William M. Jennings NEWBURY – Beloved superhero, father, husband, brother, zookeeper and kind, bright soul, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Bill was predeceased by his soulmate, Cheryl Lynn Hemsey Jennings, who lost her own courageous battle with cancer in 2007. They were married for 29 wonderful years. Bill was a leader in central Vermont law enforcement for over 30 years. He founded the Berlin Police Department in 1991, and was chief for many, many years. After his retirement from Berlin PD, Bill returned to law enforcement working first for the Montpelier Police Department and then was selected as the chief of police in Northfield. Bill retired as chief of police in 2017. Bill also worked security at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, and at Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2002. Bill is survived by his children Max Marie Lynn Jennings, of Montpelier, Alan Russell Jennings, of Boston, Massachusetts; his mother, Mary Jennings, of Newbury; beloved brothers David Jennings, of Northfield, Michael Jennings, Scott Jennings, both of Newbury; Sharon Olson, of Montpelier; in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends, as well as everyone who knew him. Bill was predeceased by his father, Donald J. Jennings, of Roxbury; and niece, Audrey Lynn Jennings-Carbee, of Newbury. In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations to the Cheryl Jennings Reading Program, in care of Northfield Savings Bank, P.O. Box 347, Northfield, VT 05663. A celebration will be held on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the United Church, 58 South Main St., Northfield. An informal gathering with refreshments will be held at the church after the service.

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Gerry Jones

Aunt Mary, David, Michael and Scott, Our deepest condolences on the loss of Billy. I have good memories of him when we were growing up. Wish I could have stayed in touch more from so many years ago. Take care, Gerry

ps - Mom (Mary Jennings) sends her condolences and love.

Matthew Jennings

Sorry for your loss.

Debbie Audet Pfalz

So sorry to hear about this. I have known the Jennings for many years. RIP Bill

Linda Matheson

RIP Bill. You were a great guy and did a great job in Berlin and Northfield. You will be missed by many.


What a sad day, learning of Bill's passing. He was my first "employer", mowing the Jennings' lawn and we stayed connected over the years. His smile, warmth and professionalism were an inspiration. Peace, Max and family.


RIP He will be missed greatly. What a great policeman and person he was.sending my prayers

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