November 24, 2012

William Burnham Getman

CUMBERLAND HEAD — William Burnham Getman lost his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, on Nov. 22, 2012. He took on this disease with dignity and fortitude. He was comforted knowing those he loved the most were with him at all times. All of us who loved Bill felt privileged to care for him and travel with him on this sad and difficult journey.

Bill was born on Halloween Day, 1938, to parents Carl and Helen (Cryan) Getman of Brinkerhoff Street. He graduated from Hebron Academy (High School), Maine and Bucknell University, Pennsylvania where he was a member of the boxing team. After college he joined the United States Marine Corps becoming an officer and a pilot. After he left the Marine Corps he had several interesting jobs before owning and operating Concrete Building Supply in Plattsburgh. Bill worked for the Federal Reserve Bank and Pan American Airlines in San Francisco, he taught English at Saranac Central School and was a counselor at the NYS Department of Corrections at Comstock. In 1973, Bill met Susan Mason of Plattsburgh, they married two years later in Miami, Fla. on Jan. 16, 1975. Sue and Bill resided and raised their two daughters together on Cumberland Head for the next 20 years. Bill felt a connection to upstate New York, he loved this community and the residents who lived here. He was an active board member of both the Area Development Corporation and the Plattsburgh State College Foundation.

While his two girls where in middle and high school he was known to never miss a sporting event. He would often be seen skiing at Whiteface Mountain, hiking the Adirondack Mountains and biking around Cumberland Head. He loved to wake up early in the morning and swim in Lake Champlain after a long run. Both Bill and Sue ran over a dozen marathons. During their time together they traveled to many Caribbean islands to scuba dive. After he retired, Bill and Sue headed to Park City, Utah every winter where he spent most of his days skiing the Wasatch Mountains. Throughout his life he earned his private pilots license as well as his glider license. And at age 72 he obtained his motorcycle license.

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