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William H. Taft

Published on March 15, 2024

West Leyden- William H. Taft, 81, of Kirk Road, husband of Carol, passed away while surrounded by the love of his wife and children, at Wynn Hospital, Utica, on Wednesday, March 13, 2024.

Affectionately known as Bill, he was born in Lowville, on September 17, 1942, a son of William H. and Mary L. Bush Taft.  Bill graduated from Boonville Central School, with the Class of 1962.  On August 30, 1962, he entered the service of his country, serving in the U.S. Navy, as a radioman, onboard the USS Hopewell during the Vietnam War.  On September, 21, 1966, Bill was honorably discharged from the Navy, earning the Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, and a Good Conduct Medal.  Thereafter, Bill served in the U.S. Navy Reserves, until his honorable discharge, in 1968.

In the fall of 1966, Bill returned to Boonville and worked at Williamsons’ Foodland as the produce manager, for which he won several awards for his department. Beginning in September, 1973, Bill was employed at Ethan Allen Furniture Company, Boonville. After 30 years of service he retired in 2003. During his many years of employment at Ethan Allen, he was a foreman and department leader.

On June 28, 1975, Bill was united in marriage with Carol A. Provost, at the Boonville United Methodist Church.  In 1976, the couple settled on Kirk Road, in West Leyden, where they raised four amazing children.

Family was the most important thing in Bill’s life. He is survived by his loving wife Carol of 49 years. Son Benjamin Taft (Tanya) Boonville, Daughter Erin Burns (Bill) Woodgate NY, Daughter Adrianne Taft (Kyle) Old Forge, Son Adam Taft (Amie)Westminister CO, Grandsons: Dylan and Ethan Burns, Step grandchildren: Blake, Kadin, and Pyper Baslow. 

Visitation hours are Wednesday, March 20, 2024, from 5-7 P.M.  At 7:00 P.M. Military Rites will be rendered by Charles J. Love Post American Legion, Harland J. Hennessey Post, V.F.W. and the Tun Tavern Marine Corps League, all of Boonville, to be followed by a celebration of his life service, conducted by Rev. William A. Mudge. In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the West Leyden Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 205, West Leyden, NY 13489.

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