Shrewsbury-William “Bill” Lawrence Haith, 84 died at home Tuesday, December 13, 2011 of lymphoma. He is predeceased by his wife Rose Radzik Haith.
William was born in Philadelphia, PA., son of William Lawrence Haith and Agnes Donohue Haith Thibeault. He grew up in Southbridge, graduated from Mary E. Wells High School, and served in the U.S. Army 1945-1946. He graduated from Clark University in 1954, and he was employed by General Electric in Schenectady, NY. until 1956. He later taught at North High School and Tantasqua High School, Paton School and Beal School, then continued a long public career as teacher of English at Burncoat Sr. High School, retiring in 1988
Bill worked summers at Nature Training School, Holden MA as director of this summer camp in 1970, and as teacher of Ornithology, Meteorology, and Pond Life through the 1960’s and 1970’s. He was an avid hiker and camper, and also enjoyed traveling with his wife.
He leaves his daughters, Mary Ann Smith of Shrewsbury, and Patricia Feijo and her husband, James of RI,; his son, William Lawrence, Jr. D.O> and his wife, Lisa, of Biddeford, ME; his five grandchildren: Sasha and Kayla Smith, and Sean, Michael and Angela Haith; and his dearest friend Natalie Aspero.
A funeral Mass for William will be held on Monday December, 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM in St. Mary’s Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury. There are no calling hours. Burial with Military Honors will take place in Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury, following Mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saint Mary’s Building Fund.