Arthur William "Bill" Wilsey, 87, of Wilsey Road, Greenfield Center, N.Y., passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at his ancestry home with his family at his side.
Bill was born in Gloversville, N.Y., to the late Arthur R. and Mildred Wilsey. He was raised in Gloversville with siblings, Joan Wilsey Clemons and Donald H. Wilsey and spent much of his childhood on his grandfather's farm in Greenfield Center where he lived for over 60 years.
Bill served his country in World War II as a Private 1st Class in the U.S. Army. He saw action on the European front and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. Following his Army service, he attended Cobleskill College where he met his sweetheart, Joy. They married on June 4, 1952, and shared 56 years together until her passing in 2008. Together they raised their three children in the Greenfield family home. Bill loved farming and for many years managed his own chicken farm. His children remember joining him every Friday as he "peddled eggs" to regular home and restaurant customers in Saratoga Springs. Following farming, Bill worked for several years at the Saratoga Bottling plant. In 1965, he began work for the New York State Department of Transportation, where he retired in 1982.
Bill faithfully attended church and currently had received much joy and sustenance joining the congregation at Wilton Baptist Church. He had previously been a member of Middle Grove Methodist Church, Old Stone Church in No. Milton and also had been an active member of the Order of Odd Fellows in Middle Grove and Free Masons in Greenfield Center.
Bill took great pride in the history of his family in the Town of Greenfield and the property they have held there through many generations. One of his most profound memories was writing to his grandfather, William G. Wilsey, from the trenches in WW II and asking him to "sell no more land" as it was his dream to farm there. It gave him great happiness to see that the love of this family property has passed on to his children and grandsons.
Survivors include his daughter, Claudia (Wilsey) Bright and her husband, Kevin and twin grandsons, Zachary and Justin Bright of Los Angeles, Calif.; his son, David William Wilsey of Saratoga Springs; and daughter, Patricia (Wilsey) Veitch and her husband Kevin, and grandsons, Ryan and Jacob of Greenfield Center. Other survivors include his brother and sister, sister-in-law, many nieces and nephews, and his beloved animal menagerie of Bo, Larry, Frankie and Beethoven.
Relatives and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 No. Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584- 5373).
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, December 14, 2012, at Wilton Baptist Church, Route 9 (755 Saratoga Road), Wilton. Burial will follow in Middle Grove Cemetery.
All are invited to a celebration of Bill's life at 138 Wilsey Road, Greenfield Center immediately following the service.
Memorial contributions in Bill's name may be made to Town of Greenfield Historical Society, P.O. Box 502, Greenfield Center, NY 12833.
Bill's family would like to especially thank all those who have tenderly cared for him with love, kindness and dignity including Donna, Marie, Joe, Kara, Marnie, Sue and Kim. Also special thanks to the Middle Grove Volunteer Fire Department.
Bill's legacy of homespun wisdom and love of and connection to our roots - our family, our home, our heritage - will be remembered and live on in all who knew him.
Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.