Obituary for William Everts Jr.
William Joseph Everts, Jr., 78, of Winooski, Vermont, passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at his home. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on September 11, 1938 to William and Bertha (Susko) Everts. He was a graduate of Northeast Catholic High School for Boys, St. Joseph's University (Bachelor's), and Temple University (Master's), all in Philadelphia. He also served two years in the U.S. Army.
While acting in a neighborhood theater production of "South Pacific," Bill met Patricia Cohill. Bill and Pat married on October 26, 1963, and three weeks later set sail for Ireland. Bill and Pat were adventurers: they hitchhiked throughout Europe and lived and worked in London and Dublin before returning home to raise a family. Bill taught at various Philadelphia-area schools before moving to Vermont in 1973 to accept a job at Champlain College, where he taught Shakespeare and English for 30 years. He loved teaching and was proud of his profession.
Bill and Pat settled in Winooski where they raised five children, all graduates of Winooski High School. He influenced so many young lives over the years as a coach for Pop Warner football, Little League baseball, Winooski youth softball, CYO basketball for St. Francis Xavier, and Winooski High School girls basketball and softball. He was actively involved with the Winooski Swim Team; and for two decades he held the chains at Winooski High School football games. He was a dedicated fan, traveling the state to attend his children's and grandchildren's many games, and was a faithful attendee at Champlain College and UVM basketball games. He was a lifelong fan of Notre Dame football and the Philadelphia Phillies, even though they broke his heart most years. He also played for the Winooski senior baseball team.
Bill had many loves: jazz, fishing, gardening, theater, writing, travel, and a good party. He was a great storyteller, a loyal friend, a dedicated husband and father, a doting grandfather, and a wonderful guy. We will miss his quick wit, his homemade jam, his laughter, his fried perch, his readiness to host a party for any and no occasion, and, most of all, his friendship, love and support, which he gave in endless abundance. To be in his company was to be his friend.
Bill is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia (Cohill); his five children, Deirdre Raleigh (Jeff) of Swanton, Megan Everts of Burlington, Jennifer Agnew (Jim) of Burlington, Bill Everts (India Hammerslough) of Burlington, and Bridget LaRoche (Scott) of Georgia, Vermont; and his beloved grandchildren, of whom he was endlessly proud: Dakota and Jack Raleigh, Fiona and Jimmy Agnew, Iris Hammerslough, and Casper and Frances LaRoche. He is also survived by his brother, Joseph Everts of Kansas City, Missouri, and many loving nieces and nephews and extended family. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Bertha, and his sister-in-law, Judy Everts.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis Xavier Church in Winooski on Friday, April 7 at 11:00 am, followed by a private burial. At Bill's request there will be no viewing hours. Instead, in true Irish style, Bill requested that we throw him a party, so a celebration of his life will be held at the St. John's Club (9 Central Avenue, Burlington) on Friday, April 7 starting at 4:00 pm. All are welcome to pay their respects and raise a glass to Bill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winooski Dollars for Scholars, c/o Kathy Greene, 60 Normand Street, Winooski, VT 05404.
Arrangements are under the care of LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Condolences may be shared at www.lavignefuneralhome.com.