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William C. Willcox, 89, husband of Ruth F. (Geweniger) Willcox of Gloucester, passed away on Friday evening, August 4, 2017, at the Den Mar Health and Rehabilitation Center in Rockport with his loving family by his side.
He was born in Arlington, Mass., on January 23, 1928, grew up in Malden, and was the son of the late Harold Willcox and Mary (Orlando) Brown. He moved to Gloucester 29 years ago after summers spent on Long Beach. William graduated from Malden High School. He proudly served in the United States Navy during WWII as a Sea Bee in the South Pacific. He was employed for 33 years as an elevator mechanic for the National Elevator Industry, Local 4, Boston. Following retirement, he worked as a carpenter all over Cape Ann and was an honorary parking lot attendant at Long Beach parking lot. William will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ruth F. Willcox of Gloucester; five daughters, Paula James and her husband, Dennis of Malden, Wendy Themea and her husband, Stan of Corona, Calif., Kim Flammia and her husband, Charles of Gloucester, Debra Abramovich and her husband, Scott of Beverly, Denise Gadbois and her husband, Sean of Gloucester; eight grandchildren, Lindsay, Lauren, William and his companion, Rebecca, Sydney, Scott, Joshua, Devin, Hailey; and great-granddaughter, Brae; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Marie Benson; and brothers, James, Raymond, Frederick, and Donald Willcox.
A Celebration of his Life will be held at the Cape Ann Marina Resort, 75, Essex Ave., Gloucester, on Sunday, August 20, 2017, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. along with military honors being rendered. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. There will be no visiting hours and the burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Cape Ann Animal Aid Association, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930; or to Den Mar Health and Rehabilitation Center, 44 South Street, Rockport, MA 01966. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  August 9, 2017
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