Robert P. Condon

MIDDLEBURY, VT. — Robert Pierce “Bob” Condon, born March 20, 1929 in Dorchester, Mass., the son of John H. Condon Jr. and Nellie (Messenger) Condon, the sixth of Bill, Helen, Carl, Buddy and Richard, all of whom preceded him in death. The family moved to Bedford where Bob went to local schools. After graduating from Lexington High, he enlisted in the Air Force, spending two years in Alaska. He was commissioned Second Lt. in the Air Force, in which he proudly and happily served, joining the Vermont Air Guard and Militia — the socalled backup unit to take over in the event of the Vermont Air Guard being activated. He retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Col. in 1979, from the Air Guard as a Col. in 1989.

After graduating from Boston University with a B.S., B.A in 1956, he began his lifelong career in the personnel field, first at the New England Life Insurance company in Boston, Mass.

While pursuing graduate studies at B.U., he met and married a fellow class member, Margaret Hall, in 1962. He moved to Bedford, continuing his Air Force Reserve duties at Hanscom Field and joining MecroWave Associates in Burlington, Mass.

The family moved to Rutland Town, Vt. when Bob accepted a position as Personnel Director at C.V.P.S. He then accepted the Personnel Director position at Pluess-Staufer-OMYA for the last 20 of his official working years, retiring as Vice President of Human Resources.

During his working years, he was active in society for the advancement of management, Lions and Rotary clubs, started the Bedford Jaycees and Eastern College Placement Officers Assoc. While still in Bedford he was involved in the establishment of the Wedgewood Club, a family-oriented pool and social club. In the early 70s, he and Peg bought the A-frame in Denmark, Maine on Moose Pond, which was the site of summer and winter weekends and vacations for water sports and skiing for the whole family. Bob’s sport was fishing, which he enjoyed with many friends or alone — always seeking that elusive big bass. They retired to Maine and enjoyed ten years in Denmark on beautiful Moose Pond. They returned to Vt. to the Lodge at Otter Creek to enjoy elderly retirement living.

Survivors include his wife Margaret (Peg); his children Ellen (husband Cary Griffin) of Florence, Mo., Anne (partner Dr. Suzie Harris) of So. Burlington, Vt.; and his three grandchildren, Ryan A. Layman of Japan, Kelsey L. Layman of Boston, Mass. and Zelie G. Condon-Layman of So. Burlington, Vt.

The family thanks the staff and fellow residents at the Lodge for those great years and especially the Haven staff for their tender and loving care; the Sanderson Funeral Home for their expertise; the Happy Hearts Service and the Addison Home Health and Hospice and medical and nursing staff of the Porter S.C.U. for making all of us so comfortable as Bob took his final journey.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mary’s in Middlebury at 11 a.m., March 19, 2011. A reception will be held at 1 p.m. at the Lodge in Middlebury. Burial will be held in the spring in the family plot in Bedford, Mass.

Should you wish to honor Bob, his family suggests Addison Home Health – Hospice Group, Route 7 North, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753; Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 126, Williston, VT 05495-4031; Lakes Environmental Assoc., 230 Main St., Bridgton, ME 04009; Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY 14853; or a favorite charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Service, www.sandersonfuneralservice.com

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