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William G. Bender, age 83, a longtime resident of Burlington, Vermont, passed away on June 05, 2011 at Birchwood Terrace Healthcare.
He was born on June 24, 1927 in Warren, son of Philip B. Bender and Florence gaylord Bender. William spent his childhood in Kane and graduated from Mansfield University with a BS degree in music education. There he was a member of the woodwind ensemble and was the featured oboe soloist for this group while in school.
A Navy veteran from WWII, he visited Hiroshima three months after the bombing and recalled the devastation.
The following children survive hims: George Bender, Debbie West, Tamsen Gooch and Greg Howard, as well as 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Most will remember Bill as a fine thespian as he was in many plays with various theatre groups in the Burlington area over many years. He also collected over 1,000 cassettes of old radio shows like' Lum and Abner' or 'The Lone Ranger' and enjoyed sharing them with all who were interested.
If you ever visited the Ethan Allen Homestead in our area you more than likely were entertained by Bill narrating (in full costume of the period) Ethan's various escapades when he lived there. If you caught him on the street or in the store he would always be wearing his favorite baseball hat supporting the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He created a collection of fine needlepoint pictures that he copied from famous artists like Margit or Picasso. They still can be found at local establishments.
Bill was at one time labeled "the Lone Speller" by the Free Press in letters he submitted and they published. He enjoyed needling them about spelling and grammar errors primarily because he was an English teacher in his elaborate past.
When it came to music you would often see him enjoying a Beethoven symphony with his headset on, eyes closed and conducting them with his hands.
All that knew him will miss him. The family will be conducting a private memorial at a later date in this area as he wished.