William “Bill” Burgess Smith, Jr.
1952 ∼ 2020
William Burgess Smith, Jr. – Born January 17, 1952, died October 27, 2020.
William “Bill” Smith was born under a lucky star, living a life few others could. Raised in Rockland, Massachusetts, Bill explored many different careers, from tending bar at the old Red Fox Tavern in his younger days, to reading tarot cards at Regina Russell’s Tea Room, and eventually starting his own company – Burgess Pewter – where he crafted high quality pewter figurines and jewelry. For many years, Bill traveled the country on the Renaissance Faire circuit, including several years at King Richard’s Faire in Carver, selling pewter gifts “forged in the fire of Merlin’s own dragon!”
Later in life, Bill retired from the Faire circuit and “read the stars,” providing astrological readings to clients across the country. In addition to his work, Bill had many hobbies and interests, and was an exceptionally talented painter of military figurines, possessing an almost encyclopedic knowledge of military uniforms and regalia. Among his fondest memories was time spent in Vegas World, an online community where he found many dear friends including CJ, Erika, and Annie whose love and affection was profoundly felt during his short illness.
Bill is survived by his sister Shelagh Smith and her husband Bruce Jensen of Onset; his brother David and wife Kim Smith of Pembroke; sister Carol and husband Mike Donovan of Battle Ground, Washington, and several nieces and nephews. Bill was welcomed home to the stars by his late parents William B. Smith, Sr. and Anna Margaret Smith of West Bridgewater, and sister
Kathleen Curtis of East Bridgewater.
In lieu of flowers, Bill would ask only that those left behind search for his star in the night sky.