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Edwin William "Bill" HenryJune 1, 1950 ~ August 29, 2017 (age 67)
Edwin William "Bill" Henry
After a long battle with cancer, Bill passed away peacefully at the VNA Respite House on August 29, 2017 at the age of 67. He was born on June 1, 1950 to Edwin Ward Henry and Clepha Wheeler Henry.
Bill married Donna McGettrick on November 4, 1972. They were nearing their 45th anniversary and still so much in love.
After graduating from Essex Junction High School in 1968, Bill spent several years working with his father and brother in the carpentry trade, spending the rest of his career working at GE/GD. His carpentry skills led him to home improvement projects, deck building, furniture making, and in his last year, a newfound love for model ship building. Throughout his life, Bill was an exceptional athlete showing a natural talent in anything he attempted to do.
Bill was a quiet and private man who had a great love for his family. He enjoyed a special relationship with his daughter, Angela who made him light up just upon entering the room. He shared many of his skills and knowledge with his "protégé" and always liked to call her "#1." Within his circle of family and friends he shared his quick, dry wit endearing himself to all.
Angela was married on September 27, 2003 to Daniel Patnoad and this occasion brought the family much happiness as Dan is truly a source of love, strength, and support. As die-hard Yankee fans, Bill and Donna enjoyed a Yankees/Red Sox rivalry with Angela and Dan.
Bill enjoyed a life-long friendship with his brother-in-law Mike who can be credited with bringing Bill and Donna together as best friend became family.
Over the years, Bill and Donna enjoyed travelling alone or with family to many different places but always had the fondest of memories of the 15 years the family spent at Labor Day Family Camp at Camp Abanaki. Oh what memories from those days.
One memorable trip Bill took was in 2008 when he and brothers-in-law Pat and Mike travelled Route 66. Many hilarious stories from that trip.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Josie McGettrick, brothers-in-law Kurk Perkins and Patrick McGettrick. He is survived by his wife Donna, daughter Angela and son-in-law Daniel Patnoad. He is also survived by his sister, Susan Parizo, brother Richard Henry and his wife Deb, sister-in-law Josie Lamountain, brother-in-law Mike McGettrick and his wife Linda, and sister-in-law Kathleen Perkins, also many nieces and nephews and their families.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Unger and his staff for their wonderful care over the past 3 years and to everyone at the VNA Respite House for making his last month safe and comfortable.
Per Bill's wishes, there will be no visiting hours. A graveside ceremony will take place at Fairview Cemetery on September 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a donation is encouraged to consider the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495 or the VNA Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, VT 05443.
Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Junction, VT in charge of arrangements.