William Theriault 72

William David Theriault, 72, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2019, at his home.

Born Thursday, May 30, 1946 in Waterville, ME, he was the son of the late John M. Theriault and the late Grace (McEachern) Theriault.

Bill received a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University, a Master’s degree from the University of Denver and his doctorate degree in American Literature from George Washington University. Throughout his career he was a technical writer and taught college level English. He was the first chairman of the Jefferson County Landmarks Commission in West Virginia and a founding member of the Peter Burr Bread Bakers Guild. Bill was also a member of the Friends of Peter Burr and helped bring artisan bread baking to Washington County through programs at the Rural Heritage Museum.

Bill spent the last forty years studying the history of Jefferson County, West Virginia. He developed a website for students and researchers about the history of Eastern West Virginia called the West Virginia GeoExplorer. As an author, Bill published The History of Eastern Jefferson County, How and Where to Look It Up Volumes 1 through 3, The Jefferson County History Calendar, A History of Shannondale Springs, Julia Davis: A Literary Biography; Volumes 1 and 2, Artisan Bread Baking for Living History Museums, Baking Heirloom Artisan Bread at Home, and The Fourth Estate - Volume One. Bill wrote a long-running column in the Spirit of Jefferson newspaper covering local history and topics.

Bill received several awards for his contributions to local history including the Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History in 1996 and the Distinguished Citizen of Jefferson County Award from the Spirit of Jefferson Farmers Advocate in 2001.

He is survived by his wife of fifty years Maureen P. Theriault; daughter, Amy E. Theriault; son-in-law Kevin Lee McIver; sister-in-law Esther Pierce; sister-in-law Janice L. Hunt; brother-in-law Charles Pheeney and wife Maria; sister-in-law Martha McNeil and husband Michael LeBlanc; and mother-in-law Pauline E. Pheeney. He also is survived by numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his stepmother Marjorie Holland, brother John M. Theriault, Jr. and father-in-law Charles T. Pheeney.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, January 17, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd (North), Hagerstown, MD, with the Rev. Richard A. Daughtering officiating.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Interment will be private. Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com and donations in Bill’s honor can be made to the Peter Burr Breadbaking Guild & House, c/o Wayne Braunstein, PO Box 394, Kearneysville, WV 25430.



Welcome to the WVGeohistory/Geoexplorer project. Please pardon our dust. Due to a ransomware attack, this site has been down for a few weeks. While we are now back online, we took the negative and put a positive spin on it we decided that we may as well go ahead with some upgrades to the site. That will take longer to accomplish than just bringing the old site back, we thought it was time to make the improvements anyway so, we are starting with a fresh new server, new installs of our software and, with a little work, we will be back up and fully functional as soon as possible. Thank you all for your patience during this time.

Welcome to the West Virginia GeoExplorer Project!

The West Virginia GeoExplorer is an innovative geographically-based web resource for exploring the history, culture, and architecture of West Virginia. Jefferson County serves as the starting point for project efforts, which will later be expanded to encompass the rest of the state.

Using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, digital imaging, and the rich concentration of local primary historical materials, it is a freely-available resource for scholars, students, professionals, and laymen, with potential uses ranging from a digital archives of primary sources, to a research and educational tool, to an integral part of the community's planning and development process.


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