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Loyal Alum, Parent, Grandparent and Trustee Passes William Flesher ’51
r. William Flesher ’51, an alumnus, trustee and long-time friend of Gilmour and the Brothers of Holy Cross, passed away on May 11. A member of the school’s second graduating class, he remained loyal to the Academy in his capacity as Trustee, parent and grandparent. Mr. Flesher and his wife, Patricia, sent four of their sons to Gilmour; William graduated in ’72, Timothy in ’76, Robert in ’77 and Tom in ’81. Two of Mr. Flesher’s grandchildren graduated from the Academy as well, Emma ’09 and Oliver ’12 Flesher. Commencement Day for the Class of ’09 Bill ’51, Emma ’09, Mr. Flesher gave very generously of his time and talent, Oliver ’12 and Tom ’81 Flesher serving the school as a Trustee from the mid-seventies until late 1990 when he became an Honorary Trustee. Br. Robert Lavelle, Headmaster, says of Mr. Flesher, “He was grateful, generous and willing to engage whenever help was needed.” All one has to do to see the lasting impact that Mr. Flesher made on campus is to look east from Tudor House at the repositioned St. Mary’s Lake and Shrine to Our Blessed Mother that Mr. Flesher, his wife, Patricia, and their family so graciously provided. Br. Charles Smith, C.S.C., physical plant coordinator, says of Mr. Flesher’s commitment to the school, “…he served for many years on the Board of Trustees and on the Buildings and Grounds Committee, evidencing his great love of Gilmour Academy by promoting campus improvements.” Mr. Flesher was the owner of Mr. Excavator, Inc. He founded the company, an Ohio-based site excavation contractor specializing in mass site excavation and utility installation, in 1961.