William A. Haight ScotiaWilliam A. Haight, 85, of Scotia, passed away at home on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 with his family by his side. Born in Schenectady on September 29, 1927, he was the son of the late Robert E. and Willa Alta (nee: Smalley) Haight. He was raised and educated in the local area and during high school, worked as a sound boom operator for General Electric Television Studio, Channel 6 WRGB. William left high school to support our country during WWII. Coming from a Navy military family, William proudly served as a Navy signalman 3rd Class with two tours in the South Pacific Theater. After the war, William returned to the local area and graduated from Scotia-Glenville High School in 1947. William was employed by General Electric Co. in Schenectady for 36 years, as a specialist in ultrasonic testing until his retirement in 1986. He was a member and treasurer of both the ASNT with General Electric and the PTA of Adirondack Regional. William was a dedicated family man who attended all of his children's sporting events. He also enjoyed photography. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved wife, Althea (nee: Colvin) Haight; and his sister, Ruth Pickup He is survived by his daughter, Brenda (Don) Rupsis of Scotia; his son, Douglas (Sarah) Haight of Queensbury; his cherished grandson, William A. Haight II; his brothers, Robert E. (Marion) Haight Jr. of Scotia, Richard H. (Carol) Haight of Florida and George (Joan) Haight of Florida; his brother-in-law, Rollie Pickup of Spokane, WA; sister-in-law, Benita Allaire of Niskayuna, NY; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at The White Funeral Home, 264 N. Ballston Ave., Scotia followed by interment in Schenectady Memorial Park in Rotterdam. The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday from 10 until 11 a.m. at the funeral home. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. David Hornick of Homedical Associates for his compassionate care and to Bill's loving team of caregivers. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Homedical Associates PC, 16 Crimson Oak Court, Niskayuna, NY 12309. To express online condolences, visit www.sbfuneral home.com
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2013