WEST CUMMINGTON - William A. Volk, 66, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. He struggled with multiple sclerosis for many years and finally succumbed to pneumonia. He was surrounded by his family when he passed.
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He was born July 11, 1948, in Liberty, New York, the son of Anthony and Laila Volk. He attended Liberty High School and graduated in 1970. After high school he graduated from Clarkson College in Potsdam, New York, with a degree in mechanical engineering. While in college he was instrumental in establishing the Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity. Following graduation, he was a very active member of the fraternity's alumni association for many years.
In 1985 he graduated, cum laude, from Western New England School of Law. He opened his own engineering business and practiced law predominately in the Hampshire County District Court. He also served the Town of Cummington as a Select Board member and was elected town moderator for many years.
At the time the Hilltown Health Center in Worthington planned an expansion, he offered his engineering experience to the design, as well as procuring grant moneys for the project.
In 1993 he bought a hot air balloon and soon attained his pilot's license and his commercial pilot's license. This was his passion and he flew whenever he could. He also enjoyed skiing, camping, hiking, canoeing, and swimming. He received a great deal of pleasure from the various dogs he owned throughout his life.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia (Culbertson) Volk of West Cummington, and his daughter Lucinda Volk of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, as well as cousins in Interlaken, New York.
A celebration of Bill's life will be held in the fall. The time and place will be determined and posted in the paper.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Greater New England Chapter, P.O. Box 845945, Boston, MA 02284, or the Bearded Collie of America Rescue, in care of Don Means 35859 Elkridge Run, Elizabeth, CO 80107.
The Bartlett-Wellington Funeral Home, 525 Main St., Dalton, MA 01226, is in charge of arrangements.
Bartlett-Wellington Funeral Service
525 Main Street
Dalton, MA 01226
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Aug. 26, 2014