GREENFIELD — When the planning for the Greenfield Banking Co.’s State Street branch was in its early stages, Bill Weil had a message for the architects: Make it look strong, and make it look permanent, a testament to the institution’s dedication to the community.
It was a dedication the Greenfield native shared.
Weil, who served on the bank’s board of directors for 53 years, died last week after a lengthy battle with diabetes. He was 82.
Weil, who was living in St. Petersburg, Fla., when he died, served on the board from 1956 to 2009, helping see the bank through years of expansion that resulted in the bank’s seven branches today.
He is remembered as a likeable businessman with unmatched knowledge of the town where he was born and raised.
“He virtually knew everybody in the community, and he was extremely valuable for giving us local background,” said fellow board member Tom Cone, who joined the board in 1969 and remains active today. “He brought a historical perspective to the board’s outlook. And as a businessman, he was really finely tuned to the needs of the business community.”