Obituary of William “Billy” E. Owens Sr.

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William “Billy” E. Owens Sr., 81 of Great Barrington died Wednesday January 6, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Billy was born in Great Barrington on January 26, 1939 son of Vincent and Mildred (TenBroeck) Owens. He was a graduate of the former Searle High School class of 1957 and was the only player to score 1,000 points in basketball at Searles. Billy served his country in the U.S. Army as an operating engineer in 3rd  Division 1st Engineers where he was stationed in Germany for two years. Billy worked for many years as a heavy equipment operator for Berkshire Engineering, Petricia and Maxymillian retiring in 1992. He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Valley Church in Sheffield. Billy loved sports; he was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and a fan and follower of the Monument Mountain Basketball Teams. Billy is survived by his wife Linda Owens of Great Barrington, two sons, William E. Owens Jr. and wife Thea of N.C. and Levi Owens and wife Kate of Whately, one daughter, Kimberly Shaw and partner George Soudant of South Egremont, three step children, Tony Vallone of Pittsfield, Peter Vallone of Sheffield and Gina Basiliere of Pittsfield, one sister, Marlene “Tootie” Gorham of Great Barrington and six grandchildren.

It is with deepest regret that the funeral services for William “Billy” E. Owens Sr. were private out of concern for the health and safety of his friends and family due to the threat of Covid 19. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Billy’s memory may be made to Hospice Care in the Berkshires in care of the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME 33 South Street Great Barrington MA 01230. Condolences may be made through

One Response to Obituary of William “Billy” E. Owens Sr.

  1. To the Owen’s Family,

    My deepest condolences for the loss of Billy. He was at as many Spartan Boys Basketball games as he could get to. It was always a highlight of the night when I would see him at a game when I walked out right before the game started and saw him sitting with the Senior Coaching Staff (George R., Fred B. and Vic S. and Billy) I always got my pregame instructions before the game started from them and was blessed to do so. Any close call in that corner where they sat was going to go Monument’s way because those guys would not have it any other way. He was always the most supportive fan I knew and I loved his passion for the game. So sorry for your loss of a great man with a great spirit.

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