Obituary : William J. Berg III
William "Billy" J. Berg III of Burlington, Conn. died suddenly Friday, Nov. 14, at his home.
Mr. Berg was born August 2, 1947 in Hartford, Conn. He was the son of the late William J. Berg, Jr. and Mary (O'Hazo)
In 1965 Mr. Berg went to Vaughn Barber School in Hartford, Conn. After graduating, he pursued a career in barbering, obtaining a Master Barber License.
He was a Vietnam Era Veteran from 1969 to 1971. He was trained as a helicopter repairman. After he returned from active duty he returned to barbering until 1975. He then worked for General Motors for several years spending most of his weekends on Martha's Vineyard. In 1979 he became a permanent resident of the Vineyard. Billy worked for the County of Dukes County at the Martha's Vineyard Airport where he was in charge of the fueling operations for 17 years. He was a jack-of-all-trades. If he couldn't fix it, you might as well throw it away! He loved his family and friends and was always a prankster and loved a good laugh!
His constant companion in his pick-up truck was his golden retriever, Lucy. His hobbies included target shooting, puttering around the house, and walks with his golden. He was also a huge fan of NHRA Drag Racing.
Bill is survived by his loving sister, Donna Berg, and her long-time companion, Stan Kuharski of Bristol, Conn.; his brother, Michael Berg, of Sandusky, Ohio; his goddaughter and niece, Deanna Johnson, of Dunedin, Fla.; his niece, Heather Hine, of Coursegold, Calif.; his great nephews and great niece, Zack Little of Bristol, Conn., Sasha Little of Dunedin, Fla. and Alex Rogers of Coarsegold, Calif.; and several cousins. He is also survived by his former wife, Celeste Drouin, two step-children, Nicholas LaBell and Suzanne Graham along with three step-grandchildren Anna, Matthew (his godson), and Jonathan Graham all of Oak Bluffs.
A memorial mass will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at 11 am, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Terryville, Conn. Military honors will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Legion, Post 257, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.