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NEWTONVILLE, N.Y. -- Bill Epstein, beloved husband, father, grandfather and coach, died Saturday, March 13, 2004, at the age of 82.

Born and educated in the New York City area, he spent the last 40 years in Newtonville, a place he loved with all of his heart. A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Europe as a bombardier navigator. In his younger days, Bill played professional baseball in a minor league farm team. Later he attended Albany State, where he received his bachelor’s degree in marketing and management and his master’s degree in school administration.

Bill was a much-loved teacher and coach who spent most of his long career working with two of his great passions: College students and baseball. At SUNY Cobbleskill, he served as assistant to the president and coached the division champion Aggie’s baseball team.

At Southern Vermont College, he was business professor and athletic director. The school honored Bill by naming their athletic field after him and eventually retiring his uniform number.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Loretta Epstein; his children, Donna and Michael Lamkin of Loudonville, Judy and Jeff Weinstock of Chapel Hill, N.C., Joel and Carolyn Epstein of Clearwater, Fla. and Howard and BeBee Epstein of Lakewood, N.J.; five grandchildren, Allison and Jared Weinstock, Arthur and Alexander Epstein, and Devin Fomberg; his adored aid, Kristin Barger; and his dog Max.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Southern Vermont College’s Coach Bill and Loretta Epstein Scholarship Fund, 982 Mansion Drive, Bennington, VT 05201.

The family would like to thank the Colonie EMTs and the St. Peter’s Hospital emergency and critical care unit staff for their professional, compassionate and respectful care.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 15, 2004
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