WILLIAM D. POPE III

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WILLIAM D. POPE III - NORTHFIELD - William D. Pope III, 76, of Central Street, Northfield, passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, following a lengthy illness. Born in Morrisville on Sept. 16, 1936, to the late Mae Belle (Spaulding) and John Burroughs Pope, Bill graduated from People's Academy in Morrisville in 1954. He was also a graduate of the University of Vermont, Class of 1959; and served in the U.S. Army at Kirch Goens, Germany, 3rd Armored Division, from 1959 until his honorable discharge in 1961. He then took a history teaching position at Northfield High School, before becoming part of the original faculty of the newly-opened Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg. On June 20, 1966, he married Barbara Stott in Waterbury. They moved to Northfield in 1967, and Bill returned to Northfield High School, where he became a guidance counselor and then Director of Pupil Personnel Services and an acting superintendent for Washington South Supervisory Union. He retired from WSSU in 1985, when he joined the Northfield Savings Bank as a personnel officer. He was subsequently appointed a vice president of NSB; and retired from the bank in 1997. In addition to his bachelor's degree from UVM, Bill also did graduate work there and at Norwich and Tufts Universities. He was a current member and past officer of the Northfield Historical Society, had been a director of Northeast Delta Dental, Washington County Mental Health, and a past member of the Governor's Council for Special Education, the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Vermont Bankers Association, the Washington County Diversion Board, and a former Northfield Selectman. Among his interests were his beautiful gardens and houseplants, geography and history, traveling, crossword puzzles, writing, and his work with people. He believed everyone deserved an opportunity to do their best; and he led by example. He especially enjoyed playing cards with his grandchildren; and discussing their education and current issues with them. Grandpa always knew the answer. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; four children, Beth Lemnah and husband, Gregory, of Lyndon Center, Stacey Whaley and husband, David, of Northfield, Kelsey Bussiere and husband, Jason, of Cottage Grove, Minn., and David Pope and wife, Jen Rawlings, of Limington, Maine; nine grandchildren, Greer and Robbie Lemnah, Billy and Sarah Whaley, Alex, Jesse and Cameron Bussiere, and Xochil and Iona Pope; two great-grandchildren, Isabella and Liam Bussiere; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four sisters, Roberta Lilly, Priscilla Hogg, Carol Allen, and Georgianna Manosh. A private burial is planned for later this summer. Friends and family may call at the Kingston Funeral Home, Slate Avenue, Northfield, on Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. Arrangements are in the care of the Kingston Funeral Home, Northfield. For those who wish, contributions may be made in Bill's memory to The Garden Room Fund, c/o Ashley Lincoln, Gifford Medical Center, 44 South Main St., Randolph, VT 05060; or the Northfield Historical Society, c/o Jay Pedley, Treasurer, PO Box 422, Northfield, VT 05663.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 9, 2013
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