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    2017 -07-23 Worcester Firefighter William C. Metterville Retired

    William C. Metterville, retired Worcester Firefighter, 95

    WORCESTER - William C. Metterville, 95, passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at home, surrounded by his devoted family. He was born to the late Edward S. and Nora M. (Melia) Metterville in the Rochdale section of Leicester, and grew up in Main South.

    Bill was predeceased by his loving wife of 59 years, Mary E. (Sullivan) Metterville who died in 2006. He leaves 5 children, William P. Metterville and his wife Renée, Deborah Lenz and her husband Paul both of Worcester, David Metterville and his wife Brenda of Spencer, Sheila Ericsson and her husband Fredrik and Colleen Metterville of Worcester, his sister, Mary DiPilato and his brother Richard Metterville and his wife Maureen of Holden, a sister-in-law Eileen Metterville of Orleans. He also leaves 15 grandchildren, Paul, Brian, Shawna, Joseph, Katie, Heather, Danielle, Ryan, Johanna, Bridget, Erin, Sean, Maura, William and Anna, 11 great-grandchildren, Addison, Connor, Trevor, Kaiden, Nathan, Valerie, Luke, Julia, Timothy, Peggy and Elouise. He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was predeceased by 2 brothers Edward and Francis Metterville.

    He graduated from St. Peter's High School in 1938 and went to work at Norton Company. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1941 and served in World War II in the Pacific Theater, as a member of the Naval Beach Battalion.

    Bill was a Worcester Firefighter and proudly served for 25 years. Retiring in 1980, from Engine 9 in Tatnuck where he spent the majority of his career. In addition, he was a licensed Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractor owning and operating his own business for over 50 years.

    Bill enjoyed spending time with his family. Many memories were created at his home in North Eastham of fishing, digging for clams and quahogs. Bill spent many years of hunting with his brothers and sons in Maine. He was an avid golfer achieving the "Best of all shots in the golfing world a hole-in-one" at the Oxford Golf Course.

    Bill was a Life member of Worcester Lodge of Elks #243, where he enjoyed spending many afternoons with his friends. Bill was Past Commander of Grafton Hill American Legion Post #323, Retired Worcester Police and Fire Association, Worcester Firemen's Relief Association, past member of the board of directors of the Worcester Fire Department Credit Union.

    We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessings of the time we spent with him. He was devoted to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was our inspiration leading by example. His love was endless. He was kind and generous to all he met. His love will remain in our hearts until we meet again. We take comfort knowing that he has been reunited with the love of his life Mary and their first born son who he missed dearly.

    The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the members of the VNA Hospice and Palliative Care. Their dedication and effort to provide to quality care over the last 3 months were a heartwarming blessing to the entire family.

    Calling hours at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster Street, Worcester are Wednesday, July 26th, from 4 to 7 p.m. The celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, July 27th, with a Mass at 10:30 a.m., in his parish of more than 60 years, Christ the King Church, 1052 Pleasant Street, Worcester. Burial will be in St John's Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Veterans, INC. 69 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605.
    Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from July 23 to July 25, 2017
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