Milestones, Obituaries


BROOKFIELD – William R Wereley (Bill), 77, beloved husband of Cathy L. Berry and Native American Elder, passed away on May 15, in Brookfield.

Bill was a true Renaissance man who grew up on Staten Island, N.Y., working on boats, racing them, living on them and spent time as a fisherman. His other callings included a stint on Wall Street, a chef, owned a restaurant, and later in life became a Native American Elder.

He spent a great deal of his life in Craftsbury, where he was involved in installing computers, web design and helping people navigate the early days of technology. He completely immersed himself in the Craftsbury Community helping nonprofits, serving as a fireman, running sweat lodges and fully participating in community events.

In addition to his wife, Cathy L Berry, he is survived by his former wife, RoseMary Wereley, Dainah Wereley, their daughter, and Zion Wereley, grandson, of Northfield Falls; his daughter from a previous marriage, Sarah Bradley, her husband, Jim Bradley, of Ashville, N.C., and their children, Maggie Bradley of Charlotte, N.C., and Dylan Bradley of Ashville, N.C.; his sister, Linda Wells of Craftsbury, and her children, daughter, Emily Gletsos, husband Vasilios and their children Kosmos and Poppy and her son, Toby Wells, his wife, Christa, and their children, Oliver, Edie and Cliffy.

He is predeceased by his parents, Willam and Joan Wereley and his first wife, Peg Wereley.

A small family gathering will be held in his honor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northern Rivers Land Trust ( in Craftsbury, or Sterling College ( in Craftsbury, or donate to a local organization that supports ecological survival or a Native American tribe nearby. All were dear to his heart.

May he walk on in Loving Light. 

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