William W Claflin, Jr., born on 8 Aug 1937 in Boston, to William W. & Ruth (Putnam), died peacefully at home with his dear friends and caregivers, Janice and George Bassett, after a brief hospitalization. Bill, a life long resident of Marion, qualifies as an original “townie”.
Shortly after graduating from Northwood School, Lake Placid, New York, Bill enlisted in the US Army, Signal Corps in 1959 and served with honors until his discharge in 1962. Bill’s knowledge of emergency communications electronics, encouraged him to own and operate Electronics Sales & Service, Inc, New Bedford, MA, until his retirement in 2008.
Bill’s passion with emergency electronics allowed him to serve as communications specialist on the Marion Fire Department. Further, Bill served as Secretary, Historian, and Treasurer, for the Marion Fire Fighters Association, for 50 plus years: a life member of the Association. His second greatest passion was serving with the Marion Social Club, from l983 until his passing.
Bill leaves many, many friends in town and would especially like to remember his “best pal”, Mason Noble, who he mentored for several years. Mason is his “adopted” great grandson.
His funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham at 10 AM. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion. Visiting hours will be Friday from 5 – 8 PM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Marion Fire Fighters Association, P O Box 114, Marion, MA 02738 or the Marion Social Club, P O Box 763, Marion, MA 02738.
For directions and on-line guestbook visit: www.ccgfuneralhome.com.