James (Jim) T. Lernihan, 87, of Monument Avenue, Bennington, Vermont, passed away peacefully at home on July 9, 2012, surrounded by family and those he loved.
Born on April 9, 1925 in St. Albans (Queens), New York, Jim spent his early years in Queens and joined the Navy in WWII. On discharge, he began a long and successful career in sales. In 1966, Jim achieved his lifelong desire of moving to Vermont from Head of the Harbor, Long Island, New York. On retirement in 1987, from Huntington Laboratories of Huntington, Indiana, Jim and his wife, Gloria, established Stonewalls Antiques of Dorset, Vermont. In1999, Jim and Gloria relocated to Bennington where they presently reside.
Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gloria Lernihan, his daughters Moira Spivey of Manchester, Vermont and Marlene and husband, Jack Horan of Newport, Rhode Island, along with granddaughters Elizabeth and Hillary Spivey and Hanna Horan. He is also survived by his sister Elizabeth O'Hara of Maryland.
He was predeceased by his son Shaun Lernihan in 1979.
In accordance with Jim's wishes, funeral services will be private. If one desires memorial gifts may be made to Southwestern Vermont Healthcare Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201