ROCKPORT - William H. Trayes Jr. 89, of Rockport, beloved husband of Roswitha (Schuster) Trayes, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his residence on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Bill was born in Boston, MA on June 2, 1928, the son of the late William and Cora (Mitchell) Trayes. He attended Boston Latin High School and continued his education at Harvard, obtaining his Bachelor of Science with a degree in economics. He continued his graduate studies at the University of Chicago, where he received his Masters Degree. Bill was employed in Boston, originally working as a banker before he decided to invest in real estate and start his own business. He met Roswitha, the love of his life, while stationed in Germany right after WWII. Roswitha and Bill spent 63 years in marriage together, the last decades of which they lived in the house that, as a child, Bill had summered in with his parents. Bill was known for his incredible knowledge of art and art history and was a passionate art collector. His vast knowledge of art and its history led him to receive numerous awards throughout the years. He was a proactive member of the Rockport Art Association, the Cape Ann Museum and Montserrat College of Art throughout his life. He frequently gave lectures and loaned pictures from his art collection to local museums and colleges. He and his wife Roswitha were founding members of the Waldorf School, which is now known as the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in Beverly, MA. Bill was a staunch supporter of all students and was known for his generosity in helping individuals with his own funds to further their education. A well known man about Gloucester, he was a city councilor and member of the planning board, a man who deeply loved and appreciated the many things Cape Ann has to offer. While living in Rockport, he was an avid sailor. Classical music was also a source of deep pleasure for Bill; he and his wife attended concerts nearly every weekend. Bill sponsored a Boston University College of Fine Arts student to play in concerts at Tanglewood Institute every summer, regularly making the long drive to Western Massachusetts to show his interest in their career. During the last few years of his life, his "Breakfast Club", as he dubbed it, at the Addison Gilbert Hospital was a cherished enjoyment and a time to talk with his local friends. His generosity and love for his family and friends, especially Roswitha, will continue on in the hearts of all those who knew him.
He is survived by his beloved wife Roswitha, his brother Bob, his sisters- and brothers-in-law, and his many nephews and nieces and grand-nephews and -nieces.
In keeping with his wishes, there will be no public services. Visiting hours and remembrance will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St. Gloucester on Tuesday, March 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. Family and friends are cordially invited. Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to: Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA 01930 or Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St. Rockport, MA 01966 or The Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, 701 Cabot St. Beverly, MA 01915. Online condolences may be given at: www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 1, 2018