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John B. Smith BENSON - Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, John Bernard Smith, 73, died on Oct. 23, 2018, with family by his side. John was born on Oct. 22, 1945, in Seattle, Washington. He attended Keene State College in New Hampshire where he received his bachelor’s degree and then attended the University of Vermont for his master’s. He taught special education in schools all over Vermont and eventually became an administrator at Fair Haven Union High and later, Stafford Technical Center. On Aug. 14, 1966, he married Nancy Schouler. They raised two children Robert and Heather. He loved woodworking, fishing and hunting, and was an outdoorsman, but his family was the most important to him. He was known for his quiet strength and his gentle, caring persona. John was preceded in death by his father, Bernard Smith, and mother, Jacqueline Smith. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; son Robert John Smith, daughter-in-law Heather Wilson Smith and their children Shelby and Stryder; daughter Heather Smith Norton, son-in-law Doug Norton and their children Riley and Griffin; as well as his siblings Joe, Phil, Brenda and Cliff. Friends may call on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Durfee Funeral Home, 119 North Main St., Fair Haven, Vermont. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 146 North Main St., Fair Haven. A reception will follow at the Fair Haven Inn. Private burial will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association Vermont Chapter (APDA), 1 South Prospect St., Burlington, VT 05401.

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