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William C. Jolly

1941 - 2015 CHESTERFIELD William C. (Bill) Jolly died of natural causes at his home on Tuesday, August 4th. He grew up on a dairy farm in Salem, NY, one of five siblings born to William B. and Ellene Jolly. He graduated from Cornell University where he met the love of his life, Carol, whom he married in June 1965. He did graduate work at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and spent over four decades in natural resource protection in Washington D.C. and Washington State, including policy work at the Library of Congress and the WA State Parks and Recreation Commission. Bill retained a love of the outdoors, hiking and camping alone and with his family; just last month, he took his granddaughter and great-niece on a three day backpacking trip. To be close to their two daughters and their families, Beryl, Matt, Charlotte and Emma and Rachel, Adam and Shayna, he and Carol resettled in New England 10 years ago. Here, he took on a host of volunteer roles for the town, including Moderator, Cemetery Superintendent, Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals, and member of the Conservation Commission and the Historical Society. He will be remembered for his integrity, strength of character, acts of kindness and value of family, as well as his strong appreciation for the English language and its proper use. He excelled as a NY Times crossword puzzle partner to his wife and enjoyed editing everything from his daughters' school newsletters to newspapers and books. Bill actively kept in touch with dozens of friends and family members. He immediately earned the trust and confidence of young and old alike and had an endless appetite for creating genuine relationships. This past June, he fulfilled a life-long dream of travelling to the United Kingdom with his wife to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held at 1:30p.m. on Sunday, August 9th, at Congregation B'Nai Israel, 253 Prospect Street, Northampton. The family will be home for visitors in Chesterfield on Monday and Tuesday and in Lee on Tuesday morning. Contributions can be made in his name to the Town of Chesterfield or Congregation B'Nai Israel Tzedakah Fund.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 8, 2015
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