William John Moffett

January 15, 1949 ~ February 13, 2021 (age 72)


William John Moffett

Essex, Vermont resident, Bill Moffett died peacefully at the age of 72, on Saturday, February 13, 2021, at the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester, with family at his side.

Bill was born in Beverly, Massachusetts on January 15, 1949, to Len and Jean Moffett. Bill is survived by his children, Derek Moffett and his partner Patrick Beeson of Montpelier, Natalie Moffett of Saugus, Massachusetts, Christine and her husband Bill Festa of Saugus, Massachusetts, and Lisa Greeley of Malden, Massachusetts. He also was the proud grandfather of Emily and William Festa, and Courtney Twist. He is the beloved brother of Sue Killam and her husband Don, Judy Porreca and her husband Bill, Bobby Moffett and his wife Elaine, and Peter Moffett and his wife Lynn and his sister in-law Dianne Moffett. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He also treasured his lifelong friendship with Stephen Palm of Saratoga Springs, New York and his children Eric and Nate Palm, and Nate's fiance, Joy Holloway.

 Musician and Grateful Dead extraordinaire, you could often find Bill at a concert, dancing and enjoying the music, telling you about a past concert, or trying to convince you to go to a future concert with him. Bill’s love of his children knew no bounds. He treasured every moment he spent with them. He taught his kids to play baseball and softball. He loved umpiring in the Essex Little League and coaching / assistant coaching on his son and daughter's teams. He loved playing guitar and having jam sessions with Derek. Summer’s at Fenway Park with Natalie cheering on the Red Sox was also a favorite for him. He was so proud to take his grandson to 3 Dead & Company shows.

Bill also loved the arts in general, travel, and learning about different cultures. In the last year of his life, he developed an affinity for painting watercolors, and sketching. He was also quite the photographer earlier in his life. His favorite part of being in the Air Force was being stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He was able to visit Japan later in life on business trips with IBM/Novellus. He also enjoyed his travels to Paris and the Netherlands.

He lived his life by the motto “Be Kind” and would ask everyone to take a moment and remember to Be Kind to one another!

 A Celebration of Life will be held this summer, once Covid restrictions lift. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester Vermont or the Vermont Foodbank.

A special thank you to the nurses and staff of UVM Medical Center, Miller 5 and the nurses and staff at the McClure Miller Respite House. Your caring and compassion never went unnoticed.

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