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William Allen Boehm

William Allen Boehm, 67, of Hoosick, N.Y., died on December 11 after a year-long battle with cancer. Raised in Schenectady, Bill graduated from Linton High School ('63) and Union College ('67).

He is survived by his mother, Angelina Lomini Boehm of Scotia; his sister, Carla (Edward) Sloan of River Forest, IL; and his nieces and nephew, Courtney, Caitlin, Lindsey and Jack Sloan.

He was predeceased by his father, William, and his brother, Thomas.

At Linton, Bill was the starting center on the famous basketball team which beat NYC's Power Memorial in December, 1961. In that memorable game, he defended Lew Alcindor, now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, holding Alcindor to only 8 points. Bill was declared by local sportswriter Marv Cermak to be the "decisive player in the game".

Bill was the recipient of the George W. Spaine Scholarship to Union College, where he was also basketball standout. He majored in political science and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

After graduation, Bill chose to follow his passion for working with wood and became a carpenter. He evolved into a master craftsman, completing historic restoration projects which include the B&R Railroad Station in Bennington and the Canfield Casino in Saratoga. Bill also designed and built numerous commissioned works, such as spiral staircases and stone fireplaces. He was a longtime member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, retiring in 2008.

Bill's pride and joy was his own 19th century home in Hoosick, which he completely renovated over 30 years. His latest project was the restoration of the 10 New York State historic markers in his beloved Hoosick area. In short, there was nothing Bill couldn't build or fix.

Bill enjoyed the simple things, like riding his vintage tractor around his homestead. He was an avid reader of history and a loyal fan of basketball and the Yankees. During his illness, Bill maintained his sense of humor and faced each day with acceptance and courage.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, January 19, in the Union College Memorial Chapel, preceded by visitation there at 11:30 a.m.

Contributions can be made in Bill's memory to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (www.cholangiocarcinoma.org). Burial will be at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery at a later date. Funeral arrangements have been made by Daly Funeral Home, Inc., 242 McClellan St., Schenectady. Online condolences may be expressed at www.dalyfuneralhome.com
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 11, 2013
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