Mr. Stone spent his early years in Whitingham, VT, receiving his education there and graduating from Whitingham High School in 1956. He was the beloved husband of Marion “Molly” Eddy Stone who survives and who lovingly cared for him throughout his illness.
In addition to his wife of 54 years, Mr. Stone leaves a son, Glen William and wife Cordelia Hahn Stone, of Cambridge; and daughter-in-law. Deborah McLean Stone, of Westminster, CO; brothers, Richard (Anna), of Johnsonville, and Robert, of River Ranch, FL, and Wilmington; also grandchildren, Christopher Stone and Krista Gregg, Salem, Stephen ,and Tanya Stone, Troy, Melissa Stone, all of Cambridge, Jennifer Stone and Manuel Hermosillo, of Fort Worth, TX, and David Stone and Maranda Robison, of Westminster, CO; great-grandchildren, Priscilla and Michael Hermosillo and Alexis Stone; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, special friends, and his brother-in-law Alan McGrath who was like a brother and who called nearly every day of Mr. Stone’s illness. He was predeceased by his parents, his son Michael Forrest, who also had a brain tumor, and sister-in-law Ann (Robert).
An avid sportsman, Mr. Stone was a lifelong Red Sox fan who could recite every statistic for every player, though he also followed the Patriots, Celtics, as well as golf, tennis, etc. Throughout his lifetime he enjoyed league bowling. As an outdoorsman he enjoyed camping, fishing, and hunting with son Glen, brother Robert and his son Jeff, with the highlight of those many years being an 11-point trophy buck he shot in 1983, only one of many.
Mr. Stone is remembered as a devoted husband, father, and friend with his main interest being his home and family. Part of his strong work ethic was his thought that he had to do everything himself. He built two houses, hiring not a single contractor. Because of that same work ethic he was featured in a newspaper article and received many awards for perfect attendance at Eagle Bridge Machine and Tool in New York as a machinist for 26 years, New England Electric System in Whitingham as station operator in the 1970s, and GS Precision in Wilmington, running automatic screw machines in the 1960s. He was a member, of the Jacksonville Community Church and the West Hoosick Baptist Church in New York where he served as deacon, and, in retirement, the Holiday Park Homeowners Association, in Palm Bay, FL. He enjoyed singing in church choirs and with the Good Time Singers. He was also a founder of the Stonewall Cancer Relay for Life team in Bennington.
Memorial services will be held at the West Hoosick Baptist Church on August 12 and at Holiday Park Recreation Center in Palm Bay, FL, on November 18 at 1 pm. Memorials honoring his life may be sent to Hospice of Health First, 1900 Dairy Road, West Melbourne, FL 32904; First Presbyterian Church of Palm Bay, 1080 Port Malabar Blvd., NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905; West Hoosick Baptist Church, 1349 Buskirk- West Hoosick Road, Buskirk, NY 12028; or the charity of one’s choice.