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William B. "Bill" O'Grady Jr.


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William B. "Bill" O'Grady Jr. Obituary
William B. "Bill" O'Grady, Jr., 58, passed away peacefully at his home on May 6, after kicking every illness's butt for the last 20 years.
He was born July 12, 1956, to William O'Grady, Sr. and Vera Formhals-O'Grady in North Adams, Mass.
Bill graduated from Drury High School in North Adams in 1975, after which he moved to North Carolina where he lived for a few years and learned the trade to be an electrician, a profession he practiced for over 30 years and took great pride in. While in North Carolina he met his future wife, Lori Fifield. They were married in 1978, and had two children, Erin O'Grady and Logan O'Grady-Snow who over the years became his best friends.
Bill moved back to Vermont in 1978 and resided in the Pownal Bennington area for 35 years. During this time he founded O'Grady Electric and was a well-respected, successful electrician for over 25 years. Bill was extremely proud of the work he did in dozens of houses in Southern Vermont and The Berkshires.
Bill was also an avid hunter and fisherman and was the happiest when he was outdoors. He loved taking his boat on Lake Champlain, the Harriman Reservoir and anywhere else the fish were calling his name. Some of the things he cherished most were camping at Button Bay most weekends during the summer when the girls were young and spending the day on the water with his father, Bill Sr. He taught himself to be an excellent cook and baker, which he has been sharing with his granddaughter, Deja. His cheesecake was especially loved and his family cherishes his collection of handwritten recipes.
Bill was most proud of his family and doted on his daughters and grandchildren until the end. He never tired of talking about Deja Kai and Cassidy McCoy, who considered "Big Papa" their hero.
In spite of his extended illness and multiple hospital stays, Bill always maintained a beautiful positive attitude and whenever fate would deal him another blow would respond with what came to be his motto: "this too shall pass."
Bill is survived by his ex-wife, Lori Pinsonneault; daughter, Erin O'Grady, her children, Deja Kai and Cassidy McCoy of North Bennington; daughter, Logan O'Grady Snow and her husband, Eric Snow, with granddoggers, Penelope and Seymour of Bennington. Bill is also survived by four sisters, Marsha Moreau of Hinsdale, Mass., Karen Holbach of Thetford, Vt., Gail Ghidotti of Painesville, Ohio, and his twin sister, Roberta Bosak of Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; along with many loving nieces and nephews, and a number of great nieces and nephews. Bill will be especially missed by his newest companion, Ferdinand AKA Ferdi, his puppy. FUNERAL NOTICE: A time of visitation will be held Saturday May 9, from 4 - 6 p.m. at Hanson-Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home, 213 West Main Street, Bennington, Vt.
If friends desire, memorial gifts in Bill's memory may be made to the William B. "Bill" O'Grady memorial fund, c/o Hanson-Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home P.O. Box 957 Bennington, Vermont 05201. To send the family personal email condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
The family of Bill O'Grady wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the VNA nurses and the staff at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation for their care and support. Bill truly enjoyed sharing his latest culinary creations with his nurses.
The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Hanson-Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home 213 West Main Street Bennington, VT.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 8, 2015
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