Friday June 28, 2013

ELIZABETH CONKEY

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- Shaftsbury native Charles Letourneau, store manager at TD Bank in Bennington, will be retiring today after 37 years of employment.

During his time at TD Bank, formerly known as Banknorth, Letourneau has seen the bank's name change four times and worked under 10 different bank presidents.

"I started off working in the loan department, then collections, mortgages and then into the consumer loan department," said Letourneau. "I've worked as the store manager now for about 20 years."

In addition to his work at the bank Letourneau has played an active role in the Bennington community, a member of the Bennington Lion's Club, the Catamount Rotary Club and United Way, among others.

State Rep. Mary Morrissey spoke with the Banner about Letourneau's longtime service to the Bennington community:

"His [Letourneau's] 37 years at TD Bank also encompasses 37 years of giving back to the community and volunteering. He and his wife, Elaine, have been involved in so many worthy projects in Bennington, including the chamber and the Rotary. He has touched everything in this community and certainly has made our community a better place to live in."

Letourneau is also on the board for the Center for Restorative Justice in Bennington, the United Counseling Service and is a trustee for Park Lawn Cemetery.

When his two daughters were in middle school at Sacred Heart, Letourneau assisted in coaching the girls' basketball team.


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Joann Erenhouse, director of Bennington's Chamber of Commerce, met Letourneau when she began working in her current position.

"Charles is so dedicated to everything he does and is so fun to work with," she said. "He truly represents the community with all its best attributes."

Erenhouse adds that she hopes Letourneau will find time to volunteer at Bennington's new Welcome Center in his retirement.

On Wednesday night, Letourneau was honored during a retirement party at the bank, which also served as an opportunity for community members to meet the bank's new manager, Louis Maguire.

"It was nice to be recognized by people in the community," said Letourneau, "but also by the people I've grown so close to over the years."

Letourneau is looking forward to his retirement, although his plans at this time are simple: to take time to better himself, work on projects around the house, and remain active within the community, but, he also says the whole thing feels "a little surreal."

"It will be a change," he said, "but a good change."

Contact Elizabeth Conkey at econkey@benningtonbanner.com. Follow her on Twitter @bethconkey.