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William W Briggs

Date of Death: February 25, 2021

Date of Birth: December 8, 1930

Biography:

William Worcester Briggs
A few weeks after Bill and his wife, Jean, celebrated their 68th wedding
anniversary, Bill passed into the spiritual world on February 25, 2021 after
a period of failing health. He was happy to be at home surrounded by
family.
Bill was born to Horace and Margaret Briggs in Washington DC,
December 8,1930. He grew up in Newtonville, Mass, attending local
schools, graduating from High Mowing, a Waldorf high school, in Wilton,
NH. He attended Paul Smith College in New York State, then transferred
to University of Maine Orono, studying forestry at both colleges.
When his family moved to Fryeburg, ME, he met Jean Webster. Two
years later they married and moved to Chester, Vt. where Bill was
employed by The National Survey, a cartographic firm making military
maps for the US government. With their two young children, Bill and Jean
spent the next 5 years traveling throughout New England, while Bill did
onsite work for the Army Corp of Engineers.
As their children approached school age, the family settled in the
Brunswick area, where Bill was employed by Wright and Pierce for 18
years. During this time, after a tragic automobile accident in Jean’s family,
they welcomed her young brother into their home, making them a family of
five.
Bill and Jean moved to Bowdoinham in 1975. It is there that Bill owned
and operated his own drafting business, Drafting Etc. for 10 years. He then
accepted a position with the Scarborough engineering firm, Neil & Gunter.
He retired from there in 1993. However, 2 years later, Bill decided on a
“retirement job” and spent the next 10 years at LL Bean in the Quality
Control (QA) department.
During Bill’s long life, he was an active member of the Church of the New
Jerusalem, enjoyed the White Mountains of NH and the ocean from Great
Gott Island off the coast of Me.
Bill leaves his loving family who brought him much love and joy: his
wife, Jean; son William (wife Martha) of Windham, daughter Rebecca
Bernier (husband Steve) of Bowdoinham; 3 grandchildren Nathaniel
Bernier (wife Kathi) of Topsham, Carrie Thomas (husband Matthew) of
Bowdoin, Matthew Bernier (wife Janna) of Bowdoinham; 5 great
grandchildren Diahnna Bernier, Wesley and Eva Thomas, Lucas and Noah
Bernier; brother in law David Webster (wife Annie) of New Mexico, a sister
Meg Worcester of Michigan, a sister in law Mary Ann Briggs of California; 3
nieces and 3 nephews.
He is predeceased by a sister, Jean Louise Briggs and a brother, Horace
Briggs.
The family wants to thank the nurses and care givers from CHANS
Hospice for their compassionate care and support
Due to Covid 19 restrictions, the family plans a private memorial service
at a future date.

 

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