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Civic activist, former Virginia Gazette staffer William Bryant passes away at 78

Civic activist, former Virginia Gazette staffer William Bryant passes away at 78

William “Bill” T. Bryant, who strove to make Williamsburg a better place through years of civic activism and advocacy, has died at age 78.

Bryant was a Portsmouth native who came to Williamsburg to attend the College of William and Mary and never left.

Fellow community activists said the gentle man with a long pony tail left an indelible mark on the community.

“Not only was he a civic activist in the real, best sense of the word, he was a writer and historian who cared about the community,” said Wilford Kale, a local writer.

Kale first crossed paths with Bryant when both men were young journalists in Williamsburg in the early 1970s. Bryant reported for The Virginia...

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