William Hammersmith, 79, EnCon officer, carpenter

PITTSFIELD—William Hammersmith, 79, of Cherry Plain died Friday, August 13 at Berkshire Medical Center after being stricken at home.

Born April 18, 1931, he was the son of the late Joseph and Alfreda Gagnon Hammersmith.


He was the loving husband of Beatrice A. Rodda, whom he married in Poestenkill, April 14, 1951.

Mr. Hammersmith attended Berlin schools and worked for the Rutland Railroad in earlier years. He was employed by New York State Department of Environmental Conversation in law enforcement in both Rensselaer County and the Lake George region. He retired in 1968 after an injury. He did carpentry work in the area and built many local homes.

Mr. Hammersmith also helped his son with his business. At the time of his death, Mr. Hammersmith bought and sold antiques, coins and guns for many years. He enjoyed hunting turkey and deer, fishing, trapping and was an excellent taxidermist.

Survivors include his wife Beatrice, son William J. Hammersmith, daughter-in-law Lisa and grandson Anthony, all of Cherry Plain; siblings, Joseph Hammersmith of Berlin, Theresa Williamson and David Hammersmith both of Stephentown; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by siblings Alfreda Gardner, Mary Scouller and John Hammersmith.

The funeral service will be held Tuesday, August 17, 2 p.m. at the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 Route 43, Stephentown, where Rev. Trygve Tomlinson will officiate. Burial will follow in the Stephentown Cemetery.

Calling hours are Tuesday from 12:30 until 2 p.m.

Mr. Hammersmith requested that flowers be omitted and that memorial contributions be made to the Berlin Rescue Squad.



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