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Beverly Wood Trowill

1940 - 2013 PITTSFIELD Beverly Wood Trowill of 43 Sherwood Drive, passed away suddenly at home on February 4.

Beverly was born in North Adams on May 28, 1940, the daughter of Gladys (Daignault) Wood and Allen S. Wood. She leaves her beloved husband, John (Jack) Trowill, whom she married on December 3, 1960. She also leaves her mother, Gladys Wood of Florida, Mass.; a brother, Stephen and wife, Paulina, of Armonk, N.Y.; and her sister Judy Embry of Florida, Mass. She is also survived by her daughter, Peggy Smith of Wilmington, Delaware; and her son, Peter and wife, Nancy Trowill, of Lenox. She leaves four grandchildren, Jessica and Alex Smith, Morgan Trowill, and step-grandson Kyle Cahalan. She also leaves her beloved cats, Grace and Katie, and her dog, Jeffrey.

Beverly grew up in North Adams and graduated from Drury High School in the class of 1958. She had a beautiful soprano voice and sang in school operettas and other functions. She was a member of the North Adams First Congregational Church, where she sang in the choir.

After high school she attended the Katherine Gibbs School in Boston where she certified as an executive secretary. She worked at General Electric Ordnance Department for a short period during the early 1960s.

Once her first child, Peggy, was born, she became a stay-at home-mom with Peggy and then Peter for twelve years after which she returned to work. She began as a Kelly Girl and found that GE Plastics was the place she most enjoyed. She also worked for GE Plastics' Advertising and Sales Promotion Operation. From there she spent 14 years at Sheaffer Eaton Textron. She successively worked for the Sales Manager, Vice President of International, Vice President of Operations, and, finally, for the President. She stayed with the company until it was sold and closed in Pittsfield.

As she was only 50 years old at that time, she expected to go back to work but became involved with the newly-formed Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield. She was asked to coordinate the volunteer program, which she ran for several years as a volunteer. She became a member of the Board of Directors, where she served for eight years. By that time the organization had progressed from the cellar of a barn to a new and beautiful $4 million dollar Shelter on Barker Road.

Beverly volunteered in many areas at the Shelter. In the early years of BHS, she worked in booths at various local fund-raisers, and founded the yearly raffle named "Lucky Dog" which annually brought in approximately $15,000 to the organization. She became a cat adopter when her knowledge and ability to work with people expanded. This was her favorite activity. Once she retired from the Board she continued to help in every way possible, and for many years, was very involved in the organization's annual auction.

The Berkshire Humane Society became her passion - more than just a volunteer job. She wrote articles that appeared in the Shelter newsletter and in Animal Life Magazine. Eventually she took over the responsibility of the Shelter newsletter and became editor of "Humane Tales."

Beverly had many friends and enjoyed communicating with people in person and by telephone, and was loved by many. She enjoyed playing bridge. You could also see her every morning walking one of her Shetland Sheepdogs - first, Cameron and, later, Jeffrey. She had a kind word for everyone she met.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service for Beverly Ann Trowill will be held Thursday, February 7, at 1 p.m., at DERY FUNERAL HOME with John Perreault, Director of Berkshire Humane Society, officiating. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to the Berkshire Humane Society, 214 Barker Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201, for the care and welfare of the animals she so dearly loved.


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 6, 2013
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