Robert D. Agone

Mr. Robert D. Agone of West Mountain Road in Shaftsbury Vt., died Friday, January 31, 2014, after a brief illness.

He was born in Rome, New York on January 7, 1917. He was the son of the late Sabino and Ida (Pinti) Agone. He graduated from Rome Free Academy and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University at Albany.

He served 3 1/2 years in the Army during World War II. During his military career he attended officer’s training school for medical administrative corps. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant and went to Washington and Lee University for specialized training to work with neuro-psychiatric patients. After his training, he was assigned to the Welch Convalescent Hospital in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he was the officer in charge of the U.S. Army Reconditioning Program.

Robert’s 38 years in the field of education included positions as a teacher, guidance counselor, coach and administrator. He retired in 1977 after 13 years as superintendent of schools in Johnstown, New York.

After his retirement, he and his wife, Betty, moved to Shaftsbury, Vt. in 1981.They became interested in horseback riding and began taking riding lessons in dressage at the Schurink Riding Stables in Shaftsbury. They both continued riding well into their 80’s.

Robert was predeceased by his wife, Betty, who passed in 2011. He is survived by his son, David and his wife Grace of Stamford, Vt.; his son, Michael of Alton, Illinois; his daughter, Kathleen Agone Nastasi and her husband Richard of Brewerton, N.Y.; and his son, Thomas and his wife Abby of Silverthorne, Colorado. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home in Bennington on Saturday, February 8, at 11:00 a.m.

Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

The burial will take place in the family lot in the Center Shaftsbury Cemetery in Shaftsbury, Vt.

Contributions in memory of Robert D. Agone may be made to the Bennington County Meals on Wheels Program through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201.