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William Birch

William Edward Birch

Tuesday, November 23rd, 1948 - Wednesday, February 10th, 2021
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William Edward Birch, 72, of Readsboro, VT died unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at his home.
William was born on November 23, 1948, the son of Clinton & Barbara Ellen (Phelps) Birch Sr. He attended local schools and went on to attend Champlain College, acquiring a degree in computer engineering. William worked as a computer programmer at Sprague Electric; afterwards, opening a Carpentry business with his son, Benjamin. William also served in the US Army during the Vietnam Era, was a member of the American Legion Post 66, and the National Rifle Association.
William, also known as Bill, was an avid hunter and fisherman, who considered the woods and the water his church. Teaching kids how to hunt and fish was his passion. It was important for him to pass on the traditions for the generations to come. Bill’s hunting beagles, Raider and Spade, were a big part of his life, and he loved going hunting with his crew. Captain Bill had a boat slip at Lake Champlain for many years and loved fishing and being with his family and friends on the water. He also ran fishing charters and lead hunting guides to teach others the sport. Bill lived his entire life in the town of Readsboro and loved the community. His kind and giving heart was felt by so many people and he will be greatly missed.
Bill leaves his longtime companion Deborah Schick, his mother, Barbara Ellen Birch of Readsboro, his daughter, Abigail Birch and her partner Mark Long, grandchildren, Nicholas Birch, Casey Pillsbury. He also leaves his sister Bonnie Nadeau & her husband James, sister Sharon Bird, his brother Gary Birch & wife Charlotte, sister Nancy Baker & husband Douglas, sister Martha Mason & husband Richard, sister Sue Lawrence & husband Clive, sister Diane Williams, and brother Clinton Birch Jr. & wife Susan, and many nieces and nephews. Bill also leaves his other grandchildren: Evan & Abby, Taylor, Noah, Baylee, Jayden & Livy. He was predeceased by his son, Benjamin Birch, his father Clinton Birch Sr., and his brother-in-law, Steven Bird.

FUNERAL NOTICE: At the request of the family there will be no services at this time. There will be a Celebration of Bill’s Life in the spring. Flynn & Dagnoli Funeral Homes – CENTRAL CHAPEL 74 Marshall St., North Adams, MA 01247 is entrusted with arrangements. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the American Legion Post 66, PO Box 217, Readsboro, VT 05350, and the First Baptist Church, PO Box 333, Readsboro, VT 05350.
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Judy Graziano

Posted at 12:03pm
Bill was a wonderful neighbor to my son & friend who bought land up the road. He knew the land like the back of his hand, and shared his knowledge and stories with them. I was lucky enough to meet Bill a couple of times - what a nice man. He will surely be missed.

Cynthia Musto

Posted at 08:56am
Bill was such a kind an wonderful man and our entire King Hill neighborhood will miss him and his well wishes when any of us would walk or drive by. Also his and Deb’s incredible garden which they shared with all of us. God Bless Captain Bill

Howard and Kathleen Phelps

Posted at 02:25pm
We plant this tree in loving memory of my cousin Bill who loves an outdoors man.
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Bernard Barlow

Posted at 12:29pm
We are so sorry for your loss.
The Birch family is surrounded by much love.
sharing in your sadness as you remember Billy.
Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. ...
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