Sherborn, MA — William E. Ternes, 81, of Sherborn, died peacefully February 16, after a brief illness. Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Patricia A. (Regan); his two daughters, Elizabeth Zeiss and her husband, Michael, of New Canaan, CT and Catherine Brechner of Amesbury, MA; two grandchildren, Madeline and Nicholas Zeiss of New Canaan, CT; his brother, James J. Ternes and his wife, Margaret, of Manhattan and Quogue, NY. He was predeceased by his sister, Jeannette. Bill was born in Salem, MA, a son of Albert and Helen (Wedberg) Ternes of Marblehead, MA. After graduating from Marblehead High School, he then attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, graduating with a degree in Art Education. Upon graduation he enlisted in the Navy as an officer and navigated the U.S. Cabildo throughout the Pacific for two years. He then attended Columbia University and earned a Masters of Business Administration. After working as a financial services executive at Mass Mutual, First Boston Corporation, Bank of Boston and Massachusetts Financial Services, Bill left the world of finance to pursue his passion as an artist. As an artist his many accomplishments included: Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society, Emeritus Member of The Guild of Boston Artists, past President of the New England Watercolor Society and Treasurer of The Copley Society of Boston. He found delight in teaching hundreds of students in his workshops around the world. Specifically he taught workshops for twenty-five years at Harbour Island in the Bahamas as well as at the Lyford Cay Club in Nassau, France and Ireland. In the States he conducted workshops on Martha's Vineyard for twenty-five years as well as in Nantucket, Maine, Cape Cod and his many favorite painting locations around Sherborn. After initially painting in water colors, he created in both oils and more recently acrylics, continuing to paint until as recently as this past December. After a private family funeral, interment will be at the Pine Hill Cemetery, Sherborn. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New England Watercolor Society, care of Wendy Hale, Treasurer, 160 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02116.
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