William Simendinger

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BURLINGTON — William Simendinger, 52, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on July 14, 2014. Bill was born in Burlington, Vt., on March 31, 1962, and attended Taft School and Mater Christi before graduating from Rice Memorial High School in 1980, and the University of Vermont in 1984. He spent the summer after his college graduation exploring and working in the oil fields of Alaska. He graduated from Syracuse University College of Law in 1987 and served as corporate counsel and Vice President of the family oil business, Wesco, for over 25 years.

He married Connie Claflin on May 23, 1987, in Bradford, Vt., and is survived by her, their four children, Jeff, Eric, Amy, and Mark; his mother, Jo Ann Simendinger; his siblings and their spouses, Nancy and Sam Cutting IV, David and Pam Simendinger, and Kathy and Mike Sarvak; nieces and nephews Katie, Emily, and Carolyn Cutting, Jamie and Kurt Simendinger, and Kyla and Alaina Sarvak; as well as Ralph and Mary Claflin, Kathy and Roger Merrill, Amanda Merrill, and Travis Harrington, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Walter Simendinger, and his infant son, Steven.

Bill’s involvement in the Boy Scouts of America from an early age fostered a love for the outdoors, and through his hard work and perseverance, he proudly achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He served as a Cub Scout leader in South Burlington, and was a passionate supporter of Soap Box Derby. He earned a black belt in Taekwondo, was a skilled chess player, and enjoyed skiing, camping, reading, writing, eclectic music, and spending time with his family and friends. He was the family historian, spending hours documenting the stories and advice from the older generations, and preserving the antics and talents of the younger generation. He provided countless hours of pro bono legal work for charitable organizations and individuals. He was kind hearted with a gentle spirit and a sharp mind. He cherished his four children, and strived to preserve a lasting legacy for them. He was not granted nearly enough years to fulfill all the dreams he envisioned, but his smile, laughter, and love will remain with us.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Road, Essex Junction, Vt. Arrangements by Elmwood-Meunier Funeral Home.