VERO BEACH, Fla. - William Joseph Bumsted died peacefully at his home in John's Island, Vero Beach, Fla., on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012.
He was born May 25, 1919, and started work at the international insurance brokerage firm Johnson and Higgins the day after Pearl Harbor. He became president of the Venezuelan office and later a Partner of the firm in New York, leading the International and Marine Cargo departments.
A 1940 graduate of Dartmouth College and a member of "the great generation," Mr. Bumsted served in the Pacific in the Army.
An avid golfer, Mr. Bumsted was a member of Baltusrol and Pine Valley as well as the John's Island Club, and for many years the Lake Placid Club. He was President of the Lake Placid Educational Foundation and was active in the community of Lake Placid, N.Y, his spiritual home.
An astute businessman with a keen wit and love for people, he captured the hearts of all whom he encountered. Filled with joy and goodness, he has left each of us a better person.
Deeply loved by his family, he is survived by his wife Gloria; his children from his late wife, Nancy: David Wentz Bumsted (Heather) and Martha B. Zipp (Brian); two stepchildren: Alexandra and Lloyd Nimetz; and five grandchildren: Phoebe and David Bumsted Jr., William Bumsted O'Hearn and Elena and Jack Zipp.
A service was scheduled at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Vero Beach.
Memorials may be made to the VNA of Vero Beach or the SOA of Lake Placid.