Millerton – William A. Brunese, 102, “The Man from Winchell Mountain”, died peacefully, on February 15, 2015 at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Canaan, CT. Mr. Brunese was the owner of William Brunese Fencing on Route 22 in Millerton for many years where he sold fencing materials, fence posts and most notably his handmade wooden gates.
Born March 8, 1912 in Millerton, he was the son of the late Emile P. and MaryAnn (McCann) Brunese. He attended the Winchell Mountain Schoolhouse and spent much of his life living on Winchell Mountain. Bill was an accomplished guitar player and produced his first and only CD when he was in his mid-eighties. He was a longtime member of St. Patrick’s Church in Millerton and enjoyed spending time with his family.
Bill is survived by his sister, Florence Carroll of Amenia, NY and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was also predeceased by two brothers; Emile and Emmanuel John Brunese and five sisters; Gertrude Loretta Dennis, Agnes Dunne, Madeline Brunese, Margaret Loomis and Cecelia Powelchek.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 2-4 pm at 37 Park Avenue, Millerton, NY 12546. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 10:30 am at St. Patrick’s Church, Church Street, Millerton, NY. Rev. Kent Wilson will officiate. Burial will take place at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Millerton in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick’s Church, Church Street, Millerton, NY 12546.