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William “Bill” Twitchell

Somersworth, N.H. — William “Bill” Twitchell, 83, died peacefully after several years of failing health at the Hyder Family Hospice House in Dover, N.H. on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.

Bill was born on Feb. 3, 1930, to the late Franklin and Doris Ramsdell Twitchell in Rochester, N.H. A lifelong resident of Somersworth, he married the love of his life, the former Margaret E. Dodier, 63 years ago at St. Martin’s Parish on July 29, 1950. Besides his wife he leaves a son, David and his wife Bonnie Baldwin of White River Junction, Vt.; three grandchildren, Kristen Chapman of White River Junction, Kelly Ray and husband Ryan of Grantham, N.H., and Andrew Twitchell of White River Junction; three great-grandchildren, Dakota Chapman, Ean Ray and MacKenzie Ray. He also leaves a sister, Barbara Hoffman of Rochester, N.H., a sister, Nancy and husband Dick LeMere of Rochester, a brother, Harry and wife Charlotte of Rochester, and a brother Charles and wife Shirley of Omaha, Neb., a special nephew Wesley Maynard plus several other nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Frank Jr., Adelbert and sisters, Betty, Dorothy Thompson and Agnes Guild. He was also predeceased by his grandson, Patrick James.

Bill was well known throughout the Somersworth community as the milk delivery man for Chabot’s Dairy for many years, the bus driver with Lemay’s Bus Service for Somersworth students attending St. Thomas Aquinas for several years as well as an ambulance driver, a salesman of microwaves, an installer of grave liners, a longshoreman for Granite State Minerals and many other jobs too numerous mention that he did in his spare time. It was always said that if there was a 25 hour work day he would find something to fill up that slot. However, he will forever be remembered mostly as Deputy Fire Chief William Twitchell for the Somersworth Volunteer Fire Department and active member of the N.H. Fireman’s Association and Civil Defense leader for the City of Somersworth. Besides his love for his family his passion for the fire department and his service of more than 34 years to the city Somersworth will forever be his lasting legacy. As one of the many first responders to serve the community Bill led by example, he would never ask someone to do something he would not do himself. Bill was a take charge person and was always seen volunteering for the fireman’s lawn party, organizing the Christmas decorations for the community along with the annual Christmas parade, a volunteer leader for Boy Scout Troop 195, a runner for the annual St. Martin Parish Penny Sale, working Bingo for the Fire Department or working the Bean Supper for the Scouts plus many other volunteer efforts. Bill loved his community and gave freely of himself to many throughout his lifetime.

At the request of the deceased there will be no calling hours. A celebration of Bill’s life will be offered at a Memorial Mass at St. Ignatius Parish, St. Martin’s Church on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Somersworth, N.H.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made in his memory to the Somersworth Fireman’s Toy Bank 195 Maple Street, Somersworth, N.H. 03878. Funeral arrangements are through Tasker’s Funeral Home. Please go to www.taskerfh.com to sign the on-line guest book.