Obituaries

Ralph Julieano, 93, of Lee

Friday, Jan 12 - He retired from Bendix Abrasives after being self-employed many years with his taxi and school-bus business.

Michael Platt, 58, of Great Barrington

Wednesday, Jan 10 - He learned to ride horses at Blue Rider Stables, participated in art classes at Community Access to the Arts and eurhythmy classes at Christ Trinity Church, and worked three afternoons a week at the weavery at Stanton House.

Lewis ‘Butch’ Barnum, 68, of Lee

Tuesday, Jan 9 - For many years, Butch worked at the Adams Supermarket in Great Barrington where he worked as a stockperson. He most recently worked cleaning at Bucky’s Tavern in Lee.

Thomas Wickham of Lee, former TWA ‘pilot of the year’

Thursday, Jan 4 - He was made a captain with TWA in 1959, flew the media “chase” plane for Gerald Ford’s presidential run in 1976 and, in 1984, was named the company’s “Pilot of the Year” for skillfully averting the crash of his fully-loaded 747 while experiencing a mechanical failure flying from New York’s JFK to Rome.

Ernest Hood Jr., 58, of Otis

Thursday, Jan 4 - For the last 20 years, he was employed by Williams Stone Company in East Otis. Mr. Hood was a former member of the Otis School Committee.

Elsie West, 96, of Sheffield

Wednesday, Jan 3 - Elsie’s true love was, first and foremost, the First Congregational Church, Old Parish Church, in Sheffield. She was a member for 77 years.

Minor Haskell, 80, of Lenox

Tuesday, Jan 2 - Minor was employed at in the maintenance department at Kripalu in Lenox. He enjoyed bowling at Ken’s Bowl and golfing at Pontoosuc, and he loved camping.