EASTHAMPTON - William C. LeClerc, Jr., 78, of Easthampton, died at home Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, with his family at his side.
He was born Nov. 13, 1935, in Springfield, the son of the late William and Gladys Garstka LeClerc. He grew up in Springfield, attended Sacred Heart Grammar School and graduated from Technical High School class of 1953.
Bill entered the U.S. Air Force after high school, during the Korean Conflict, serving from 1953 to 1957, where he studied and taught cartography. He attended Holyoke Community College on the G.I. Bill, where he received an associates degree in design engineering, and he also attended Western New England College.
He was employed by Hamilton Standard as a draftsman retiring in 1990. While at Hamilton Standard he worked on the moon landing back pack's equipment. His name has been left on the moon.
Bill was an Eagle Scout, who loved nature and the outdoors. He spent most of his summers growing up on the farm in Southampton, owned by his grandparents Bertha and Walter Garstka. His aunts and uncles were very influential in his growing up and in fact uncles John and Zig Garstka bought him his very first lathe, which sparked his lifelong passion for woodworking. He became an avid and skillful wood-turner and belonged to the Central New England and Western Massachusetts Wood-turners.
Later, when he moved to Agawam, Bill was very active in sports there, serving as president of Agawam Little League, working diligently to expand the area and facilities. After he moved to Easthampton in 1977, he remained active in sports and served as president of Easthampton Little League.
Bill loved researching the genealogies of his families, and keeping all new generations up to date with the changes and how they were all connected.
Bill is survived by his wife of 37 years Dolores H. (Kulikowski) Banas LeClerc; one son, Todd Banas and wife Catherine of Whitinsville; two daughters, Michelle Swanson and husband Jeffrey of Southampton, and Laury Fraizer of Agawam; one brother, Richard LeClerc of Southampton; one sister, Barbara Fournier of Southampton; 10 grandchildren, Daniel, Ashley, Hailey and Andrew Banas, Meaghan and Zachary Swanson, Stephanie and Brian LeClerc, Nicole and Cait Fraizer; and nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park St., Easthampton. Burial will be Thursday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. in the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in Bill's memory may be given to
, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
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Mitchell Funeral Home
15 Park Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 17, 2013