William Benjamin Brouwer, 83, died Friday October 21, 2022, at home. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carol (Hoisington) and two daughters to whom he denied nothing: Nada Brouwer Vericker and her husband Chris, of Frankin, and their daughters Madalaine and Caroline, and Nina Brouwer, of Putnam, CT, and her daughter Grace Lamb Wilson: a sister Anna Mae Wassenar, in Philadelphia; nieces and nephews and beloved dogs, all of which he called "Daphne". He was predeceased by his brother, Raymond Frank Brouwer.
Bill was born in Northbridge, July 6, 1939, a son of the late William Brouwer, a Friesian immigrant, and Evelyn Dakin, a Yankee farm girl. He graduated from Worcester State College and was a junior high school Science teacher for thirty-five years in the Northbridge schools.
A United States Navy veteran, he served as a Yeoman and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho. For decades, Bill served as Treasurer of the Northbridge Historical Society and the Meadow View Gun Club. He was a member of Sturbridge Village as well. He was proud of his post and beam home, which he dismantled in Sutton and reassembled in Douglas, as well as the Meadow View Gun Club, a Whitin Machine Works supper club for middle management. Bill enjoyed caring for his property, woodlot and his 1952 John Deere tractor, as well as hunting trips to Vermont and fishing trips to Maine.
At his request there are no public services.