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Henry ‘Hank’ Vollmer III, 85, of Ashley Falls

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By Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 Obituaries

Henry “Hank” Vollmer III, 85, of Ashley Falls, passed away at his home Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, after a lengthy illness.

Henry ‘Hank’ Vollmer III

Henry was born Dec. 9, 1932, to Alta Rockefeller Vollmer and Henry Vollmer Jr. of Hollis, New York. In his early years, his parents moved to Forest Hills, New York, where Hank, as he was known by family and friends, spent most of his childhood and where he met his wife, Diana Brookfield, in 1957.

In 1951, Hank graduated from Trinity-Pawling School and later earned both a BS and MBA from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. He was an entrepreneur at heart, and his career spanned many fields. He managed a TV studio in West Palm Beach, Florida; sold insurance for Equitable Life in Garden City, New York; and served as a branch manager of Long Island Trust Company. Eventually, with several partners, he owned Northeast Trailer Company in Mineola, New York. In 1984, he and his wife moved to the Berkshires and established Vollmer’s Antiques in Ashley Falls. In 1993, he and his son Devin opened the Spirit Shoppe in South Egremont.

Hank had many interests including boating, fishing, scuba diving, hunting, waterskiing, snow skiing and ice skating. He spent his summers on Twin Lakes in Salisbury, Connecticut, where he loved teaching his sons everything he knew. He was a member of the Twin Lakes Beach Club for many decades. Those who knew Hank will miss his great sense of humor and marvelous storytelling. His family will always treasure the love he showered on them at every possible moment.

Besides his devoted wife of 61 years, he is survived by his son Henry G. Vollmer and wife Linda of Hollis, New Hampshire, and children Erin and Michael; his son Robert B. Vollmer and wife Tricia of Great Barrington and children Emmett and Evelyn; and his son Devin and wife Kathryn of New Marlborough and son Willem. He was predeceased by his son William R. Vollmer and his grandson Steven W. Vollmer.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Christ Trinity Church, 180 Main St., Sheffield. There will be a reception in the parish hall immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Hank’s memory to HospiceCare in the Berkshires or Fairview Hospital through Birches-Roy Funeral Home, 33 South St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.


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