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Henry E. Bratcher Jr.

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Henry E. Bratcher Jr. Henry E. Bratcher Jr., Son of Henry E. Bratcher Sr. and Harriet Smith Bratcher, died on September 24, 2011 after a brief illness. He was born on Cold Spring Rd in Williamstown and was proud to be a fifth generation resident. Henry was a natural historian and was consulted by many groups for his wide knowledge of local history. He often spoke of his Great Grandfather, Henry, who served in the Civil War in the Union Army, 37th Massachusetts Volunteers and his Father who served in World War I. For many years he was a member of the Board of the House of Local History and even taught a local history and artifacts workshop for students at Mt. Greylock Regional High School in previous years. Henry attended Williamstown schools and Williston Academy in Easthampton, Massachusetts, until volunteering for the US Navy during World War II. He served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres as a Gunner's Mate in the Armed Guard and was a decorated veteran. After the war he returned to Williamstown where he attended Bliss Business College. He then worked with his father in his building and real estate business for several years. He retired from the Post Office after 30 years of service. He enjoyed interactions with the residents on his local route and many times helped elderly people after work by getting them groceries or assisting them in other ways. He served his town as a Selectman and was a strong voice for community members. Henry was a visionary and a trusted friend for conservation. His dedication and perseverance were the driving forces in preserving the former Haley farm lands in the Hopper (Mt Greylock Reservation) and the "Turner House" residential facility for veterans. As the key custodian and trustee for the "Rosenburg" estate, Henry was instrumental in assisting the Rural Lands Foundation in acquiring and creating what is now known as "Sheep Hill". He spent endless hours and many years of his life working tirelessly for preservation of the rural lands that he loved. His inner peace came from being a "caretaker" as he called it for the land. New comers to town would frequently seek him out and he would happily and graciously give guided driving tours of rural landscapes including Bee Hill, local monuments and a complete history of the town he loved. He married Alice (Morrison) Bratcher who became his neighbor when they were both ten years old and whom he married July 31, 1948. They were inseparable life mates for 63 years until the day of his death. He was the beloved father of three children: his daughter Becky Gijanto (and husband, Michael), his son Henry E. Bratcher III (and wife Cathy (Fortin) Bratcher) and his son Edward J. Bratcher who predeceased him on July 4, 1989. He was a proud and loving grandpa to his seven grandchildren, Nicole, Henry IV, Edward and Gabrielle Bratcher and Edward, Gillian and John Gijanto, and his one Great granddaughter, Lorelei. He also leaves his devoted sister, Joyce Walsh. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, September 28, at 11 a.m. at the Second Congregational Church in South Williamstown. Burial with military honors will follow in Eastlawn Cemetery. Calling hours at Flynn and Dagnoli- Montagna Home for Funerals, WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, Ma. are Tuesday September 27 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Second Congregational Church in South Williamstown, the Williamstown American Legion Post 152, or Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation through the funeral home.

Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 26, 2011
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