William E. Bonser

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William E. Bonser

ACWORTH, Georgia - William E. Bonser, lovingly known as "Mr. Bill" originally of New Hampshire, and most recently of Acworth, Georgia, went to dance with Jesus on Monday, February 24, 2014, having lived 87 full years of life and service.

Bill was born in Sanbornville, on New Year's Day, 1927 to parents Harold and Marion Bonser. He graduated from West Newbury Senior High School and shortly thereafter served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II. After an honorable discharge, he moved to Cordova, Alaska to help his father publish the Cordova Times, serving as Chief Editor. It was there he met the love of his life, Marie Rose "Merci" Foode and they married on April 2, 1954.

Bill led a life dedicated to service and was driven by his love for family, community, and God. Primarily a news editor and printer by trade, Bill wore a variety of hats, both literally and figuratively. He moved back to New Hampshire in 1987 to serve with Camp Fireside. He co-founded The Museum of Printing in Andover, MA. He was passionately engaged in community service and mission work throughout his life, most recently with Grace Community Church in Rochester.

He is preceded in death by his wife Merci, a brother Paul and sister Jeanie. Bill is survived by four daughters, Dawn Bonser, Yvonne Bonser, Mishal Peterangelo, and Vanessa Bonser. He leaves behind two grandsons, Cachao and Nathaniel, seven granddaughters, Janelle, Anessa, Rebecca, Veronica, Jenna, Davina, and Hannah, and a host of great-grands, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held in Gerrish Chapel at Camp Fireside in Barrington at 3 p.m. on June 7. Gifts can be given in his memory to Camp Fireside (www.Fireside.org) or Grace Community Church (www.GracePlace.com).

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Published in Fosters from Apr. 1 to Apr. 4, 2014
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