William Furniss Hetherington
November 26, 1931 - May 10, 2021
William Furniss Hetherington passed away peacefully at his daughter's home in Riner, Va., exactly as he wanted it- having had the opportunity to be with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren at his bedside prior to his passing.
Bill was born in Danbury, Conn., on November 26, 1931, to Stanley and Geraldine Hetherington. He attended Rogers HS, graduated from the University of R.I., and earned his master's degree at Columbia University. Bill married his childhood sweetheart, Dorothy Joan Hetherington, on Mar 29, 1952, in St. James Episcopal Church in Newport, R.I. and they were happily married for over 63 years. He served in the Air Force as a weatherman after which he and Joan moved to New City Park in 1959. Bill was a teacher for 34 years at Mt. Vernon High School, Scoutmaster for Troop 444, and he was a driving force within the community of St. John's Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry, and New City Park Lake where he served as President and "chief cook and bottle washer" for over 54 years.
He is survived by his son, Jeffrey Hetherington and his wife, Lolly, of Chapin, S.C. and their son, Michael and his wife, Ashley and their children, Jonathon and Reagan, and Jeff and Lolly's daughter, Linda Appling; his son, Gregory Hetherington and his wife, Merle, of Brandon, Fla., and their children, Ashley Hetherington, Matthew Hetherington and his wife, Kate, Karen Knight and daughter, Mallory Zachorewitz and her husband, Rick; his daughter, Pamela Hetherington and her spouse, Darlene (Brick) Brickel, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; his son, Todd Hetherington and his wife, Britt, of Fairfax, Va. and their daughter, Kristen and her husband, Jason and their children, Charlotte and Grant, their daughter, Lauren and her husband, Aaron, and their son, Logan; his son, David Hetherington of New Port Richey, Fla.; his daughter, Kimberly Dominy and her husband, Paul of Riner, Va., and their children, Nathaniel, Cameron and his wife, Hannah, Trevor, and Caitlin; his sister, Jane Norris of Keystone Heights, Fla.; and his brother, Arthur Hetherington of Avon, Conn.
A family service will be conducted at his son Todd's home at Deep Creek Lake, Md., on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 12 p.m. His ashes will be interred next to his wife at the Memorial Garden at St. John's Episcopal Church in New City, N.Y. When N.Y. opens up later in the summer, a celebration of his life will be held at New City Park Lake.
Donations in his memory are requested in lieu of flowers, to the two organizations Bill gave so much of his life to, New City Park Lake, 85 Collyer Ave., New City, NY 10956, or St. John's Episcopal Church, 365 Strawtown Rd., New City, NY 10956.
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Published by Roanoke Times on May 13, 2021.