Childs, William

November 16th, 2009

William G. Childs, age 84, of Wilmington, died peacefully Monday, November 16, 2009, at Woodbriar of Wilmington.

Born on August 27, 1925, in Medford, MA, William was the dear son of the late George W. and Ella L. (Holt) Childs. William grew up in West Medford where he was educated and graduated from Medford High School. During his High School years, William worked for the H. P. Hood Company in Charlestown and M.I.T. in Cambridge. Following High School, William was inducted in the United States Army on November 8, 1943. William’s duties included the Military Police, he was a Wire Chief, and belonged to the Signal Corps. William served all over the Asiatic Pacific Theater and was honored with many commendations for his service. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant on April 24, 1946.

William returned to West Medford and went to work at “The Telephone Company”, which at that time was “Ma Bell” or the New England Telephone Company, William was a part of the ever changing communications world and saw the telephone company evolve through those many changes. He retired from Verizon as a Toll Service Assigner after more than 40 years of dedicated service. William was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers.

After his retirement, William volunteered for the Perkins School for the Blind where his electronic expertise came in handy to repair their talking books. William married Ruth Bryant Sheldon on September 26, 1953, they lived in Medford for a few years, moving to Wilmington in 1956. William was very active in the community, he was a member of the Conservation Commission and a charter member of the Wilmington Minutemen. In his spare time, William loved to work on model trains, tinker with electronics, do photography, and create with pewter. He will be fondly remembered as a devoted family man, an “awesome” grandfather, and a good friend.

William was the beloved husband of Ruth B. (Sheldon) Childs, devoted father of Linda Boise & her husband Lawrence of Derry, NH, and Susan Caron & her husband Daniel of Framingham, loving grandfather of Adam Boise, Ellen Boise, Matthew Caron, and Jamie Caron.

Family & friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, November 20th at 11:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Thursday November 19th are from 3:00-7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in William’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, the Perkins School for the Blind, 175 N. Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472, or to the Charity of One’s Choice.


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  1. George I. Thompson says:

    Bill – you will be missed – a long time friend.
    Telephone co-worker in Boston and Framingham.
    Our telephone coffee breaks were great – my coffee, your tea.
    Will be seeing you someday – George

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