William M. Blitzer, was born in Bronx, NY, on, September 5, 1938 to parents Morton and Beatrice (Kosso) Blitzer. At the age of 5, Bill, started spending summers in Willow where his grandparents, Don and Sonja Kosso, bought an old farm house on Silver Hollow Road with 150 acres for summer vacations with family and friends. After graduating from Columbus High School in the Bronx in 1956, he attended Ogalthorpe University and Pace College and was a member of the Army Reserves.
After working in the manufacturing of wire and cable in the family business, he became the plant manager of Carolle Cable in Rhode Island. His working career included industrial sales for Panasote, Kurt Orban Importers, Wolberg Electric, and others.
Bill fell in love with Woodstock in the 60’s. The Sea Horse on Rock City Road was the center of good times where he met many colorful Woodstock characters. Morning coffee with friends at the Woodstocker and Duey’s, fly fishing, fly tying, hunting, trap shooting, and swapping stories with the locals gave him a lot of pleasure.
In 1967, he was married briefly to Faithe DeCuzzi. In 1972, he met his wife, Bobby, at Deanie’s Restaurant on Mill Hill Road. On “ Sabbaticals” between jobs, he built a house and a barn in Willow, planted lawns, gardens, and carefully pruned orchard of 20 fruit trees, and laid up bluestone walls.
Two stepsons, Jason, and Nathan, were “educated” in lawn mowing and feeding the woodstove.
After Retirement, Bill constructed and flew Radio Controlled model planes and was a member of the Saugerties club, Sawyer R/C Fliers.
Arrangements are under the guidance of Lasher Funeral Home Inc. 100 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY.
A Celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date.
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