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WILLIAM ALAN RAYNER - READSBORO - William Alan Rayner died peacefully on Feb. 26, 2012, at home in Readsboro. William was born Aug. 13, 1925, in Springfield, Mass., to Helen Rounds Rayner and George Alan Rayner. Bill and his family moved from Hartford, Conn. to Rutland in 1995, and from Rutland to Readsboro in 2011. Very active in the Episcopal Church most of his life, especially in Connecticut and Vermont, Bill was appointed first chairperson of the diocesan insurance committee of Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, and he served on many parish, diocesan, regional and national groups and committees. He was especially involved in baptismal and regional ministries. He was a member of Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Church in Killington. Bill is survived by his sister, Constance Rayner Lacey; daughters, Eugenie Rayner and Virginia Rayner Tash; grandchildren, James Cooper Boyington and Elizabeth Ann Boyington; son-in-law, Dennis Tash; friend and special caregiver, James Vires; and several nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his wife, Phyllis Wright Cooper Rayner; and brother, Donald Malcolm Rayner. The memorial service is scheduled for Friday, March 2, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Church of Our Saviour, Episcopal Church, 375 Mission Farm Rd., Killington. A simple reception will follow in the Parish House. Funeral arrangements are in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Bennington, VT 05201. For online condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. Suggested donations in his memory: Church of Our Saviour Memorial Fund, Vermont Veterans Home, VT/NH Hospice, and Alzheimer's Disease research.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Feb. 28, 2012.
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March 2, 2012
Marion and I were deeply saddened by the passing of your father.There were many great memories that we shared together,both at St James Church in Hartford and our days together at the I.R.I.If the only the world could be transformed into how Bill led his life and treated those he interacted with,it would be a wonderful place with everyone living in harmony together.God bless his soul.

Bill & Marion Boornazian
william boornazian
February 28, 2012
sorry for your loss it is hard my heart goes out to you all.... I am sure he was alot like Jamie a great man
February 28, 2012
I only met your father a few times late in his life, but was very taken by his gentle demeanor and gentlemanly ways. Even then, it was clear how much he loved his family, just from seeing him interact with his daughters, and how much he enjoyed the human family. I didn't know much about his background until I read the obituary, but it doesn't surprise me that he would choose to devote his life in the way he did. The kind of person he was stayed with him even in his illness. I feel blessed to have known him even for that short time. And blessed to call his daughter friend.
Dayle Ann Stratton
February 28, 2012
Your dad was a wonderful man Genie-gentle and kind. He had a wonderful life with you, Jena and his grandchildren. I will remember your dad sitting peacefully among the four legged members of your family and taking his walks with "Ruffie" . Love to you all and see you on Friday. Charlotte A. MacFadden (Pawlet, VT.)
Charlotte MacFadden
February 28, 2012
Love to you, Genie and family...I wish I could be there with you on Friday...Thinking of you.
Frederick Raudat
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