Obituaries

Frederick Simmons Sr., 86, of Lee

Tuesday, Oct 17 - Fred enjoyed hunting and fishing in the local area, vegetable gardening, woodworking, spending time with his large extended family and being a great dad.

Mark Hinman, 54, of Pittsfield

Monday, Oct 16 - Mark was employed as a paver operator for Tri-Town Paving for 28 years, with a crew that he loved like family.

Louis J. DiGrigoli, 69, of Lee, multi-faceted entrepreneur

Monday, Oct 16 - Besides all of his business ventures, Lou was responsible for starting up Tee Ball in Lee, directed the very first Lee Sale-a-bration Days event which is now Lee Founders Weekend, and sponsored the very first Lee High School house-building program.

Elise England, 86, of Lenox, pioneering entrepreneur

Friday, Oct 13 - Elise and Moe were early pioneers of today’s craft beer movement. They started Merchant du Vin East in 1981, a beer-importing company representing some of the most iconic breweries in the world.

Jane Carpenter, 90, of New Marlborough

Wednesday, Oct 11 - Jane and David moved to Great Barrington in the early 1960s and established Vesper Hill Nursery School, a residential facility for 90 children ages newborn to 5 at time of admission with a range of disabilities.

Vivian Tierney, 83, of Lee

Sunday, Oct 8 - After retiring from Berkshire Corporation, Vivian and her husband of 64 years, William Tierney, toured the country for 12 years, traveling to 49 different states.