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Wilbert A. "Bill" Taff

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass -- Wilbert A. “Bill” Taff, 85, of Aztec Drive, North Adams, died Thursday, March 10, 2005, at the North Adams Regional Hospital. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on June 26, 1919, a son of the late Charles E. Taff and Eleanor (Seaman) Taff. He attended schools in Floral Park, N.Y.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Air Force as a first lieutenant with the 445th Bomb Group from 1941 to 1945. He attended Candidate Training School in Rochester, N.Y.

He was employed at the General Cable Co. in Pownal, Vt. and later at the Warren Cable Co. in Pownal. He then was employed at the Northeast Wood Products in Pownal. He also worked part-time as a pilot for the George West Mohawk Valley Aviation Co. at the Harriman West Airport in North Adams. He was last employed at the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown.

Mr. Taff received his pilot’s license at the age of 16 years. He also was an accomplished musician and played the drums with several bands throughout southern Vermont and Berkshire County.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Eleanor M. (O’Neill) Taff, whom he married Aug. 12, 1967; three daughters, Ellen Mormando and her husband Joseph of Hudson, N.Y., Linda Jelley of Palm Bay, Fla., Judy Smith and her companion Jeff Eade of Jacksonville, Fla.; one son, Robert J. Taff and his wife Denise of Bennington, Vt.; a sister-in-law, Loretta Mae Canales, and her husband, Daniel Canales of Rutland; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by one brother and one sister.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Wilbert A. Taff will take place Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams with the Rev. Edward King, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church of North Adams, officiating. The family will gather to meet family and friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m.

Memorial donations are suggested for the North Adams Ambulance Service through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner from Mar. 12 to Mar. 14, 2005
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