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William Spear, Jr.
Charlotte - William 'Bid' Spear, Jr., 86, of Charlotte, died peacefully in the comfort of his home, on Monday, February 19, 2018.
Bid was born on May 3, 1931, on his parent's farm in Charlotte, to the late William Sr. and Irene (Fales) Spear.
The Spear's love story started when he was 15 years old. On Valentine's Day in 1951, Bid married the love of his life, Helena Mack. Together the two raised their four children, William, Jon, Kimberly and Darcy in their home in Charlotte, at the base of Mt. Philo.
Bid grew up in Charlotte and was an active member of the community. He was Chief of the Charlotte Volunteer Fire Department, member of the Charlotte Police Department, Charlotte Fire Warden, and coached Babe Ruth baseball. He was also in the Navy, a member of the American Legion, the NRA, Ducks Unlimited and was involved with the Charlotte Masonic Lodge. Bid and Helena also owned/operated Uncle Sam's Creemee Stand for over 38 years, employing generations of areas kids. His family also owned Spear's garage which he worked as a mechanic for years with his father before taking the helm. As a business man, he was unique by today's standards, he trusted and believed in people. He believed a man's word meant something and made deals with a handshake not a pen. If they were multi-year deals, they would meet once a year and renew the deal with a handshake.
Bid's real passions however were hunting and fishing. He loved the outdoors and spending time at deer camp or on his boat fishing. He spent many hours on Lake Champlain as the captain of his boat, Shee-Agreez, with friends and family. He loved the lake and was known to load up the pickup with the neighborhood kids and head to the lake for a swim. When he wasn't fishing, Bid was at home talking to his fishing buddies on the radio to see what they were catching. In the fall, you'd find him at deer camp sharing stories and playing a few hands of poker (and fitting in time for a little hunting as well). Bid had a passion for guns; before his Winchester collection was lost to a house fire, you could find him in his collection room cleaning his guns and admiring their craftsmanship.
He will always be loved and remembered by his loving wife of 66 years, Helena of Charlotte; their children; son William of Charlotte, son Jon and wife Karen of Panton, daughter Kimberly and husband Gary of Bristol, and son Darcy and wife Terry of Bristol. He also leaves a brother Sam and sister-in-law Priscilla of Sebastian Florida; ten grandchildren: Sarah, Kaci, Jazmin, Dakota, Stephanie, Leslie, Taylor, Derek, Gaige and Camarie; Seven great-grandchildren (with 2 more on the way): Riley, Aiden, Audrey, Gabriel, Jackson, Lincoln and Finleigh; many nephews and nieces; and a couple of special cousins, Susan Horsford and Mary Brown.
A celebration of Bid's life and a time to share stories with family and friends will be at a later date once a time and location have been decided.
Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Vermont Nurses Association at 1110 Prim Rd., Colchester, VT 05446 or the Addison County Humane S