William Avery Day of Bourne died at home on March 5, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 73.
He was the husband of Grace (Colquhoun) Day.
A Cape Cod native, he was raised in Falmouth.
Mr. Day was a veteran of the Vietnam War, during which he served as a photographer in the US Army. He later returned to Falmouth to raise his family.
He had a 34-year career as a special education teacher, guidance counselor and team chairman, first in Falmouth, and later in the Uxbridge Public Schools and Blackstone-Millville Regional School District.
Mr. Day was a life-long learner who read books, attended lectures, and took cooking classes. He pursued woodworking and gardening, biking and kayaking, practiced qi gong, and visited jazz clubs.
He valued being of service to others and demonstrated this by serving on his condominium board, volunteering at the Bourne Friends Food Pantry, and in other ways.
As a member of the First Congregational Church of Falmouth, he served on many committees over the years, most recently for outreach and on the board of trustees. It was in his church community that he met the woman who would become his wife, while working at the church coffee shop during the summer of 1966. The Days would have been married for 50 years in June.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his daughters, Rebecca Day Masini of Clifton, New Jersey, and Susan Day of Sandwich; his grandson, Owen Masini, also of Clifton; a sister, Sally DeMello of Falmouth; and three nephews, Boyd DeMello, David DeMello and Peter DeMello.
Services will be private.
A celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date.