William J. Laing
BAINBRIDGE — William J. Laing, 78, of Bainbridge, died Jan. 13, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family listening to bluegrass music.
He was born Oct. 7, 1934, son of the late Merion and Cornelia (Mabon) Laing in Delhi. Bill graduated from Al Kellogg School in Treadwell in 1954, and went to serve his country in the United States Navy. He was stationed aboard the USS Albany and was honorably discharged in 1957.
Bill married Doreen Odell on June 28, 1959, in Meridale.
He worked for Bendix and Keith Clark in Sidney for many years and retired from both. Bill also sold cars and insurance, was a part-time patrolman in Bainbridge and drove school bus and truck for AJ Carmen.
For 17 years, he was the Bainbridge Town Justice and had performed over 150 weddings.
Bill was a member of the Afton -Bainbridge Masonic Lodge for over 40 years serving as Grand Master for several. He was also a member of the Shiners in Albany.
Bill and his brother had a bluegrass band. They ran the Laing Family Bluegrass Festival in the Bainbridge, Oxford and Norwich area for many years. Every year he would travel to Owensboro, Ky., for the Bluegrass Music Festival and was a Kentucky Colonel.
He loved his family and was very proud of their accomplishments. Bill enjoyed their sporting and musical events, even coaching and chaperoning a few. He provided guidance and love to many young people and always had time for any and everyone.
Along with bluegrass music, he loved deer hunting and traveling. Bill especially enjoyed traveling to Scotland in 1998, with 14 members of his family.
He is survived by his loving wife, Doreen; and
Children, Roxanne Holden, William and his wife, Sharon, Paul and his wife, Caroline and Larry Laing; grandchildren, Nevin and his wife, Melanie, Katie Mae, Craig, Ben, Billy, Bobby and Betsy; great-grandchildren, Connor, Dixie and Sadie; sisters, Helen Bramley and her husband, John, Joyce Freyer and her husband, Marty, Linda Ridell and her husband, Neil; brother, Daniel Laing and his wife, Sandy; sister-in-law, Ann Laing; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins
He was also predeceased by his stepfather, Burr Harrington; brother, Gilbert; and son-in-law, Allan Holden.
Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney.
A memorial service will be at 3:13 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the funeral chapel, with the Rev. Frank MacCracken Jr. of the Word of Faith Church in Maryland officiating.
Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Meridale in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Town Hall Opry, c/o Jericho Arts Council, P.O. Box 62, Bainbridge, NY 13733 or the charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.landersfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.