PRESQUE ISLE – William Byers Gerrish, 76, passed away on March 31, 2015 from complications related to Parkinson’s. William (Bill) was the son of William J. and Minnie Gerrish. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mae, his son Bill, and wife Sharon, son Dave and wife Vickie, son Lee and wife Monica. Along with his children came 6 loving grandchildren, Chris, Brianna, Curtis, Oliver, Salem and Dylan. He is also survived by his sister Margo and her husband Brian Lister, his sister-in-law Charlene Coury, several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Bill was born on July 21, 1938 in Island Falls, Maine. His family moved to Presque Isle when he was 10 where his father worked as a Maine Potato Inspector. He was a graduate of Presque Isle High School, and went on to further his education at the Aroostook State Teachers College, now known as the University of Maine in Presque isle (UMPI), where he received a Bachelor’s degree. He later attended the University of Maine in Orono where he earned his Master’s degree in Administration. After his graduation from UMPI, he worked as a teacher and a coach, and remained in education in the Presque Isle area for over 40 years.
During his time in education he became a pillar in the community and was respected throughout the town. He truly loved teaching, and not only did he reach those children, but he was able to teach their children’s children, influencing 2 generations. Bill was very active in the community as a member of the Elks Lodge, American Legion, and the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club where he was the President for 2 years.
Bill enjoyed playing basketball, baseball, hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, and boating. Along with all of his extra hobbies, his true love, aside from his wife, was teaching. He dedicated his life to the development of pertinent educational programs and structures to benefit the future of the community and developing good citizens. He was a true leader and was depended upon by his friends and family as the solid person who had the answers and knew how to get everyone together and get the job done. His work was truly appreciated and respected. He will be missed by everyone that had the privilege to know him, and there is a definite void in the hearts of his friends and family, but he will never be forgotten.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Fort Kent Food Pantry, 229 W. Main St., Ste. #103, Fort Kent, Maine 04743, or The GIFT Food Pantry, 11 Industrial St. Presque Isle, Maine 04769.
A celebration of his life will take place at the family place, 32 Coury Lane, Eagle Lake, Maine on June 20.