William Brian Phelon passed away Wednesday in Granville after a long illness. He was 61 years old. Mr. Phelon was a Contracts Administrator in the defense industry, and received his Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Business Economics, from the State University of New York at Oneonta; and his Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law. He handled contracts at the Eaton Corporation’s AIL Division on Long Island; Edo Corporation (later acquired by ITT Corporation); BAE Systems, Inc.; Grumman; and more recently Kaman Corporation, traveling to India and the UK on business.
He was an avid Historic Preservationist interested in family history and moved to Granville, Massachusetts to live in the hometown of his grandfather. He was descended from men serving their country during the American Revolution: Ebenezer Hoisington a delegate from Windsor and one of the founders of the State of Vermont and First Lieutenant Joseph Phelan whose commission was signed by John Hancock on July 1, 1781. He enjoyed singing and playing his guitar, composing his own original music, building a guitar by hand, and using his knowledge of fine wood craftsmanship in the eighteenth-century homes he restored on Long Island, New York where he was born, and in Granville.
He was the grandson of Helen and William Curtis Phelon, Sr. born in Granville, and the son of the late William Curtis Phelon, Jr. and Margaret Victoria Phelon. He is survived by his wife Julie LaCrosse and two step-children Isabelle and Stephen; his sister Corey Phelon Geske and her husband Steven Geske of New York; and cousins Denise Thomas of New Jersey and Dana Curtin of New York.
Calling hours will take place, Monday, June 10th from 5:00PM-7:00PM at the West Granville Congregational Church, 1580 Main Road in Granville. The funeral for Bill will take place, Tuesday, June 11th at 10:00AM at the West Granville Congregational Church, with a burial to follow at the West Granville Cemetery in Granville. Please visit www.westfieldfuneralhome.com for Bill’s memorial page.
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