William Hackett Carpenter

July 25, 1932 ~ November 16, 2018 (age 86)


William Hackett Carpenter

Burlington - William (Bill) Hackett Carpenter, 86, of Burlington, VT passed away peacefully on Friday November 16, 2018, after a long, wonderful life.

Bill was born on July 25, 1932 in St. Albans, VT the son of Wm Roy Carpenter and Rosemary Hackett Carpenter. He was the cherished younger brother to his only sibling, Anne Carpenter Towle. The family lived on Upper Newton Street in St. Albans. They moved several times due to his father's career with the U.S. Customs which took them to Richford, VT in 1940, and then to Newport, VT where Bill graduated from Newport High School in 1950. He was on the football team and was selected to play on the All State Football Team his senior year. Bill received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1954 from St. Michael's College Colchester, VT. He served in the U.S. Army in the Medical Corps as a Medic and loved to tell of his adventures in Germany during this time. 

After serving his country in the U.S. Army, Bill pursued a career in commercial lending working for the Commercial Credit Company in Burlington and from there, he worked for the Ford Motor Credit Company. In 1967, he began his career as a banker for the Chittenden Trust Company rising to the position of Senior Vice President of the Mortgage and Loan Department. Upon his retirement from the Chittenden Trust Co., he sold real estate for Century 21 Jack Associates and worked for the Handy family in property management. He completely retired from working in 2015 and gave up his driving license in 2017 at the age of 85. He lived his entire adult life in Burlington, VT.

Bill's impact was felt far and wide. He was a grateful son, unbelievably loving father, father-in-law, grandfather, devoted brother, favorite uncle and a great friend to many. Bill was a loyal parishioner of St. Mark's Church in Burlington, where he served the parish for several years as a member of the Parish Council. He was an amazing man of strong Catholic faith which never wavered, and he instilled the Catholic faith in his children and grandchildren. He was a devoted New York Yankees baseball fan, loved Notre Dame football, and was a season ticket holder for many years following the UVM men's hockey team. He was a well known collector of Big Little books, Corgi Cars, Baseball cards, bicentennial quarters, Lone Ranger and Hopalong Cassidy memorabilia. His hobbies included long-distance running, and casting and painting lead soldiers. 

In his spare time, Bill could be found at his grandchildren's extracurricular activities often joining his children on the sidelines and cheering the grandchildren along, be it basketball, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, cross country running and skiing, theatre and dance recitals. His grandchildren were so appreciative of having Grandad at their activities and being such a great presence in their lives. He was also a huge fan of Ralph Lauren clothing and was a frequent customer at the Ralph Lauren outlet in Essex where the sales staff knew him as Mr. Carpenter.

Bill maintained his sense of humor and acceptance of the inevitable throughout his declining health. He was very interested in knowing whom his children voted for in the most recent election, and he was proud to say that he cast his vote by absentee ballot. He told us many times that he loved us, and not to worry about him as he was getting ready to be reunited with people that he had not seen for quite some time.

Bill is survived by his beloved children and their spouses, all residing in Vermont: Allyson Carpenter-Yandow and Chris Yandow of South Burlington, Shelley Carpenter Spillane and Chip Spillane of Shelburne, Llynne Carpenter Kiernan and Joseph Kiernan of Randolph, and John Carpenter and Melinda Delorme Carpenter of Cambridge, his 10 grandchildren that he was immensely proud of and who were all very special to him, Meghan, Sarah and Lauren Yandow, Tucker, Summer and Kidder Spillane, Erin and James Kiernan and Austen and Chace Carpenter. Additionally, his sister Anne Carpenter Towle of Venice, FL and many cousins, nieces and one nephew; he was predeceased by his parents, his brother-in-law Dr. William Towle, his nephew Andrew William Towle and his much loved son and namesake, William Hackett Carpenter, Jr. 

Bill was fortunate to have so many very good friends he made wonderful memories with, Corliss Blakeley and Barry Hickok, Kevin Shee and all of the escapades at Camp Elizabeth, and Tom Moriarty. A special thank you to Dr. Mark Pitcher, Dr. Laura McGevna, Mrs. Elaine Delorme, and Sister Marie Foley for their unwavering support of our father over the years, he truly appreciated all that you did. A special thank you to the staff at Burlington Health & Rehab.

Corbin & Palmer Funeral Chapel of Shelburne, is in care of arrangements. Calling hours will be held at Corbin & Palmer Funeral Chapel, 209 Falls Road Shelburne, VT on Friday, November 30, 2018 from 3-6 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 11:00 am at St. Mark's Church in Burlington, with interment to follow at Lakeview Cemetery next to his son Billy. Please consider a memorial contribution in William H. Carpenter's name to The University of Vermont Cancer Center, restricted to Breast Cancer Research, The Courtyard at Given, 4th Floor North, 89 Beaumont Ave. Burlington, VT 05405, ( an organization that Bill fully supported.

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Calling hours
November 30, 2018

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Shelburne Funeral Chapel of Corbin and Palmer, 209 Falls Rd.
209 Falls Rd
Shelburne, VT 05482

Mass of Christian Burial
December 1, 2018

11:00 AM
St. Mark Church
North Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401

Interment following

Lakeview Cemetery
455 North Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401

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