Francis “Butch” Corbett, 82, a resident of Bennington, died Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Albany Medical surrounded by his family.
Born in Bennington on June 8, 1931, he was the son of Frederick and Barbara (Mathers) Corbett. He received his education in local schools, graduating Ben Hi in 1951, where he was a four year tri-athlete, outstanding in football, basketball and baseball. He was selected to All State in football and basketball, in which he also served as Captain and Co-Captain for his teams. His athleticism was emphasized when he was chosen to be the subject matter in the famous Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post illustration “The Coin Toss.”
On February 26, 1955, Butch married Patricia Wallace of Hoosick Falls, NY. Beginning in March of 1955, Butch proudly served in the U.S. Army until 1957, where he was honorably discharged.
Upon Butch’s return to Bennington he worked for several local businesses including the Bennington Catholic High School and the Bennington Elks Lodge where he remained for 25 years until his retirement. He continued his love for athletics by playing softball and baseball for two local teams, Waites Mobile Softball and Bennington Majestics. He was also involved with athletics throughout the state of Vermont for several years as a well-respected referee for basketball. He was also an assistant varsity basketball coach and head junior varsity coach for Catholic High in Bennington.
Not only was Butch an avid athlete, he had several other interests throughout his life. His family was most precious to him, he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and attending all of their sporting events. Butch was a devoted volunteer firefighter for the Stark Hose Fire Department for over fifty years. He was also an active member at the Bennington Elks Lodge, where he served as Exaulted Ruler. He loved to play a good game of cards, play golf and enjoy a cold Genny while cheering for his beloved Yankees and Giants.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Corbett, his children Colette Alexander, Dale Corbett and wife Judy, his four grandchildren Dana Martin, Kayla Corbett, Keegan Corbett and Raleigh Alexander, his brother Gerald Corbett and wife Patty, his sisters Sue Corbett and Joan Spencer, and several nieces and nephews.
Butch was predeceased by his son, Dana.
The funeral will be held at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:30 PM with a Prayer and from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church at 3:00PM where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered.
Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4:00 until 7:00PM when the family will be in attendance.
Private committal services will take place at the convenience of the family at Park Lawn Cemetery.
All members of the following organizations are asked to meet at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, Thursday evening to conduct services in memory of Butch Corbett.
Members of the Bennington Elks Lodge #567 are asked to meet at 6:00PM and the members of the Bennington Fire Department at 6:30PM
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to The Butch Corbett Athletic Scholarship Fund "The Coin Toss"- this scholarship will be given to one senior male and female athlete each year that will be going on to participate in athletics at a Division 3 college. ( the amount will be determined at a later date). Memorial contributions may be made through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201. Guestbook condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net