PITTSFIELD -- William M. Aguiar, 58, of 37 Saratoga Drive, died of cancer Friday at home.
Born in Tiverton, R.I., on Jan. 14, 1949, son of Deolinda Farias Aguiar and the late William Aguiar, he graduated from Durfee High School in 1966 in Fall River. He received a bachelor's degree in business from the former Roger Williams College, now Roger Williams University, in 1974. He graduated from Berkshire Community College's registered nursing program with an associate's degree in nursing in June 1999.
He was Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, serving four years as an electronics technician with duty stations at Naval Air Station Fallon, Fallon Nevada, and aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Constellation.
Mr. Aguiar was employed as a registered nurse by Berkshire Medical Center, where he worked in the surgical unit and, later, oncology. Before that, he was a district manager for Hills department stores in the Buffalo, N.Y. and Rochester, N.Y., area. He relocated to Pittsfield in 1990 as the general manager of the Berkshire Mall store.
He was a former member of the board of directors for Pittsfield Community Television and had also served as president. He was a gardener, and produced several seasons of "The Backyard Gardener" at the station. He and his gardening partner, Trisha Doherty, maintained gardens for several years at Canoe Meadows and were known for their morning glories. An airplane modeler since his youth, he was a member of Wings and Wheels and International Plastic Modelers Society of Springfield. His work, along with others from the club, is on permanent display as part of the World War I exhibit at the New England Air Museum. He was a fan of the Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics.
He and his wife, the former Carol Gardella, were married June 7, 1974.
Besides his wife and mother, of Tiverton, R.I., Mr. Aguiar leaves three brothers, Robert, Kenneth and David Aguiar, all of Tiverton; two sisters, Beverly O'Brien and Carol Pereira, both of Tiverton.
-- A memorial service to celebrate the life of William M. Aguiar, who died Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-BENCIVENGA FUNERAL HOME. Calling hours at the funeral home will be conducted Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to the time of the service. Mr. Aguiar also leaves his brother-in-law and caregiver, Peter D. Gardella, and his mother-in-law, Genevieve C. Gardella of Fall River, with whom he shared his love of history and reading. He also leaves many other in-laws, nieces and nephews. To honor his life, memorial donations may be made to the Nurse Bill Scholarship Fund or to Great Trails Council in care of the funeral home, 5 Elm St., Pittsfield, MA, 01201.