William A. (Bill) Yager Death Notice (4/11)

It is with great sorrow that Saint Joseph Parish announces the sudden death of Deacon Aspirant William A. Yager, 56, of 5 Adams Court in Shelburne Falls.  Bill told Barb that he didn’t feel well and was having problems breathing, and as a result was taken to the hospital.  It was discovered that his lungs had numerous blood clots.  Apparently one of them burst, and he died a short while later of a heart attack (Sunday, April 10th).  He had been annointed by Father Tomasz Gorny and with Father Roach and his family in attendance at his bedside.

Bill was our Religious Education Coordinator, an RE teacher, Eucharistic Minister, served on the Pastoral Council and was involved in most aspects of parish life.

There are no calling hours.  The funeral Mass will be held Friday, April 15, 2011 at 10 a.m. His burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Parish in his name.  Rest in Peace, Bill.  God Speed.

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2 Responses to William A. (Bill) Yager Death Notice (4/11)

  1. Daniel P. Romanello, KM says:

    My wife Patti and I are deeply saddened by Bill’s untimely death. He was my classmate for two years in the Permanent Diaconate program and without doubt, one of the best aspirants among us – truly humble and holy.

    I learned a lot from Bill. He was so caring, genuine and authentic. Bill spoke simple, heartfelt truths and his gentleness, joy and certain love of our Lord was truly inspiring. God willing if I should be ordained, I will carry his peace and love of Jesus forward.

    One of my spiritual advisors, Father Don Bosco, remarked that God had called Bill home to pray for the rest of us in the class and I know that this is true. That said, he still will be sorely missed. Bill was our dear brother and friend and will always remain in our hearts.

    Patti and I extend our deepest sympathies to Barbara and the entire Yager family during this difficult time. You can take comfort in the fact that Bill now is face to face with God – I can just imagine that huge beaming smile of his as he stands in the presence of our Lord.

    Well done good and faithful servant…rest in peace.

    With love and respect,


  2. Lisa Silva says:

    Bill was a classmate of mine at Our Lady of the Elms college; we took Hebrew and Christian Scripture courses together and were in the middle of Christology at his passing. His humility and gentleness stood out, as did his genuine love of the Lord. Bill was a bright student; his reflections on Scripture carried a unique contemplative quality that impressed all of us.

    It was an honor to have been in his presence. He will be sorely missed.

    My heartfelt condolences to Barbara and his family. ~ Lisa Silva

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