WILMINGTON- William (Bill) Herbert, 80, died peacefully in his home with his family and friends by his side.
Mr. Herbert was recently a resident of Wilmington and formerly a 50-year resident of Harvard, MA. He was born December 16, 1938, in Waterbury, CT. He was was the son of Edward W. Herbert and Anna (Sheehan) Herbert. He grew up in Waterbury, attended Sacred Heart High School and The University of Detroit, where he earned his BS in mechanical engineering. He later earned an MBA from the University of Connecticut.
In 1961, Mr. Herbert married Carolyn B. Wells, of Waterbury, and in 1969, they settled in Harvard, MA, where they raised their two children, Crista and Keith. He worked for General Electric and later for Honeywell. He then followed his entrepreneurial spirit and started his own company, “Coordinated Services.”
Upon retiring, Mr. Herbert worked as a substitute teacher in the high school and enjoyed working with senior citizens, keeping active with the men’s coffee group and planning excursions for the Council on Aging.
Throughout their time in Harvard, Bill and Carol frequently traveled to Wilmington with their children, where they all loved to ski. Mr. Herbert coordinated many ski weekends, tennis weekends and wood-cutting weekends. A house full of friends was his greatest joy.
In 2014, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert moved to Wilmington to be near their children and grandchildren. In Wilmington, Mr. Herbert again started a Men’s Coffee Club, which continues to this day. He was a member of the Rotary Club of the Deerfield Valley and attended Our Lady of Fatima Church.
Mr. Herbert was preceded in death by his wife Carol. He is survived by his daughter Crista Herbert Gannon, and her husband John Gannon; his son Keith Herbert, and his wife Kathleen Cincotta; and grandchildren John Hambleton, Katherine Hambleton, and Kira Cincotta. He has 16 nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and -nephews.
Family and friends are invited to gather in order to honor and remember Mr. Herbert at Badger’s Funeral Home, 45 School St, Groton, MA, on Tuesday, May 28, from 4 to 7 pm.
Catholic Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Theresa the Little Flower Church, 15 Still River Road, Harvard, MA, on Wednesday, May 29, at 11 am with burial to follow in Bellevue Cemetery. All those who are able are then invited to gather at Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, for a light lunch and some reminiscing.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Southwestern Vermont Cancer Center, 100 Hospital Drive, Suite 41, Bennington, VT 05201.