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Sept. 7, 2022

By John T. Ryan

Isle La Motte, Vermont – On July 17, North Country Knights of Columbus and friends honored the late Bill Ose at the 74th Annual NYS Knights of Columbus Pilgrimage to St. Anne's Shrine in Isle LaMotte, Vermont.

Beginning in 1994, Ose recruited a busload of pilgrims from the Watertown area and accompanied them as they made the four-hour journey to the shrine. The bus departed Watertown on Saturday morning, often picking up along the route, and returned home following the Sunday Mass and Benediction.

Ose passed away last April, however, his brother knights, led by Constableville Council 2175 Grand Knight Steve Kraeger and Ose’s pilgrimage secretary, Rose Morgan, were determined that the bus would continue.

Saturday afternoon July 16, a bus carrying 40 pilgrims arrived at the shrine. At the close of Sunday's Mass, Rose Morgan presented an inscribed picture of Ose to St. Anne's Shrine Director Father Brian Cummings. Father Cummings will place the image in a prominent place at the shrine.

The inscription on the framed picture reads:
William C.Ose
(Bill or Colonel)
January 25, 1939 – April 21, 2022

Bill was an active member of NNY Knights of Columbus, Diocese of Ogdensburg. He had many leadership roles at his local Council #7364, Adams, NY, the Northern Conference and was also State Warden for the NY Knights of Columbus.

In 1994, Bill made a promise to his wife Janet to bring a bus from Watertown, NY to Isle La Motte for an annual pilgrimage in July with the Northern Conference, a promise he kept until his death, over 25 years.

Throughout those years, with the help of his fellow pilgrims, the “Bus People” purchased the granite bench and kneeler by the grotto of our Blessed Mother. Seeing another need, Bill and good friend, Bill Boulio, acquired a golf cart, named “J,J &J” for the grounds which fellow pilgrims funded. It was named after Janet, Jill (Bill’s second wife), and Joan Boulio.

The Colonel loved his Country, The Church, his Brother Knights, family and friends. He enjoyed coming to St. Anne’s Shrine with a bus full of pilgrims.

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