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WILLIAM BROOKE OSTRANDER SWANTON - William Brooke Ostrander, a music educator at Missisquoi Valley Union High School for 26 years, passed away Saturday afternoon, Sept. 3, 2011, in the Northwestern Medical Center, surrounded by loving family and friends. Brooke had an unending passion for music from the time he was a young boy, participating in numerous ensembles in High School, All State Music Festivals, and an award winning drum and bugle corps in New York City, N.Y. He received his baccalaureate and master degrees, Magna Cum Laude, in Music Theory and Composition from Emporia State University, created inspirational music with his rock and roll band "Wicked Lester", and worked as a studio musician at Electric Ladyland Studio with recording artists like Steven Stills. Brooke spent 10 years in Browning, Mont. where he developed a music program for the Blackfeet Indian tribe. Brooke was so much more than just a music teacher. He was a life coach for those who he knew needed him. When in his presence the love, guidance, humor, calm strength and nurturing aura was powerful enough to last a lifetime. Brooke lives on through the love of his wife, Carol Ann; his daughter, Katy and her husband, Reid; his son, Jordan and his wife, Alexis; his sister, Cathi; and brother, Bruce; his brother-in-law, Bob and his wife, Barbara; his sister-in-law, Angela and her husband, Eugene; and his father-in-law, George Storck. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at 11 a.m. from The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 65 Canada Street, Swanton. Father Thomas D. Nadeau will be the celebrant and Father Brian J. O'Donnell the homilist. A reception for family and friends will immediately follow the liturgy in the Nativity Parish Center. Friends may call at The Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Avenue, Swanton on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. To offer private online condolences, please visit: Gifts in Brooke's memory may be made to a Music Scholarship that is being established in his name for students at Missisquoi Valley Union High School, in care of Carol Ostrander, 1990 Highgate Road, Saint Albans, VT 05478.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Sept. 6, 2011
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