Bentley WashburneMay 02,2013
MONTPELIER Bentley Ben Washburne, 79, of Montpelier, died peacefully on Monday, April 29, 2013, at Woodridge Nursing Home following a short illness.
Ben was born the son of Raymond B. and Eleanor (Smith) Washburne Sr., on March 9, 1934, in Williamstown, Mass., as Raymond Bentley Washburne Jr. but was always known by his middle name. He graduated from Vermont Academy and Middlebury College.
Ben moved to Vermont and was employed by the state Welfare Department for nearly 35 years.
Following his retirement in 1991, Ben joined and volunteered for numerous programs including Central Vermont Association for Retarded Citizens, Good Samaritan Haven, Montpelier Kiwanis, Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Washington County Probate Court and Bethany Church. In his younger years, he was extremely active in the Capital City Jaycees, as well as at the state level.
Ben is survived by his wife of 49 years, Gloria (McQuesten) Washburne; his son, Todd, of Calais, Vt.; daughter and son-in-law Kelly and Kevin Toomey, of Berne, N.Y.; and grandchildren Cailyn and Quinn Toomey. Also his sisters, Margaret Miller, of Brunswick, Maine, and Carla Rensenbrink and her husband, John, of Topsham, Maine. He was predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Eleanor Washburne, of Williamstown, Mass.
Ben enjoyed history, square dancing and traveling. He and his wife spent part of the winters of recent years in Wagram, N.C. He will be remembered for his volunteer work and helpful service to those in need.
A memorial service will be held at Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier, Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Central Vermont ARC, c/o Jim Lund, P.O. Box 751, Montpelier, VT 05601.
Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.
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