. Bernard served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army, trained in Japan as a large equipment operator, and was a Veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Robert E. Glidden Post# 758, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Green Mountain Post# 1, American Legion. On May 6, 1961, Bernard married Peggy Dunsmore. She was his loving wife, companion and faithful caregiver for forty-six years. Along with his wife, Peggy, Bernard is survived by their two daughters and their families: Cindy of Watertown, Massachusetts and Karen Gold, of Swanton, who helped care for her dad these last few years, and her husband, Brian, and the lights of his life, his three granddaughters, Emily Gold, Jillian Gold and Elizabeth Coon. He also leaves his siblings and their spouses: Robert and Kathleen Coon of St. Albans Bay, Johnson Coon of Naugatuck, Connecticut, Stuart and Helen Coon of Chesapeake, Virginia, Henry and Sandra Coon of St. Albans Bay, Dale and Marcia Coon of St. Albans, Sterling and Janet Coon of Fairfax, Vermont, Cathy and Bruce Ramsay of St. Albans Town, Keith and Paula Coon of Milton, Vermont and Greg and Bea Coon of Swanton, his sisters-in-law: Theresa Coon of Swanton, Maria Coon of Meriden, Connecticut, Bette Dunsmore, of Georgia, Jean Dunsmore of Georgia and Carol Dunsmore of St. Albans Town, thirty-five nieces and nephews and their families, his cousin Gordon Osborne and his wife, Gladys, and many friends including the Lang family and his coffee buddies at Dunkin Donuts. Bernard was predeceased by his parents, his siblings and their spouses, Orlando, Joyce, Violet and Carroll Draper, Bruce and Wilma Coon, Gerald and Maurice, his sister-in-law, Teresa Coon, his brother-in-law, George Dunsmore, and his niece, Sherry Hendrickson. Bernard's family would like to thank everyone for their wonderful care, kindness, help and support during Bernard's long illness including his brother, Dale Coon, the Dialysis Unit staff, the Transit Network Drivers, the Northwestern Medical Center, Dr. Manchester, Dr. Rimmer, the Haven Health staff and our neighbors on New Street. A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 9, 2007, at 11:00 A.M. in St. Paul's United Methodist Church on Church Street with the Reverend Herman Benjamin officiating. Interment will be in the St. Albans Point Cemetery. Bernard's family will receive friends on Thursday from 4-7 PM in the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1 Kennedy Drive, Suite L8, South Burlington, Vermont 05403 or St. Paul's United Methodist Living Church Fund, 11 Church Street, St. Albans, Vermont 05478. Messages of condolence are welcome at

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