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2012-10-09 / Obituaries

William Kromer II

William Annesley Kromer II, 66, of Hancock, formerly of Downsville, passed away on Oct. 3, 2012 at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, after a tragic motorcycle accident. He was born on Oct. 21, 1945 in Washington, D.C., the son of Constance and Leon B. Kromer Jr.

Mr. Kromer received a bachelor’s degree from Bard College in 1968 and a master’s of science and education from SUNY New Paltz in 1971. He also received a master’s degree in English from the Bread Loaf School of English, a summer graduate school of Middlebury College, in 1986. Mr. Kromer first attended Bread Loaf in 1981 on a full scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation, as a participant in the Program in Writing for Rural Teachers of English. In 1984, 1987, 1989 and 1991, he was awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in the Summer Seminars and Institutes program for teachers. The program is designed to promote the intellectual vitality and professional development of school teachers and college and university teachers. Only 15 grants are awarded per seminar annually, nationwide.

Mr. Kromer taught French, English and Spanish at Downsville Central School from 1974-2004. Since 2005, he has been a teacher of English and Spanish at the Family Foundation School in Hancock.

Mr. Kromer coached Soccer for the Downsville Eagles for years. He had a passion for watching high school sports, especially when the Family Falcons were competing against the Eagles, he would stand at the 50-yard line so he could cheer for both sides. Mr. Kromer was also active in the Downsville Fire Department and sang in the Delaware County Men’s Choir until it was dissolved. He played the organ at St. Mary’s Church in Downsville and St. Margaret’s Church in Margaretville.

Mr. Kromer is survived by his loving wife, Blanca, of Hancock; two daughters, Rosetta of Riverdale and Isabel of San Jose, Calif.; and one brother, Jonathan Kromer and partner, John Sides, of Charlotte, N.C.

He was predeceased by his parents.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m. at the Family Foundation School Chapel in Hancock. Father Ray Donahue and Reverend Elizabeth Groskoph will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mr. Kromer’s memory to the Family Foundation School, via www.thefamilyfoundation.org/.

Arrangements are by Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock.

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