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Bennington, VT 05201
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Peter Niles

Peter S. Niles

Friday, September 21st, 1951 - Sunday, October 6th, 2019
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Peter Stuart Niles, 68, a resident of Dunham Avenue, North Bennington, died unexpectedly on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at his residence.

Born in Bennington on September 21, 1951, he was the son of the late Robert MacGrey Niles II and Louise (Kastenbein) Niles. Peter received his early education in the Shaftsbury and North Bennington schools and was a 1969 graduate of Mt. Anthony Union High School.

Peter married, the love of his life, the former Michelle Rice on October 11, 1975 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington. Michelle’s uncle, the late Rev. Julian LaFlamme, officiated.

Having grown up on the family farm in Shaftsbury Hollow, Peter was drawn to farming. As a boy he eagerly volunteered his time on farms in the Shaftsbury Hollow and White Creek, NY area and later was employed at the Bonnie Brook Farm in White Creek. Throughout his life he spent time on the State Line Farm, in Shaftsbury, owned and operated by the late Jimmy and Martha Williamson, his “second” parents.

As a young man, Peter was employed at the Carl Willis Garage where he met Michelle. Later, he went on to work for the Phil Harrington Construction Company of Shaftsbury.

An active and earnest member of the community for many years, Peter was a member of the Shaftsbury Board of Selectmen from 1985 to 1994. He was a past president and coach of the NorShaft Little League and also coached MAYAA Football. He served as a trustee of the Village School of North Bennington and often shared his passion for sugaring via a “how-to” field trip to the Williamson’s farm with Pat Gibbon’s 4th graders.

As a young man he was a member of the Green Mountain Riders, a motorcycle club. Eventually, he moved on to operating all types of heavy equipment for both work and pleasure and always jumped at the opportunity to “go tractoring” for local farmers.

Survivors include his wife, Michelle Ann Niles of North Bennington; three children, Laura Niles Merrill of Rochester, VT; Matthew Stuart Niles of Bennington and Electricians Mate, Nuclear Trained Benjamin Lane Niles, USN and his wife Stephanie of Chesapeake, VA; five grandchildren who lovingly called him “Moonpa”, Mazie Alida Merrill, Keegan Stuart Niles, Korbin Steven Niles, Blake Elliott Niles and Eli Michael Niles; a brother, James Niles of Beaver Dam, WI and several beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Peter was predeceased by three brothers, M. Bruce Niles, Robert M. Niles III and Eric K. Niles.

Funeral services for Peter Niles will be held from St. John the Baptist Church in North Bennington on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. where the Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Private committal services will take place at the convenience of the family at St. John’s Cemetery in North Bennington.

Should friends desire memorial contributions in Peter Stuart Niles memory, they may be made to the Village School of North Bennington through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 11th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, October 11th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home
    628 Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 11:00am
    St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
    Houghton Street
    North Bennington, Vermont 05257
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    Father Hugh Cleary, C.S.C.
  • Interment

    St. John's Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    North Bennington, Vermont 05201
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Jan Brewington

Posted at 09:51am
Shelly and family...I will miss the first snow videos Peter would always send me so much! He knew how much I missed the snow and getting that morning video would make my day lol. You and Peter always made me feel so welcomed on my rare trips home when my own family didn’t. I’m so sorry I can’t be with you but you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to you all, Jan

Diana Jones

Posted at 07:12am
I have so many wonderful memories of Uncle Pete. He was a great Uncle who always made you feel loved and cared for. I was the first Granddaughter/Niece in the clan of Niles boys, so he always made me feel extra special. He gave the greatest hugs too. I'll never forget when my Dad was in the hospital passing away and I walked into the hospital room, where he spent his last days, how difficult it was to see him laying there, so I had to run out. When I ran into the hallway, Uncle Pete was leaning against the wall. He opened up his arms, and I fell in to them sobbing. He held me so tight, and we both cried together. I felt so loved and comforted at that moment that I didn't want him to let me go. He said, "I know Grams, I know." Although years passed between our visits, I always felt love from Uncle Pete like no time had passed at all.

I wish I could be at the service today. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you all!

peter Niles

Posted at 06:27am
I am so happy that we became more than Nephew and Uncle, we became great friends. I saw your evolution as you grew older. The times we just rode in the truck talking about life. The cool thing is you never judged me and I never judged you. I felt we had some serious life discussions and we are better than that. You always told me "you wont amount to anything" as a way to motivate me and let me know you were in my corner no matter what, you had your way to make me a better person. I see a man who lived his life just trying to get to the next day, but enjoying life to the best he could. We could all learn something from you as there was nothing better than a fresh cut hay field or watching the combine. I loved having you in the truck seeing new farm equipment or talking about that new sugar house you one day wanted. Other people want cars and such, you just wanted a sugar house and new tractor. Right now your buckets are overflowing and you are in Sugar Heaven. I just hope you know how much you are loved and how the world is a little bit sadder because you are gone. Wii-ooh. I love you UFreat

Deirdre Lincourt

Posted at 10:49pm
So sorry to hear of Peters’s passing, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. He was a wonderful man.
Deirdre Lincourt

Roberta Sargood

Posted at 11:49am
Shelly and Family I am so sorry to hear about Peter! Sending hugs, love and prayers to you all.

Bobbi Sargood

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