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CONESVILLE - William H. Proudman Jr., 84, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, with his family by his side.
He was born on March 4, 1933, in Conesville, on the family farm to the late William H. Sr. and Florence Sutton Proudman.
He graduated from Gilboa-Conesville School in 1950. He was a lifelong dairy farmer and was also a school bus driver.
He was a dedicated public servant in Conesville, having served as the Town Assessor for 14 years, Town Justice for four years, on the Town Council for four years, Town Supervisor for six years, and was a Republican Committeeman.
He was known for being a man of integrity and also for being a patient man.
Bill lived on the family farm and raised his children in the same house he was born in.
He was active in the Conesville Fire Department, having served as the fire commissioner and a member of the Conesville Rescue Squad.
Bill worked hard on the watershed issue, having been one of 10 farms that served as a pilot for the NYC Watershed Program.
Bill took pride in everything that he did and was an outstanding community member.
He enjoyed bowling, his best game a 267; and golf.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved wife of 56 years, Joan Traulsen Proudman, on May 20, 2014; his siblings, Edward Proudman, Elizabeth "Betty" Oliver, and Claudia Merwin.
Bill is survived by his loving children, Robert William (Beverly) Proudman Sr., Lori (John) Proudman-Knoebel; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn O'Rielly, Donna Petley; many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, at the A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State Route 81, Greenville.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, at the funeral home, followed by burial in Manorkill Rural Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Conesville Fire Department, Conesville Rescue Squad, or Alzheimer's Association, Northeastern New York Chapter, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.
Condolences may be posted online at ajcunninghamfh.com.
Published on December 10, 2017
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