Willet G. Knight
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WILLIAMSTOWN - Willet G. Knight, 91, of Spider Web Farm Road, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, June 12, 2017, with his family by his side.
Will was born in Brooklyn, New York, on Feb. 13, 1926, the third son of Frank and Hazel Knight. Will took his first job at Western Union at the age of 15. He worked in the Merchant Marines until he joined the Navy in January 1944. Will served his country in the Pacific during World War II, and re-enlisted to serve again in the Korean War.
In 1958, Will married the love of his life, Theresa. In 1969, after various business ventures in New York, the family moved to Vermont when Will took a job for the state right-of-way division, working on the project to build the interstate highways. Will loved Vermont and embraced the country lifestyle wholeheartedly. In addition to working for the state, Will turned his woodworking hobby into a business, selling his wares at craft shows throughout the state. He was an active member of the Vermont Hand Crafters Association, serving on the board for many years.
Will taught in Spaulding High School's vocational education program in the late 1970s. He returned to public service when he was elected town lister for Williamstown. He served as the appraiser for the city of Barre for 10 years before retiring to his beloved Spider Web Farm.
In addition to his family, Will's passion in life was the Spider Web Farm, where he collected spider webs and entertained visitors from around the world for 40 years. He particularly enjoyed sharing his knowledge with local children who visited the farm on school trips. Will was a lifelong learner who loved to read and was an avid music lover.
Will is survived by Theresa, his wife of 59 years; their four children, Celeste (& Tom) Pitts, of Lancaster, New Hampshire, Michael (& Melinda) Knight, of Montpelier, and their daughters, Emma and Lily, Willet Knight Jr., of Williamstown, and Maryanne Knight (& Paul Watson), of Goleta, California; grandson Eric (& Sarah) Pitts and their sons, Ben and Luke, of Honolulu, Hawaii; granddaughter Lisa Pitts (& Nathan Hebert), of Portland, Oregon.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre. For a memorial guestbook, visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ainsworth Public Library, P.O. Box 236, Williamstown, VT 05679; or Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.

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Published in Times Argus from Jun. 14 to Jun. 15, 2017.
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July 3, 2017
My husband and I are sorry to hear of Mr. Knight's passing. We spent two memorable afternoons talking with him and learning from him during two separate vacations about ten years ago. The second time, he "harvested" a web for us. After that, we stood outside and watched an eagle soar above us. It was one of those all-too-rare moments of peace and contentment. May you all know that peace and contentment now and each day forward.
Charles and Sara Snowden
June 19, 2017
Mrs. Knight and family,
Willy will always hold a special place in my heart. I will say a prayer for you all.
Love Charlene Avery Stone
Charlene Stone
June 18, 2017
Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you.
John & Rose Dufresne
June 18, 2017
To Will's family Bill and I were sadden to hear of your loss.
My deepest sympathy to the family, on this somber occasion I send to you my deepest regrets for the loss you have experienced. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Please find peace in knowing that God understands your grief and that He cares. 1 Peter 5:6, 7 -
Bill & Kinda Avery
June 15, 2017
Terry, so sorry to hear of this...thinking of you and your family.
Lorna Carty
June 15, 2017
My son and I accidentally found the Spider farm four years ago while camping close by. It was a adventure we did not expect that day. The stories were amazing. What a blessing for the world to have had such anique person for so long.
June 15, 2017
Terry and family,

So sorry to hear of your loss. He was quite a special man. I guess heaven needed another angel.

Doreen Townsend, Nashua, NH
June 14, 2017
Dear Knight family....so very sorry to hear of Will's passing. He was a great man and will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
Shari Bach
June 14, 2017
Terry and family, so sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts are with you. Cathie
Cathie Powers
June 14, 2017
Mike and families,
Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of such a special guy, father, grandfather, friend, etc. He brought joy to many people with his unique talent and love of nature. May the memories you made help sustain you as you go through this difficult time.
Tamyra & Jeff Ladd
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