Edmund Pierce

Edmund "Peanut" Pierce

Sunday, October 13th, 1946 - Thursday, June 11th, 2020
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Edmund H. “Peanut” Pierce, 73, a resident of Puddingstone Road, Pownal, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center following a hard fought battle with cancer.

Born in Bennington on October 13, 1946, he was the son of the late Harold and Frances (Surdam) Pierce. He received his education in the Bennington schools and went on to receive his Masters Electrician license. Known by many to have been one of the best electricians around, there wasn’t ever a problem that he couldn’t solve. Peanut retired from Monument Electric in 2010 and spent the last several years working with his son-in-law, Josh Niles.

Peanut married the former June Stratton in Bennington on June 7, 1969.

Besides his family and grandchildren one of Peanut’s greatest passions in life was stock car racing. He was very well known throughout the racing community and one of his greatest success stories was winning the 2012 Sportsman Track Championship with his son Chad driving his car. No one deserved the checkered flag more than him; he always ran one hell of a race. In 2012 Peanut was inducted into the New York State Stock Car Association Hall of Fame and in 2017 into the Lebanon Valley Hall of Fame.

His kids and grandchildren could give him a project to build and he would go home, think about it, and within a couple of days would have it completed.

Survivors include his wife, June Pierce of Pownal; a son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Sandra Pierce and their children Jaden and Carter and a daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Josh Niles and their children, Rylie and Sydne, all of Eagle Bridge, NY; a sister-in-law, Jan (Steve) Goodrich of North Bennington and two brothers-in-law, Hector (Julie) Stratton of Bennington and Jay Stratton of Shaftsbury and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Peanut was predeceased by a brother, Gerry Pierce.

Friends and family are invited to pay respects to the family on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home from 11:00 am until 2:00 p.m.

Private services will take place at the convenience of the family.

Burial will take place at the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington.

Should friends desire memorial contributions in Edmund “Peanut” Pierce’s memory may be made to either the Cancer Center Community Crusaders or Second Chance Animal Shelter through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 14th, 2020 | 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Sunday, June 14th, 2020 11:00am - 2:00pm
    E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home
    628 Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 14th, 2020 |
    Sunday, June 14th, 2020
    E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home
    628 Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Reverend Doctor Robin Greene
  • Interment

    Park Lawn Cemetery
    South Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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Sandy Latif

Posted at 06:29am
To the Pierce Family,
I met Peanut when he worked on the construction jobs at the hospital. When I think of him I will always remember the twinkle in his eye and how gentlemanly he was showing me around the job site, or interacting at meetings. He knew his trade well. I know that he loved his kids and grandkids very much, when he would talk about them, it was always with a smile. I am sure that you all miss him tremendously.
I send my deepest condolences to Chad, Sandra, Tracy and the entire Pierce family. I pray that you all find peace in your hearts.
Sandy Latif

Denny Young

Posted at 11:59am
June, Tracy and Chad, Peanut and I go back 57 years. Will always remember our good times together, With June as well. There will never be another friend like him for me. I hope he is at peace now. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Denny & Donna Young


Posted at 11:13pm
Chad, Tracy and family. I'm so sorry to hear of Peanuts passing. I know he was well liked at the hospital which is where I met him. I would always try to get Chad to buy his father a cup of coffee, which he wouldn't. He also went to school with my husband Jerry who has fond memories of those days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Gail and Jerry MacJarrett

Nadine Film

Posted at 05:25pm
So sorry to hear of the loss of such an great man. Praying for the Pierce family during this very sad time. Love, Nadine

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Posted at 04:27pm
Our deepest condolences, Howard Commander and the Staff of Lebanon Valley Speedway
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