William F. Whitmire
1936 - 2014 PITTSFIELD William F. Whitmire, 77, of 20 Scammell Ave., Pittsfield, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at his home. Born in Pittsfield on Dec. 9, 1936, a son of the late Jerry and Anna M. Farrell Whitmire. He was educated in Pittsfield schools and was a 1954 graduate of St. Joseph Central High School, where he was an outstanding athlete and baseball player. A Vietnam War
veteran, Mr. Whitmire enlisted with the Navy on May 13, 1968, serving much of that time overseas, and was honorably discharged on April 29, 1969. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with Combat Operations Insignia, and Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device Mr. Whitmire was a master electrician, by trade, for fifty years. He was a member of the International Union of Electric Workers and was employed by R.A. Wilson Electric, in Dalton. During that time, he worked on a number of projects, including installing lights at Wahconah Park and Brodie Mountain Ski Resort, and did electrical work during construction at Vicon Recovery. Following his retirement from the electrical trades, he worked at Stop & Shop on Dan Fox Drive, from 1995 to 2010. Mr. Whitmire was a communicant of St. Charles Church. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Skyline Country Club and the Berkshire Hills Country Club. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, and playing in pitch leagues with his wife. Mr. Whitmire's wife, the former Gloria R. Quinlan, whom he married May 7, 1955, in St. Mark Church, died Sep. 6, 2011. He is survived by a son, William M. Whitmire of California; four daughters, Darlene M. Bonacquisti and her husband, Ronald, Nancy A. Luczynski and her husband, Daniel, Sandra J. Whitmire, and Mary Ellen Whitmire-Rahilly, all of Pittsfield; a sister, Carol Striebel of Dalton; 11 grandchildren, Matthew Whitmire, Jessica Marie Whitmire, Amy M. Bonacquisti, Erin L. Monti, Jaclyn C. Bonacquisti, Derick W. Carlson, Travis P. Carlson, Kori Whitmire Blackwell, Kaitlyn M. Blackwell, Zachary T. Rahilly, and Parker J. Rahilly; four great-grandchildren, Olivia C. Monti, John L. Monti, Kaelynne A. Carlson, Mason P. Carlson, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Jere Whitmire. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for William F. Whitmire will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., from DERY FUNERAL HOME with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11 a.m, at St. Charles Church, celebrated by the Rev. Michael Lillpopp, Parochial Vicar. Burial, with Naval honors, will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours will precede the service, beginning at 9:30. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Soldier On in care of DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.