Francis A. Garone Jr.May 25,2013
Francis A. Garone Jr.
Francis A. Garone Jr.
BRADFORD — Francis A. “Gary” Garone Jr., 79, of Bradford, Vt., passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, surrounded by his family, following a long and happy life.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he moved to Hackett Hill in 1940 at the age of 6. As told to his grandchildren, he walked uphill to and from school each day before graduating from Bradford Academy, after which he joined the Navy at age 18. While stationed in Orange, Texas, he met his future wife, Mona Lee Daughtry, whom he married in Bradford on Nov. 25, 1957.
A loving husband, he supported his wife as she pursued her dreams and throughout her successful coaching career. He could often be seen in the stands cheering on the Oxbow Olympians. A devoted father, he taught his children the value of hard work and the importance of family, friends and community.
He was an antique train collector, avid history buff and “professional” lawn manicurist. His generosity led to all family celebrations being held “on the hill.”
To our brother, father and grandfather, you’re home now. Be good.
Gary is survived by his sister Nancy McHugh, of Hyde Park, N.Y., and devoted brother, Edward Garone, and wife Blanche, of Derry, N.H.; his three children, Francis Garone III and wife Marsha, of Richmond, N.H., Donna Mills and husband Lance, of Fairlee, Vt., and Greg Garone, of Bradford, Vt.; seven grandchildren, Breanne and husband Nate, Sarah, Devon, Jacob, Samuel, McKenzie and Miles; several nieces and nephews; and beloved dog Buddy.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Hale Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, at Bradford Congregational Church.
The Hale Funeral Home of Bradford, Vt., is in charge of arrangements.
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