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WILLIAM "BILL" TOWLE, D.M.D. - VENICE, Fla. - William "Bill" Towle, D.M.D., 89, of Venice, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. He was born in Richford, Vt., on June 21, 1923, the son of William Clare and Ruth (Haughey) Towle. Dr. Towle was a 1941 graduate of Richford High School. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps (330th Bomb Unit) in July 1941, and served in the United States, North Africa and Italy during World War II, before leaving active duty in July 1945. He later served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps Reserve from 1952-1957. After leaving active service in 1945, Dr. Towle attended the University of Vermont and then attended and graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Mass., in 1952. He served in the Vermont National Guard, 43rd Division in 1948, while at UVM. He was a life member of the Vermont State Dental Society and the American Dental Association, and for many years he was an active member of the Richford Lions Club and American Legion Post No. 12 (Richford) and No. 113 (Rotonda.) He married Anne Carpenter of Newport on Sept. 1, 1952, and practiced general dentistry in Richford for 35 years. He also volunteered at the North Country Hospital in Newport, and Englewood Hospital in Englewood, Fla.. Dr. Towle is survived by his wife, Anne; three children, daughter, Mary Katherine "Kathy" Towle of Atlanta, Ga.; son, Michael (Holley) Towle and grandson, Andrew Towle, of Hendersonville, Tenn.; and daughter, Elizabeth Anne "Betsy" (Jay) Brightman and grandchildren, Andy Brightman, Samantha Brightman and Emma Brightman, of North Wales, Pa.; two sisters, Betty Ohno of Saugerties N.Y., and Susan Duncan of Burlington; brother-in-law, William Carpenter of Burlington; and numerous nieces and nephews. Dr. Towle was predeceased by a son, Andrew Towle in March 1975. Dr. Towle loved Vermont and all of the wonderful things offered there, most specifically skiing (Jay Peak and Mont Sutton, Quebec), golf (Richford, Newport and Rotonda Country Clubs), and the family's camp on Lake Memphremagog in Newport. He also was a devoted Boston Red Sox fan. He was a beloved patriarch, and fixture in Richford and Newport during the many years he practiced dentistry and summered at Lake Memphremagog. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Grove City, Fla. Burial will be held in Vermont at a later date. Farley Funeral Home in Venice, Fla., is handling the arrangements. To send condolences visit In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Dr. Towle to Autism Speaks, 216 Haddon Ave., Suite 403, Westmont, NJ 08108; or to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 010610515.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Feb. 2, 2013
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