William H. Knight
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JAMAICA- William H. Knight Sr., 88, of Jamaica, died peacefully June 24, 2013, surrounded by his family, at The Vermont Veterans Home, in Bennington, following a long illness.

Mr. Knight was born March 24, 1925, in Jamaica, son of the late Irene (Wright) and Frank Knight. He lived in Jamaica all his life and attended school there.

Mr. Knight worked as a logger until his enlistment in the Army. Upon discharge he married Gertrude Taft of Jamaica. He continued logging and owned and operated Bill Knight and Sons Excavating for more than 40 years, side by side with his son Ron.

Mr. Knight was a man of many talents. He was an entrepeneur, owned a shrimp boat in North Carolina, bought and sold properties, a truck driver, worked at Pratt and Whitney in Connecticut, and was instrumental in the building of Ball Mountain Dam. He was an avid outdoorsman; he loved to hunt, especially bear, taking 67 in his lifetime. He enjoyed fishing with his close friend Richard Phelps, and held his buddy’s fishing abilities in high regard. They spent hours trout fishing in the pond Mr. Knight created. He loved the mountains and attended many meetings at the state level to protect the woodlands and wildlife.

He was a man with diverse interests: Country fairs, horse pulls, boxing, drawing, country music, dancing, arm wrestling, raising cattle and horses, gardening, playing checkers, jigsaw puzzles, traveling, and digging ponds. His passion was raising chickens. He had some of the best. He loved to share stories of past events in his life. He was always the first to offer help to those in need.

Mr. Knight was a dedicated husband, father, and community member. Some say he was a legend. His family was his life. He was extremely close to his sister Virginia and her husband Knot Varnum, and Andy Landman. They shared some wonderful and wild adventures together.

For the past 15 months. Mr. Knight enjoyed life at The Vermont Veterans Home where he met many new friends and made lasting memories.

He is survived by a daughter, Virginia Magoon and husband Ellery; a son, Ronald Knight, and wife Patricia; and a son-in-law, Jerald Young, all of Jamaica; three sisters, Irene Smith and Catherine Dauchy of Jamaica, and Virginia Varnum and husband Knot, of Supply, NC; grandchildren Tammy and Dennis Palmer and Wanda and Jody Howe, of Jamaica; Melissa Mature, of Wardsboro, Seth Knight, of Skowhegan, ME, Damon and Carrie Knight, of Deerfield, MA, Douglas and Laurie Dix, of Whitingham, Matthew and Jennifer Dix, of Brattleboro, Gary and Cathy Dix, of Putney, Dawnette Greene, of Fairlee, great-grandchildren Kenny, Trevor and Carrisa Howe, Travis and Cody Palmer, all of Jamaica, Justin and Emily Mature, of Wardsboro, Julian and Avery Knight, of Deerfield, MA, Draven and Raven Knight, of Skowhegan, ME, Stephen, Brian and Nicholas Dix, of Whitingham, Eric Greene, of Putney, Devin Greene, of Fairlee, Jason, Miranda, and Jacob Dix, of Brattleboro, Levi, Malaysia and Ethan Dix, of Putney, and their spouses; great-great-grandchildren; Paisley Palmer, of Jamaica; Carson Dix, of Whitingham, and Michael Greene, of Putney; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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