WATERMAN William Jr. William van Antwerp Waterman Jr., formerly of Albany and Berlin, N.Y., died on Saturday, December 20, 2009 at the Geer in Canaan. He was 85. He was born April 5, 1924 in Albany, N.Y., the son of William van Antwerp and Alida Lambert Waterman. He graduated from the Albany Academy, attended Taft School and Yale University. In World War II, he served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne, jumped in the south of France, where he was wounded. He was evacuated to Naples Military Hospital in Italy. After the war, he attended Yale University, graduated from Trinity University in Hartford, Conn., and attended the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and Princeton Theological Seminary. During his lifetime, he was active in the Christian ecumenical movement in Albany, and ran for Albany County Legislature in 1969. He served as interim minister of United Church and four smaller congregations in Schoharie, N.Y. In retirement, he lived at Sweetwood, in Williamstown, Mass. He was a kind man, a Christian, and much beloved by his family, who knew him as Uncle Bill, or "U.B." William Waterman is survived by his sister, Helen Waterman Metcalf and her husband John; his nieces and nephews, Mary-Claire Wilkinson, Alida Metcalf, William "Van" Metcalf, and Michael Metcalf; and by his grandnieces and grandnephews, Matthew and Ben Rigney, Alida Jayne and Lenore Wilkinson, and Schuyler, Eric, and Monica Metcalf. His service will be held at St. John's Church at 11 p.m., February 13, 35 Park Street, Williamstown, Mass. Those wishing to make a memorial gift may contribute to the church's memorial fund.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Feb. 10, 2010