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628 Main Street
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-2516
Fax: 802-442-4952
William Dailey

William E. Dailey (Dailey) Jr.

Thursday, January 24th, 1924 - Friday, June 28th, 2019
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William Edward. Dailey, Jr., passed away on June 28, 2019, at Southwest Vermont Medical Center. He was born in North Bennington, Vermont, on January 24, 1924, the first of four children of William E. Dailey, Sr., and Mildred Parker Dailey. Growing up in North Bennington, he spent many days working with his father, Bill, Sr., in the general contracting business where he learned there was nothing he couldn’t accomplish if he put his mind to it. He attended local schools and was graduated from North Bennington High School in 1942.

He attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, until the advent of WWII, when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on December 11, 1942. He served in the Pacific as the only Vermonter aboard the USS Windsor (named for Windsor County, Vermont). He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the American Area Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Area Medal, the Philippine Liberation Area Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged April 13, 1946, and returned to the University of Notre Dame where he completed college in 1948

June, as Bill was often called, returned to Vermont and rejoined his family construction business. He was instrumental in the growth of, and devoted to his family’s construction business, W.E.Dailey, Inc., as they successfully became the first ready mixed concrete business in the State of Vermont.

He married the love of his life, Mary Agnes Scarey at St. Johns Church in North Bennington on Thanksgiving Day, 1949. Together they raised six children and found time to extensively travel the world. They were married for 69 years and as he liked to say they were in their 70th year always together.

He held a private pilot’s license and enjoyed flying his Cessna 210. Bill served on the North Bennington High School Board for many years. He is a past president of the Bennington County Industrial Corporation, and past president of the Associated General Contractors of Vermont. He served over 30 years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bennington CO-OP Savings and Loan, now known as The Bank Of Bennington. He was a member of the American Legion for over 70 years and the Knights of Columbus since 1945. He was a longtime member of the Cambridge Breakfast Flakes.

In the ‘80s he and Mary relocated to Hedges Lake, NY where they continued to reside until the past year when they again relocated to Fillmore Pond in Bennington.

Bill is survived by his wife Mary S. Dailey of Bennington, children and spouses, Marilyn (John) Woodard of Shaftsbury, William E. III (Linda) of Burlington, Thomas (Marna), of Shaftsbury, Richard (Patricia) of Shaftsbury, Terence (Kathleen) of Seminole, FL, and Carol (William) Kelley of Millis, MA, 18 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren, and his sister Elizabeth D. Riley of Bennington. He was predeceased by a granddaughter Jessica Dailey, his sister Patricia D. Cooke and his brother Donald J. Dailey.

Calling Hours will be Wednesday, July 3, from 4pm to 7pm at the E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT. A Mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday, July 5, from St. Patrick’s Church in Cambridge, NY, with interment to follow at St. John The Baptist Cemetery in North Bennington, VT.

If friends desire, contributions in memory of William E. Dailey, Jr., may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Shriners Hospitals through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home
    Address
    628 Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, July 5th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, July 5th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    St. Patrick's Church
    Address
    17 S Park St
    Cambridge, NY 12816
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  • Interment

    Friday, July 5th, 2019 |
    When
    Friday, July 5th, 2019
    Location
    St. John's Cemetery
    Address
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    North Bennington, Vermont 05201
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Pat Herring

Posted at 04:17pm
We were very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We have fond memories of him and the entire family when we lived next door in North Bennington. Our prayers and sincerest sympathy to the entire family. We know he will be missed.

Pat & Ken Herring
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David R. Essaff

Posted at 03:47pm
My condolences to the family. I met him at the Bennington Co-op Savings & Loan where Bill was one of the Directors and would see him at least monthly at the Board meetings. Bill always had a smile and was a good human being. I know you will all miss him but you will have many fine memories him inside your hearts. I still remember a joke he shared with me. "Who's bigger? Mr. Bigger or Mr. Bigger's baby? I'm sure you all know the answer. Mr. Bigger's baby because he's a little bigger.
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Sandra Hewson-Loveland

Posted at 08:38am
Mary and Family, Ed and I are very sorry for your loss. Our prayers and love go out to you and family,
Edward and Sandra Loveland
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Al and Lee Ann Wooddell

Posted at 02:51am
Mary and Family,
My thoughts are with you as you grieve a man whom I came to know and admired for the past 8 years. A man who was so kind, gentle, loving and always a smile, a joke or a story. All the times we spoke, whether in Greenwich or at the Clam Steams you loved so much. Many thoughts were always there as I took care of my Dad till his passing recently. May you all enjoy your fondest memories as you go through the difficult days ahead of you. Rest In Peace Bill. My heart is heavy but I know you are at peace and with God.
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