Brattleboro - Francis A. Speno, 90 of Brattleboro, known all his life as Buddy, died February 17, 2018 at this home surrounded by his family.
He was born in Brattleboro on December 5, 1927, the son of William and Emily (Barishiano) Speno. He was raised in Brattleboro, attended St. Michael’s School, was a graduate of Peekskill Military Academy in Peekskill, New York, and attended Marlboro College.
A veteran of World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Navy on the Staff of Commander Mine Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He also served aboard several mine sweepers in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.
Mr. Speno was active in the Democratic Party, serving as Town Chair, County Chair, and State Committeeman. He was past president of Kiwanis Club, past president of Brattleboro Winter Carnival, a member of American Legion Post No. 5, Brattleboro Elks, and a life member of the VFW. He served the Town of Brattleboro as a Town Meeting Representative, on the Zoning Board of Adjustment, the BUHS School Board, and as a Fence Viewer. For over 20 years he was a Trustee of the Vermont Veterans Home, having been appointed by Governors Richard Snelling, Howard Dean and Peter Shumlin.
Mr. Speno was a retired grocer having owned the Avenue Grocery and Speno’s Market for many years. He enjoyed cooking and was an avid New York Yankees and Green Bay Packers fan.
On September 24, 1978 in Brattleboro he married Gail Wilson Speno who survives. Besides his wife he leaves three daughters, Lisa Speno and her husband Tuck Harry, Linnea Lospenosochatel, and Frances Speno Ziel and her husband Rudy Ziel, all of Tenakee Springs, Alaska; brother Matthew Speno and sister Marie Corbeil of Brattleboro; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Marion Anderson Speno, his parents, and his sister, Nita Lowery.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 24th at 1:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church with Fr. Justin Baker, Pastor, celebrant. Burial with full military honors will be later in the spring in St. Michael’s Parish Cemetery.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to St. Brigid’s Kitchen Renovation Fund, c/o St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 47 Walnut Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301.