William Ellsworth

William J. Ellsworth

1958 - 2013 PITTSFIELD William John Ellsworth, 54, of Sterling, Va., formerly of Pittsfield, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va.

Born in Pittsfield on Oct. 25, 1958, a son of Elmer and Mary Londergan Ellsworth, he was a 1979 graduate of Pittsfield High School where he was on the golf team for three years. He was a graduate of University of Alaska.

Mr. Ellsworth enlisted with the Air Force in May 1978. He served as tactical aircraft maintenance technician for nine years and ten months and as Crew Chief for the United States Air Force Thunderbirds team aerial demonstrators. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, and Air Force Longevity Service Award with One Oak Leaf Cluster. He was medically retired in as a Staff Sergeant in February 1988.

Following his Air Force career, Mr. Ellsworth went to work for Northrup-Grumman, a defense contractor in the Washington, D.C., where he was a program design engineer for 13 years.

He was an avid golfer. He made four holes-in-one during his lifetime. He enjoyed attending major golf tournaments. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, and traveling.

Mr. Ellsworth leaves his wife, the former, Linda S. Precopio, whom he married Aug. 15, 1987.

He is also survived by three brothers, Charles Ellsworth, James Ellsworth, and Peter Ellsworth, all of Pittsfield, and a sister, Susan Passmore, of Turners Falls, and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Eugene Ellsworth, and by two sisters, Ellen Ellsworth and Margaret Wilcox.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for William J. Ellsworth will be Thursday, April 11, at 11 a.m. at DERY FUNERAL HOME with the Rev. Sigmund Sadzinski officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours will precede the service, beginning at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, both in care of the Funeral Home, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.


Funeral Home

Dery Funeral Home
54 Bradford Street Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 443-9151

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 10, 2013