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William C. Silvernail

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RICHMOND, Mass. -- William C. Silvernail, 64, of Gleridale Lane in Ellenton, Fla. and who also kept a home in Richmond, was received into the house of our Lord Tuesday at the Blake Hospital in Bradenton, Fla.

Born May 28, 1904 in Hanover, N.H., the son of Roderick and Martha Potwin Silvernail, he was a graduate of Pittsfield High School and received his degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Mr. Silvernail was employed by the state of Massachusetts for more than 30 years as a civil engineer, and was also a part-time tax assessor for the town of Richmond for 30 years.

He moved to Pittsfield as a child. For the past five years, he spent his winters in Ellenton. Mr. Silvernail was a devoted husband, father, avid golfer, treasurer, hunter and wood carver. He was a member of the Wisdom Masonic Lodge in West Stockbridge, the Richmond Grange and a past Boy Scout leader.

He leaves his wife, the former Theda DeMarco, whom he married July 13, 1999; his first wife, Joan Whitcomb, whom he married Feb. 2, 1959, passed away Nov. 2, 1995.

Among survivors are his mother, Martha Silvernail, 93; two sons, Paul Silvernail of Dalton and Dennis Silvernail of Whigham, Ga.; two daughters, Deborah Warner of Pittsfield and Sharon Hunt of Pittsfield; three stepsons, Donald Tripp of Richmond, Vt., Kevin Tripp of Guilford, N.H. and Robin Tripp of Bennington, Vt.; a stepdaughter, Lisa Craig of Palma, Calif.; and 17 grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. William C. Silvernail will be held Monday, Feb. 7, at the Richmond Congregational Church at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Irene Jones, pastor, officiating. Following cremation, burial will be in the Center Cemetery at a later date. Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Wellington Funeral Home. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association or to the North River Fire Department in Ellenton, care of the funeral home, 220 East St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 4, 2005
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