William F. "Bill" Herman, Jr.
NEW PALTZ - William Frederick Herman Jr, or Bill to everyone that knew him, of New Paltz, NY, died on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Woodland Pond CCRC. He was 82. Born on July 3, 1935 in White Plains, NY, Bill attended Stepinac High School, then SUNY Farmingdale for Horticultural Studies and Landscape Design after serving in the US Army abroad in Europe from 1955-57.
In 1959, Bill married high school sweetheart Virginia 'Ginger' Gillronan, and together had 4 children: daughters Cindy and Debra, and sons Bill III and Chris.
Bill took on leadership roles beginning in high school, becoming an active community and business leader upon coming to Dutchess County in many area organizations and trade associations. He was recognized within his industry & by his peers as an outstanding award-winning landscape designer.
Nicknamed "Herman the Bushman", Bill started Herman's Nursery & Garden Center and Landscape Design Build Company in 1960. Employing hundreds of people over 5 decades and giving many a start to their career, Bill's employees became an expanded family. Retiring in 2013 after 53 years in business, Bill and the Nursery were especially remembered by generations of families for the animated Christmas Wonderland.
Bill gave generously to many non-profit organizations and associations of his community throughout his life. He loved to present flowers and winter greens to his wide network of beloved clients, family & friends.
His zest for living was evident in how much he loved to dance, entertain, & visit with friends and family. He was an avid skier, loved to ride horses and to travel. He used his Army years to reconnect with his family throughout Ireland & Germany, particularly with his Irish relatives on the hill in County Mayo, Ireland where he returned many times over.
Bill loved his family dearly and is survived by wife Ginger; daughters Cindy & fiance Kenny Savino of High Falls, NY, and Debra of Santa Barbara, CA; son Bill of Charleston, SC; and son Chris & partner Angela Dumadag of New York, NY, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews here and abroad.
Visiting hours will be held at William G. Miller & Son Funeral Home at 371 Hooker Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY on Friday August 4, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00pm and from 6:00 to 8:00pm, and on Saturday August 5, 2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. A memorial service will also take place at William G. Miller & Son Funeral Home on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 12:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bill's name to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
by supporting "Trailblazers for Bill" in running the 2017 NYC Marathon at https://fundraise.michaeljfox.org/2017-TCS-NYC-Marathon/TrailblazersForBill
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