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Malcolm Irving Bevins


September 19, 2019

Malcolm Irving Bevins, 89, of Brevard, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.

Born and raised in Burlington, Vt., he was a son of the late Percy Everette Bevins and Florence Shaw Bevins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Florence Bevins Melick, and a grandson, Nicholas Deinema Riiber.

He graduated from Burlington High School in 1948 and served in the United States Army after World War II in Vienna, Austria. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelors of science in 1952 and a masters of science from Purdue University in 1954, returning home to his beloved state of Vermont to become Professor Bevins, researcher and teacher of economics for the remainder of his 37-year career, that he so greatly relished.

He was the gentlest of giants and the fiercest of protectors for his three ladies, wife, Sally, and daughters, Lisa and Sheila.

His zest for life spanned many interests, including collecting and analyzing data for the National Forest Service; being an active Mason in his community; restoring antique clocks from England; genealogy; buying and selling antique Vermont maps; travelling; and spending time with grandchildren, Kirsten, Nicholas, Olivia, Liam and Eliza.

He enjoyed life. He lived it well and spread joy wherever he went.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Sally Bevins, of Brevard; daughters, Lisa Riiber, of Newark, N.J. and Sheila Rafter, of Wellesley, Mass .; and sisters, Helen Merriman, of Mukilteo, Wash. and Claire Rogers, of Burlington, Vt.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brevard, with Father Shawn O’Neal officiating.

Military honors will be provided by the North Carolina National Guard and the Transylvania County Honor Guard.

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Moore-Blanchard Funerals & Cremations is caring for the family.


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