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July 24th, 2014

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LANYARD E. BENOIT

September 24, 1924 - October 8, 2013

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BENOIT, LANYARD E. “LARRY,” 89, of Duxbury, passed away in the comfort of his home and family on October 8. Born in East Berkshire on Sept. 24, 1924, he was the son of the late Leo and Irene (Lawrence) Benoit. On July 7, 1942, he married the former Iris M. Sweet in Stowe. Iris, his wife of 66 years, predeceased Larry on Nov. 5, 2008. Larry attended schools in Montgomery and then at the age of 15 went to work with the Civilian Conservation Corps for two years. Following, Larry worked several years at the Eden Asbestos Mine before embarking on a long and successful career in construction. Starting out in highway construction, Larry later worked as a carpenter for many years with a brief stint as a crane operator for S.L. Garand Granite Co. An internationally known deer hunter and outdoorsman, Larry also was an author of several very successful hunting books and spent over 25 years teaching seminars nationwide on the art and craft of deer hunting. Having personally bagged over 200 deer in his lifetime, Larry was recognized by Remington with the introduction of a special edition commemorative signature rifle, the first Vermonter to be bestowed that honor. Since the age of 13, Larry was a craftsman of custom handmade hunting knives that have been purchased from around the world. In 2012, he was inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame. His memberships included the Waterbury-Stowe Fish and Game Club and the Barre Fish and Game Club. It was Larry’s desire to wish all of his many friends, followers and fellow sportsmen a fond farewell, with gratitude for their patronage and friendship. Larry is survived by his children, Aloma Abner, of Middlesex, Serene Savarese, of North Bradford, Conn., Aleta Corriveau, of Duxbury, Zana Evans, of Duxbury, Lanny Benoit, of Montpelier, Lansing Benoit, of Duxbury, Lane Benoit, of Moretown, and Shane Benoit, of Middlesex; 23 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family. Larry was predeceased by a daughter, Lona Burns; three brothers, Keith Benoit, Carlton Benoit and L. Cecil Benoit; and a sister, Avis Hatch.

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