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William R. Iovanna

January 26th, 2019

William R. Iovanna, “Bill” USN Retired CW04, age 73, of Raymond, NH formerly of Wilmington, MA, passed away unexpectedly at home on January 18, 2019.

William was born in Woburn, MA, on January 8, 1946; he was raised and educated in Wilmington, MA and was a graduate of Wilmington High School.

Bill, enlisted in the United States Navy on July 9, 1963, during the Vietnam War and that’s where his 27-year career in the Navy began. Bill served overseas during the Vietnam War as well as several conflicts throughout the world over the years. Throughout his career, Bill, continued to learn and grow; he took many training classes and lots of schooling. Bill was knowledgeable in computer science and special communications which led him to a position in Naval Intelligence for several years. Bill also earned many commendations and awards throughout the years including the Joint Service Commendation, Navy Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Four Good Conduct Awards, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign, Two Overseas Service Ribbons and the Expert Pistol Shot Medal. Bill enjoyed his time traveling the world while in the Navy; he saw many places and met many wonderful people throughout the years. Bill felt privileged to work with so many great people that he considered his extended family. Bill retired in the early 1990’s following a stellar career and made his home in Raymond, NH.

Bill was known to be a huge sports fan; he loved following all the Boston sports, the Dallas Cowboys and he also enjoyed horse racing.

Bill was well read, and he could hold any conversation about the weather, currents events and most of all politics; he never back-down from a friendly debate.

Bill most of all enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren who he adored. He looked forward to his trips “back East” while in the Navy and following his retirement he loved to host his family at his home in New Hampshire.

Bill will be fondly remembered as a “great guy”; he was proud, honorable, gentle and kind. Bill would go out of his way to help his family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Bill always spoke highly of his family; he loved them with all his heart and he will forever be missed by all.

William was the devoted father of Anthony Iovanna of Glendale, AZ, the late Marc Iovanna and Teressa Iovanna. Loving “Grampa” of Justin, Christopher, Hannah and Bradley. Cherished son of the late Capitola (Hovey) and Joseph McCabe, dear brother of Janis Hall & her husband Albert of Stoneham, Bonnie McElenehy & her husband Jerry of Tennessee, Sharon Caira & her husband Aldo of Wilmington and the late Charlene Brogna. William is also survived by his former wife and dear friend Allyson Barnes as well as many nieces and nephews
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Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Monday, January 28th for Visitation from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in William’s memory may be made to Homes for Our Troops, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780.

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5 Entries in Guest Book for “William R. Iovanna”

  1. Donna Fraize says:

    I met Bill in the early 90’s and worked with him for 11 years. He was an honorable man and person I was privileged to call friend. I will miss see him around our community. Bill always spoke highly of his son and his sisters. Almost every week he had “sister” stories!

    Rest In Peace my friend
    Donna

  2. Linda Bedingfield says:

    I met Bill in the mid-1970s and I am proud to call him my friend. He had such a wonderful sense of humor and fierce dedication to service. Even after life moved us in separate directions, we still stayed in touch.

    He will be missed, but God willing, we will see him again.

    Linda

  3. Sally Radomski says:

    Stan and I send our prayers and deepest sympathies to Sharon and Aldo Caira on the death of Sharon’s and all of the family members.

  4. DW says:

    To the Family, so sorry for your loss. Hope you will be comforted in knowing that William has the prospect of being resurrected, healthy (in the flesh), to Paradise Earth just as Jehovah God has promised. In fact , the vast majority will enjoy everlasting life right here on earth as God had intended from the beginning. God’s Kingdom will do this under the rule of Jesus Christ. READ John 5:28, 29, Job 14:14, 15,Psalms 37:29,Matthew 6:9,10, Matthew 5:5 and Revelation 21:2-4 Go To: JW.ORG

  5. Robert Walsh says:

    I am originally from Wilmington and was stationed with CWO4 Iovanna. He was a great leader and shipmate.

    Fair Winds and Following Seas

    CTR1 Bob Walsh

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