Remembering members of the Williston Northampton community

Robert O. Branch ’39

Robert O. Branch Jr., 92, formerly of Pepperbox Road and currently of Beechwood Drive, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Branch was born on Sept. 28, 1920, in Willimantic, the son of Robert O. Branch Sr. and Ruth (Talcott) Branch. Some of his favorite stories were of his boyhood memories sailing his canoe on Hall’s pond, sledding down Lewiston Avenue, spending summers at the church camp his family helped build, and playing the saxophone in clubs beginning at age 14.

Bob attended Williston Academy and Union College, and served in the U.S. Air Force in Paris during World War II. After the war, he worked at the Howard Johnson’s restaurant on Bank Street in New London, which he managed until retirement 36 years later. Continue reading

Conrad William Fisher ’52

PALM BEACH, FL – Conrad William Fisher, born on June 07, 1934 in Worcester, MA, a resident of Palm Beach, Florida, died on April 24, 2013. He grew up in Worcester and spent his summers in Gloucester.

The son of Rose Mandell and Julius Fisher, both of Worcester, Conrad is survived by the love of his life, Edith Robbins Fisher, presently of Palm Beach and also born and raised in Worcester, where the couple were married on August 25, 1957.

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Bill Morrison, Jr. ’89

William P. “”Bill”” Morrison Jr., 42, of Wilmington, Del., formerly of Painesville, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

He was born Dec. 27, 1970, in the Bronx, N.Y.

Bill was the managing director for the business development and strategic operations at Global Debt Registry, LLC. Before that, he was a senior director in marketing for Sallie Mae, SVP – national sales execution executive and west division mortgage executive for Bank of America, chief executive officer for MBNA Spain and senior vice president for MBNA USA and Canada.

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Robert C. Allen, Jr. ’62

Robert “Cy” C. Allen, Jr. died Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the age of 69. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 21, 1944, the son of Robert & Margaret (Clemmer) Allen.

He is survived by his wife Helen Pellegrini (“Josie”), and their daughters Katherine and Elizabeth of Mahopac; his son Christopher of Boston, MA and his mother, Alexandra Allen; and his brothers Richard (WA ’65), Thomas, William, and David (WNS ’78). He was predeceased by his sister Deborah.

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Edward J. Chmura, Current Staff

Edward J. Chmura (1956 – 2013)

HATFIELD – Edward J. Chmura, 56, of 11 Scotland Road, passed away suddenly Monday, March 25, 2013, at home.

Born Aug. 29, 1956, in Northampton, he was the son of Mildred (Novak) Chmura and the late Eugene Chmura.  Ed grew up in Hadley but also spent much time in Hatfield farming with his family.

In 1974, he graduated from Hopkins Academy. He later earned an associate’s degree in accounting from Holyoke Community College.

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William H. S. Roberts ’48

SOUTH HADLEY – William H. Roberts, 82, of Woodbridge St., died May 4, 2012. he was born in South Hadley. He was the son of the late Raymond and Alice (Missett) Roberts. Bill served in the United States Air Force. He was predeceased by his companion Shirley Perron. Bill is survived by his aunt, Rudy Roberts, and his former wife, Carol Roberts. The funeral for Bill will be held on Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. in the Ryder Funeral Home followed with his burial in St. Rose Cemetery both in South Hadley. A calling hour will be held Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Thomas E. Stasz ’67

Thomas E. Stasz of Weybridge, Vermont died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.  He succumbed, at age 63, after a long, heroic battle with myelofibrosis.  His family and friends surrounded him at his bedside as snow fell in Central Park.

Tom graduated from Williston Academy, ’67 and Middlebury College, ‘71. He also held advanced degrees from the University of Vermont, a PhD from Cornell and a JD from Syracuse University. His professional life included work as a bench scientist, the founder of a start-up company and as a corporate attorney.  He was known for his genuine concern for others, his level head and an analytical mind.

Thomas was the essence of the Renaissance man:  a builder of homes and barns, an orchardist, a master syrup maker, a bee keeper, and an athlete. Most importantly, especially to him, he was a loving husband and devoted father. His was a life well lived, and he touched with humor, imagination and grace all who were lucky enough to know him.

Services will be private. Contributions can be made in Tom’s name to Addison County 4-H Foundation, (Attention: Martha Seifert), 23 Pond Lane, Suite 300, Middlebury, Vermont 05753.

Two of Tom’s brothers, Paul Stasz ’65 and Peter Stasz ’65, are also graduates of Williston Academy.

Remembering members of the Williston Northampton community