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William Bradford Osgood

Norwich, Vt. — William Bradford Osgood, 85, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 25, 2013, after a long illness. Born in 1928, he was the youngest of Mary and Edward Osgood’s six children. None of his siblings survives him.

Bill led a remarkable life, filled with wonderful opportunities. Educated at Exeter, Harvard, and the Harvard Business School and mentored by family, friends and acquaintances, Bill believed firmly in the importance of making a difference.

Throughout his life he did just that, whether it was during his 40 plus years in the Trust Department of the State Street Bank or as an aide-de-camp in the Army or on the boards of countless institutions and organizations including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Art Commission, the Bostonian Society, and Historic Boston. After his move from the Boston area to Norwich, he served on state and local boards for seniors and spent time delivering meals, providing rides and visiting with seniors in the area.

Bill’s infectious warmth and generous spirit, his eagerness to help, his passion for history, art, and historic preservation introduced him to so many wonderful people and experiences. All of this enriched his life and that of his family.

A terrific and cherished husband and father, Bill is survived by his wife, Nancy; sons, David and Christopher; David’s fiancée, Amanda Perry; a host of beloved nieces, nephews and extended family members; and two wonderful dogs. Throughout he was surrounded by love and returned that gift in so many ways. We are all very grateful to the many people who enriched his life. With the aid of Kathy’s Caregivers, the VNA of Vermont and New Hampshire and the staff at Valley Terrace, Bill completed his journey with dignity and grace.

A memorial service will be held at the Norwich Congregational Church, Norwich, at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 23. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that gifts in Bill’s memory be made either to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 230 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115 or to the Norwich Historical Society, PO Box 1680, Norwich, VT 05055. For further information please contact Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction, Vt. at 802-295-2100.