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William D. Brinnier

William David Brinnier, IV (age 65) passed away in Matthews, North Carolina, on Monday, June 28th, 2021. William (formally known as Billy) was born in Kingston, New York and raised in Saugerties, New York. Billy received his BA in Psychology from Union College, and his MA in Counseling Psychology at Marist College in 1985. He spent the majority of his adult life (1987-2015) teaching collegiate psychology in both New York and North Carolina. Those who knew Billy knew how much he lived and breathed psychology. He was incredibly passionate and was known for his ability to have deep philosophical conversations. Billy was also a singer, songwriter and devoted guitar player. He loved classic rock and was a member of several different bands throughout his life. Billy was also a major sports fan, always rooting for his favorite team, the New York Giants! Additionally, he was deeply devoted to the sport of golf. In 2012, he published a sports psychology book called “Phenomenal Golf: The INNER Art & Science of Being There.’” In 2013, Billy earned affiliate status with The United States Golf Teaching Federation (USGTF). He was very loved by his colleagues and friends at the Pebble Creek Club House in Matthews, North Carolina, where he worked as a professional golf instructor. Although Billy grew up in Saugerties, his heart longed for the Adirondack Mountains. His favorite place was Brant Lake, New York, where he would often refer to as his home and his source of peace. He was a true Adirondack native, enjoying relaxing boat rides, reading peacefully by the water and early morning fishing trips. Billy is survived by his father, William D. Brinnier, III; daughter, Hanna Brinnier; stepmother, Christine Brinnier; brother, Russell Brinnier and wife, Kathleen; step-brother; Robert Terwilliger; and his niece, Amber Brinnier. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sally Russell-Brinnier. A time to celebrate Billy's life will be held from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 2021 at the Exchange Hotel, 217 Main Street, Saugerites, NY 12477.

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Brother Billy, you are now in Gods home. Rest well my friend as you will be missed by many we will be together again in His kingdom.

Rick Manring Jul 18 2021 8:31 PM

I only recently met Billy through golf lessons at Pebble Creek. Yesterday when I went to the clubhouse I was shocked to hear of his passing. I found Billy to be a talented, friendly, gregarious and genuine guy. He helped me with my golf game and I enjoyed very much our time on the course. My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. I am sure God has welcomed Billy into the golf course in heaven.

John Emerson Jul 16 2021 6:11 AM

I'm deeply saddened and shocked. Learned of Bill's passing today. I have been taking golf lessons from Bill the past few months & really made a connection with him. Loved the way he taught & explained things- a very Zen like approach. Heck, he even brought his guitar to the course and played a song for me once! I finally made a major break through hitting the golf ball yesterday, called to share my excitement with Bill today & get this news. Words can't express how I feel right now. You will be missed. My time at the course will never be the same. Godspeed Bill. Your friend- Drew

Drew Pruitt Jul 12 2021 1:32 PM

I was saddened to hear of Billy's passing. I knew Billy all thru High School and enjoyed many poker games and deep discussion,during and after the game while enjoying a few beers ,long after High School.My condolences to Billy's family and friends. Rest In peace Chief.

Skip Swingle Jul 10 2021 9:34 AM

There are no words that can adequately express how saddened I am that Billy died. He was a brilliant spark of light with a mischievous glint in his eye and a wonderful laugh that I thoroughly enjoyed when we hung out together in Saugerties, NY in the 1970's and 1980's. His talent, mind and energy will be greatly missed. My love and sympathies are extended to his daughter, brother, father and extended family. Rest in Peace, Billy. Rock on.

Pina Martinelli-Lynch Jul 9 2021 2:36 PM

RIP. I miss you brother. YOU WILL BE MISSED!!! I just found out today and cant hardly believe it.

Brian Chait Jul 6 2021 4:26 PM

From the moment I had him as an instructor, he stole my heart. His passion for the subject, his humor and his love of music was something that touched me deeply. He was an amazing writer and helped me in that regard many times. I grew to truly love him. He gave me one of the greatest moments of my life the day our daughter was born. Although our time together was like a roller coaster, I will always cherish the good times. When our daughter was born, Bill stayed with me in hospital, in that twin bed with me, comforting me for 48 hrs from an extremely difficult labor and delivery.. I wish We could have put aside our differences, and I could have told you one more time.... Thank you . It is because of the two of us, that our daughter is who she has become. Rest in peace Bill

Cathy Kelly Jul 6 2021 12:42 PM