William F. “Bill” Walters

November 25th, 2013

William F. “Bill” Walters, age 82, of Tewksbury, formerly of New Smyrna Beach, FL, died peacefully on November 24, 2013 at the Fairhaven Health Care Center in Lowell.

Bill was born on June 21, 1931 in Kansas City, Missouri.  He was the cherished son of the late Albert F. and Eunice (Zimmerman) Walters.  Bill grew up in Kansas City and graduated from Paseo High School. After graduating from high school, Bill went on to Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied Engineering.

He and his high school sweetheart, Nancy C. (Mitchell) Walters were married on September 1, 1951.  They shared more than 62 years of marriage together.  Bill and Nancy had a special bond.  They really enjoyed each other’s’ company and Bill’s face would light up whenever Nancy entered the room.

Prior to retiring from Chesebrough Ponds, Bill worked as an Engineer for more than 30 years.  Bill’s work took him all over the world and, several times during his career, the family moved along with him.  They lived in Kansas City, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Geneva, Switzerland.  After returning to the U.S., Bill and Nancy retired to New Smyrna Beach, FL, where they loved visiting Disney World.

Bill and Nancy were collectors.  He was a life-long coin collector.  His travels gave him many opportunities to bring home interesting moneys, both modern and ancient.  As a couple, Bill and Nancy collected Hummel figurines, Sebastian miniatures, and especially Muffys.  In fact, Bill became so involved with the collection of Muffys that he earned the name “Mr. Muffy” with one of the local vendors.  Bill also loved to barbecue, tell corny jokes, root for the Cardinals, and trout fish.

Bill was a devoted family man; his family was the most important thing in his life.  Whether it was holidays or special occasions, Bill always enjoyed spending time with his family.  Every Mother’s Day weekend, Bill would pack up the family station wagon and take his three daughters camping and fishing.  His goal was to give Nancy a break for the weekend, but he also created many memories with the girls and set an example of giving generously and thoughtfully.

Bill was a committed Christian.  He was a man of great faith and even though he moved several times in his life, he and the family always found a church home and became active members.  He held many positions at the churches where they worshiped and is a past President of American Baptist Churches of Connecticut.  When settling in Florida, Bill and Nancy joined the Coronado United Methodist Church.  Two years ago, Bill and Nancy moved to Tewksbury to be closer to their daughters, but they still remained parishioners of that Church.

Bill will be remembered as a loyal, kind, compassionate husband, father, “Grandpa” and friend.  All members of his family share the belief that he had a profound influence on their lives, their character, and who they are in the world. He loved the people he shared his life with and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Bill was the beloved husband of Nancy C. (Mitchell) Walters; devoted father of Sue Kirkland & her long time companion Dennis Rieu of Burlington, Linda Lue Leiserson of Wilmington, Patricia Ann Cummings and her husband William of Endicott, NY; loving “Grandpa” of Charles E. Leiserson, Jr., William M. Leiserson and his wife Erin, Debby Leiserson, Stacy Kirkland, William Cummings and Elizabeth Cummings; cherished son of the late Albert F. and Eunice (Zimmerman) Walters; dear brother of the late Vivian Schell and Albert F. Walters, Jr.; and brother-in-law of Jane Walters of Ormand Beach, FL.

Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service on Friday, November 29th at 11:00 a.m. in the Abundant Life Christian Center, 173 Church Street, (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Coronado United Methodist Church, 201 S Peninsula Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169. Arrangements under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.


2 Entries in Guest Book for “William F. “Bill” Walters”

  1. Nancy Knight & Ted Rogers says:

    May you be comforted that he will always be in your heart and his legacy will be yours to pass down to your children and grandchildren. And as I was promised and have found to be true whenever you seek and need his guidance he will find a way to get it to you.

  2. Sally Gedney says:

    So very sorry for your loss. I am so glad you are near the girls and family even tho you are missed in Fl. Please know that you are in our thought s and prayers. Sally and Ron

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