In November 2016, lifelong Watertown resident William P. “Bill” Plante passed away after a brave three-year battle with cancer. Bill’s community service accomplishments for the past three decades were numerous, as he had been deeply involved in supporting the local community in many ways. Bill was a constant – always there, always dependable, and always dedicated to support his local church, local schools, youth lacrosse and any other community action that needed his help. Bill willingly donated his time, his common-sense approach to solving problems and his engineering expertise. He did it all – from the simple things, like fixing a broken fan belt for a friend, to complicated large-scale projects, such as the safe removal of asbestos insulation from a school classroom, the planning and installation of a playground, and even a complete sports field project.
The William P. Plante Memorial Fund is being established with the Northern New York Community Foundation to honor Mr. Plante and to carry on his legacy of selflessly giving back to the area. The fund will support community projects and provide an annual scholarship that will be awarded to local high school students who demonstrate a passion for contributing to the community.