William Grattan Brundage entered into final rest peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of June 11, 2020 at the Saint Joseph’s Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation facility in Elmira, New York.
He was born October 3, 1927 on the family farm located at the intersection of Fish Hatchery Road and Brundage Road.
He was the middle child of three children born to Grattan and Cora Brundage. He grew up with a love of watching things grow, a special place in his heart for all the animals raised on his ancestral family farm and an emphasis on the chickens he continued to raise in the later years of his life. As a young boy growing up on the farm, he was very active in 4H and even won the honor of being 4H person of the year for Steuben county and was sent to Minnesota that year for a National 4H gathering. Bill stayed on the farm when his younger brother Robert Brundage – currently a resident of Bath and his older sister – Carol Bradley (now deceased)-both moved away and built their families and lives in areas other than farming.
Bill began school attending the one room school house, still located on Brundage road. He told stories of carrying water from the farm wells to the school house in his early days there. All through high school Bill was very active in sports. He won many awards for his prowess in both Basketball and baseball. His love of sports continued throughout his life. He was an avid Yankee fan (he and his brother Bob drove his kids to NY to attend several Yankees games and then drove back home afterwards as a day trip). He could name the colleges many of the NFL stars played for before they turned pro. He pitched softball for local organized teams at the Kanona Life sports facility where he played with his boys and other local friends. At age 70 he played in the Old Timer’s League and helped win a gold metal at the Empire State Games that year.
He met his wife, Arlene Barrett Brundage, during his time playing with the American Legion Touring baseball team which at the time was home based at the Bath VA center.
He was a wonderful husband and companion, a very supportive and non-judgmental father, grand-father and great grand-father. His family meant the world to him.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene Brundage, his three sons, their families and his younger brother. Jeffrey Brundage-the oldest of the three boys and currently of Swanton Vermont – and his two children – Brandon Brundage and his wife Breanne with their two children (one named after William) William Howard Brundage (age 9) and Scarlet Anne Brundage (age 5) and Brooke Brundage Clodgo with her husband Chris and their two children, Wyatt Piece Clodgo (age 3) and Beau Grattan Clodgo (age 1 . Kevin Brundage (the middle son) and his wife Judy Cox who reside in Corning NY. Kris Brundage (the youngest son) and his wife River Brundage are current Bath residents. His younger brother Robert (Bob) Brundage and his wife JoAnn Brundage have been residents of Bath all their lives. Their three children and their families are all also Bath residents. John and Christina Brundage with son Robert, Bobbi Jo Prusha and her husband Dave with daughter Chloe and Bonni Lu Brundage with daughter Skylar. His older sister, Carol Brundage Bradley, passed away several years ago as did her oldest child, Dianne Bradley Hunter. Scott and Ann Bradley raised their family in Las Vegas, (daughters Danielle and Michaela and sons Anthony, Michael, and Christopher) and Steve and Lillia Bradley with their daughter Natalia in San Diego.
William had a great sense of humor, loved to tell stories and just watching and visiting with people as a favorite past-time. He was a longtime and an active director of the Steuben County Fair board association right up until recently. His grand children were very impressed with the ease with which he could speak to almost everyone he would meet at the entrance to the grandstand as it would fill up year after year.
He finally used the word “retirement” when he turned 90. It was pertinent to his love of whitetail deer hunting and his inability to traverse the woodlots he spent so many years enjoying, also a favorite subject for some of his life memories about times spent with friends from the “valley”. Even in retirement he kept up driving his beloved tractor as he prepared the land for the family garden every year right up until this year at age 92 and He was very well known as producing some of the “best sweet corn in the valley”, which was sold by the family at a roadside wagon stand on route 54 and at the farm house.
William was one of the oldest members of the First Presbyterian Church of Bath, which he joined while still in grade school. The whole family has been very thankful for the fellowship and support provided by the church community these past few years. We are asking to have anyone wishing to do so to please donate to the First Presbyterian Church of Bath in his name.
In keeping with Bill’s wishes, he has been cremated and a private family committal service and celebration of life will be held at the convenience of his family at the family plot in the Cold Brook Cemetery.
He wanted everyone who knew him to:
Grieve not nor speak of me with tears,
But to laugh and talk of me as though
I was beside you.
I loved life so
Twas Heaven here with you!
Those whose lives you touched while living yours are all the better for it.
Rest in peace Wild Willie you will forever be with us all in so
Arrangements are being handled by Bond-Davis Funeral Home of Bath.
Posted online on June 19, 2020