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William D. Myers, “Bill”, age 95, a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully at home on September 28, 2023.
Bill was born on July 14, 1928, in Grafton, West Virginia; he was the cherished son of the late William A. and Ruby P. (Squires) Myers. Bill was legally blind from birth but that never stopped him from achieving his goals and making the most of life. He was raised and educated in Grafton, graduating from Grafton High School with the Class of 1946. Bill went on to further his education, graduating from West Virginia University in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree and earning his MBA from Northeastern University in Boston, MA on June 20, 1965.
Bill had an incredible work ethic and was sought after by several companies throughout the years. Bill worked as a engineer; his vast knowledge as well as his great people skills made him quite successful throughout his career. Bill also had his own business as a Jewell Manufacturing; he was very creative and made some really nice, custom camper caps for trucks.
Bill married Rose Marie Myers in May of 1954; the couple settled in Wilmington, MA, where they raised their three beautiful children. Bill was a very devoted father and adored being a grandfather. In 1963 the American Federation for the Blind held a ceremony and awarded Bill the “Blind Father of the Year Award”; nothing stopped Bill from taking care of those he loved. Bill’s wife passed in 2001 which left quite a void in his life; they shared nearly 47 wonderful years together with their family and friends, had a lot of great times, and lots of laughs throughout the years but he managed to move on with the help of family and friends.
Bill was always going out of his way to help others; he was very soft-spoken but had an endearing personality and everyone loved him. Bill was very active at the Wilmington United Methodist Church and was not afraid to jump in and help where needed. He was a man of great faith and part of that faith allowed him to fall in love again with a fellow parishioner Barbara Belbin who had also lost her spouse. Bill and Barbara made a great couple; they shared many wonderful times together and made things “official” by marrying nearly 20 years ago.
In his spare time, Bill enjoyed working in his yard, taking trips to West Virginia to explore his roots and visit family and friends, and catching up on his knowledge of History; his favorite subject. Most of all Bill looked forward to the times he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren, and making memories to last for generations to come. He will be fondly remembered as a great guy who will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Bill was the beloved husband of Barbara Myers and the late Rose Marie Myers who passed in 2001, devoted father of Wesley D. Myers and his wife Debbie of Derry, NH, Russell A. Myers and his wife Kathy of Merrimack, NH, and Terri M. Correnti and her husband Joseph of Salem, MA. He was the loving “Granddaddy” of Patrick and his fiancé Nicole, Mackenzie and her fiancé Jordan, Zachary and his wife Ashley, Anthony, Amanda and her husband Albert as well as his great-grandchildren Jaylen and Albert Joseph. Bill was the dear brother of the late Janice C. Myers.
Family and friends will gather at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Tuesday, October 3rd for Visitation from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. followed by a Service in the Church at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA. To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit our website at www.nicholsfuneralhome.com