Frederick Driscoll Obituary (1935 – 2022) – Williamstown, MA

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Frederick “Rick” Driscoll of Williamstown, beloved husband of Jeanne Driscoll, died of natural causes at his home surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, January 30, 2022. He was 86. Although he has struggled with various health issues over the past few years, his death came with minimal suffering after he entered hospice care after a short stay in hospital for a brain hemorrhage. Rick was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of John Fiske Driscoll of St. Paul and Helen Russell Locke of Watertown, Massachusetts. Passionate about athletics and the outdoors, Rick had an active youth. He graduated from St. Paul Academy, where he was captain of his school’s hockey team. He received his undergraduate degree from Williams College, Class of 1958, where he majored in English and played hockey, football, and track and field. He married his first wife, Carol Bratnober, during his second year at Williams, and his first daughter, Jennifer, was born two weeks after graduation. After college, Rick returned to St. Paul where he taught English, coached hockey, and served as an administrator at St. Paul Academy. After ten years there and the birth of three more daughters, Rick moved to Whitefish, Montana, where he taught English at a public high school and, with the help of his family, ran a fish farm. 50 acres. After a divorce in 1970, Rick earned a master’s degree in education and administration from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington. He then moved to upstate New York to work as an educational consultant at the Southern Tier Regional Education Center in New York State, where he met a colleague, Jeanne Bosson, and they married in October. 1972. He began a career as a principal, first at Denver Country Day School in Denver, Colorado, then at Green Vale School in Glen Head, New York. In the late 1970s, Rick returned to Williamstown and began working in the admissions office at Williams College, then took a position as associate dean at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vermont. In May 1984, Rick began his recovery from alcoholism which continued uninterrupted for the rest of his life. Maintaining his sobriety and helping other drug addicts would become the cornerstone of his life. Over the years, he has sponsored many recovering alcoholics and served on the board of the Brien Center for Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services in Pittsfield, MA. In 1985 Rick became the founding director of Sweetwood of Williamstown Retirement Community, where he most recently spent the last two years of his life. Before retiring, Rick returned to education to serve as Director of Admissions at Hoosac School in Hoosick, NY for several years. Rick has volunteered and contributed to various charities in the area, including serving on the boards of Mt. Greylock ABC House, Park-McCullough House in North Bennington, Oldcastle Theater Company in Bennington, and as campaign manager for Northern Berkshire. Centraide. Rick has always been a sports enthusiast and had a great passion for all things related to his alma mater. He was a constant presence at hockey games and Williams banquets and was respected and appreciated by the teams. He was active in the Williams College Sideline Quarterback Club. He also attended many basketball and lacrosse games (especially when his granddaughter was playing). He was often instrumental in organizing events for Williams College Class of ’58 alumni and most everyone he knew from his college days remembers him fondly. Rick was predeceased by his sister, Rebecca Blodgett, and her husband Tim, and his great-grandson Otto Brown. He is survived by his wife of 49 years Genevieve “Jeanne” Driscoll; his brother, Andrew Driscoll, and his wife Svetlana; his daughters Jennifer Bell and husband Daniel; Cindy Luna and her husband Richard; Molly Cisneros and her husband Danny; Julie Driscoll; his stepson, Matthew Bosson, and his wife Leslie; as well as eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A commemorative ceremony will be planned later in the year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Brien Center for Mental Health and Addiction Services, which can be contacted at briencenter.org To add to the Book of Memories, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.

Published by The Berkshire Eagle on February 3, 2022.

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