Willard (Bill) Frank Bavineau passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2018. He was 87. Bill was “husband” for 65 years to Rita; “Dad” to Deborah, Jane, Daniel, Judy and Michael; “father-in-law” to Al Wordingham, Dwayne Wuneburger, Margaret Bavineau, Mark Weisseg and Andrea Bavineau; and “Grandpa” to Jonathan and Aaron Wordingham, Brad DeCicco and Mackenzie Wuneburger, Ryan Bavineau, Jaclyn and Jake Musiol, and Ryleigh and Cal Bavineau. He was “Great Grandpa” to Macie and Maddie DeCicco and “Uncle Bill” to 17 nieces and nephews.
Bill was born in Templeton, Mass., and graduated from Templeton High School in 1948 with Year Book notations that referred to him as “a quiet chap with a charming smile and a friendly word for everyone”. He was voted “Best Dancer” back in the day and Rita became his lifelong dance partner in 1953. Bill worked as a construction superintendent for Lane Construction and AV Towner for most of his career and the family lived in various parts of New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut as he was needed for various projects. He dedicated more than 25 years of his life to being a ski instructor at Bristol Mountain and was famed for his patience and ability to “teach anyone”.
When asked to reflect on memories of Bill, everyone starts their list with the same things: he was dedicated to his family, was an avid skier and they didn’t make a race car fast enough for him whether he was driving dirt or asphalt. He was a quiet man, slow to anger, and quick with a corny joke. He could tear apart and fix anything from an automobile to a vacuum cleaner. He co-founded the Pop Warner Youth Football League in Victor and nothing made him more proud than watching his children and grandchildren play, regardless of whether it was football, basketball, soccer, swimming or baseball.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00pm on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 at Jarmusz Cotton Funeral Home at 26 Maple Avenue in Victor. Family calling hours will follow from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the MM Ewing Care Center in Canandaigua or the Open Door Mission in Rochester are encouraged.