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William Christopher "Billy" Palinski

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- William Christopher “Billy” Palinski, 20, died suddenly Saturday evening, April 24, 2004, after spending the day hiking with his friends in Richmond, Ind.. He died as a result of a ruptured spleen sustained during a fall he took earlier in the day.

Born April 20, 1984 at Mary McClellan Hospital, he was the youngest child of Mark Palinski and Chris O’Brien Palinski. He grew up in Cambridge and traveled extensively, visiting Ireland, Italy, Greece, Germany and Central America.

Billy leaves behind his parents, Mark and Chris of Cambridge; his sister and brother-in-law, Drs. Suzanne Palinski and Tom Renaud of Baltimore, Md.; his brother John William Palinski of Washington, D.C.; and his sister Kathleen O’Brien Palinski of Boston; as well as aunts and uncles, Marie and Dan Scapperotti, Tom and Kathy O’Brien, Nancy Palinski and Ken Sek, Walter and Eileen Palinski, and the late Jim Palinski.

Billy graduated from Cambridge Central School in 2002 and was a sophomore at Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. this year. He was gifted in music and art; he played the drums and enjoyed acting in plays at Hubbard Hall and at Cambridge Central. At Earlham, Billy had begun to develop a special talent in metalworking. He immersed himself in the Earlham community, taking an active role in campus organizations and global issues and will be missed by many, many friends.

Billy spent a semester of his junior year as a foreign exchange student in Donegal, Ireland. In his senior year of high school, he participated in the VOSCA service trip during Spring Break. After becoming a Quaker in grade school, Billy served as a student counselor at Powell House, the Quaker Conference Center in Chatham, and attended the Quaker Annual Meeting at Silver Bay on Lake George. During high school he worked at Bentley Seed Co. and at the Main Street Deli, where he nourished his appreciation for fine food in good company.

Billy possessed a generous sense of humor, a ready smile, a quick wit, and a willingness to help anyone in need. He was a playful, mischievous, fun-loving young man with a talent and appreciation for pranks. His friendships bridged all age groups.

In lieu of flowers, please perform an act of kindness or humor for someone in his memory. Those wishing to make memorial donations may do so to scholarships in Billy’s memory at either Earlham College or Powell House Youth Conference Center; Earlham College Student Development Office, 801 National Road, West Richmond, IN 47374; Powell House, 524 Pitt Hall Road, Old Chatham, NY 12136.

Friends and relatives are invited to call on Friday, April 30, 2004 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, 73 West Main St., Cambridge.

A funeral service in the Quaker tradition will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church, 81 East Main St., Cambridge.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 29, 2004
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