Walter E. ComstockMarch 31,2012
Walter E. Comstock
Walter E. Comstock
WILLIAMSTOWN — Walter Edmund Comstock, 90, passed away on March 24, 2012, at Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center in Barre. Ed was born on February 24, 1922, in Barre City, the son of Fred and Bertha (Meade) Comstock.
Ed was raised in Williamstown where he lived most of his life and was employed in the Barre granite industry as a stonecutter.
In World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in Europe with the 409th Infantry Regiment, 103rd “Cactus” Division, participating in several major battles of the war, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory and German Occupation Medals. Ed received a personal congratulatory presentation of these medals from Senator Patrick Leahy in his home in May 2010.
Ed had recently celebrated his 90th birthday this year among family, friends and representatives from the Barre American Legion Post #10, of which he was a life member.
He was known as a hard worker who volunteered often to serve his community and made many friends in the process. He belonged to the Summitt Masonic Lodge 104 of Williamstown and also served many years as a volunteer fireman for the Williamstown Fire Department, where he took many late-night calls. As a long-standing member of American Legion Post 10 in Barre, he enjoyed many activities and dances with “Tiny” and their friends. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge and the Elk’s Club, both in Barre. He was an avid golfer and hunter and enjoyed fishing. During a brief period of time, he raced stock cars in Northfield.
Burial will be in the Vermont Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Randolph, Vermont.
He is survived by his children, Donna Dushku and her husband Nicholas, of Providence, Utah; William Comstock of Houston, Texas; and Fred Comstock and his wife Sharyn, of West Swanzey, New Hampshire. He is also survived by his loving companion, Barbara Thompson of South Barre, and seven grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and nieces and nephews.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Bertha Comstock; his wife, Nellie (Tiny) Comstock; his sisters, Beatrice Sironi and Frances John; and a daughter, Brenda Comstock.
His children wish to thank the staff of Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center for the excellent care provided to their father.
His life will be remembered and celebrated in the chapel of the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel in Randolph Center at a time to be announced. Interment will follow in the cemetery.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice Association, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, is in charge of the arrangements.
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