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William D. English

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- William D. English, 91, turned in his last time card Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003. He passed away at the Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs, where he and his wife, Yolanda (Livi) had lived for several years.

Born Wednesday, April 26, 1912, in Cambridge, he was the son of David Rice and Bessie (Wright) English. Being mechanically inclined since childhood, he attended a mechanical school in Brooklyn. Afterwards he worked for several service stations and car dealers on Long Island. During World War II he worked on ground transportation for the U.S. Army, putting parts of cars from junk yards together to supply the Army with much needed vehicles.

In the early 1950s, Bill owned his own service station in Minneola. By 1953, he decided that Long Island was just too crowded, so he moved his family back to Cambridge. He was the head mechanic at the Cambridge Central School bus garage for many years and then worked for the town of Cambridge as a truck mechanic. He retired in the late 1970s.

After retirement, he and Yolanda, moved to Florida and spent a dozen years in Clearwater. In 1995 they moved back to the area and settled at the Embury Apartments in Saratoga. Bill enjoyed volunteering his time there and helping with the maintenance, especially mowing the lawn.

Bill was a faithful and active member and officer of the Pleasant Valley Grange and a member of the Cambridge Salem Lodge 481 Free and Accepted Masons.

He enjoyed midget-car racing and was a devoted fan of the Indy 500, traveling to Indianapolis several times. He also enjoyed building model airplanes. He is predeceased by three siblings, Ben, Harold and Jane English.

Along with his wife of 64 years, he is survived by a son and his wife, William C. and Janet English of Cambridge; a daughter and her husband, Edith and Paul J. St. John of Charlton; a sister, Ruth Smith of Amityville; a half-sister, Margaret Hazlett of Treadwell; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Friends and family are invited to call on Monday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, 73 West Main St., Cambridge. There will be a Grange service at 6:30 p.m.

There will be a funeral service at 7 p.m.

At Bill’s request, he will be cremated and his ashes will be buried at Woodlands Cemetery, Cambridge, on Friday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Wesley Health Care Center, 123 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad Building Fund, P.O. Box 52, Cambridge, NY 12816.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 17, 2003
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