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William L. Bill Ralston

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William L. Bill
Ralston, William L. Bill, 52, of Pascoag, RI, was taken into the Lords hands on Nov. 1, 2013, while surrounded by his loved ones and family at RI Hospital. He was the fiance to Patricia Gonyea, with whom he lived. He was born in Carpentersville, IL, a son of Leota C. (Shockley) Ralston and the late Robert H. Ralston. Bill worked for Precision Towing in Johnston, RI. He was a resident of Burrillville for 4 years, previously living in Salisbury MA., where he lived most of his life. He was a veteran of the US Marine Corps serving during peacetime, and was a member of the Freemasons of St. Marks Lodge, East Kingston, NH, and also was a member of the National Association of Rocketry; he enjoyed NASCAR, mechanics, baseball, and the outdoors. He is survived by his children, Sally Cox, of Niles, MI, Jennifer Lonero, of CA, Rebecca Ralston, William Ralston, II, and Alexandra and Mollie Ralston, all of Salisbury MA; mother, Leota Corinne Straugh, of NY; siblings, Robert H. and Jean Ralsto, of MI, Reva C.Lee, of AR, Kathryn Ralston, of FL, John D. and Mary Ralston, of MI, and Angela M. and Justin Marmet, of NY. He is also survived by stepchildren, Thomas Jr. and Ashley Gonea, Daniel, and Jennifer Gonyea, and Virginia Dugas, all of RI; grandsons, Michael Bernier, Jr., and Alexander Riccitelli-Gonyea; his paternal grandmother, Mae Rouse, of Lafayette, ID; and his former wife, Tabitha Ralston, of Salisbury, MA. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Lee Ralston, and his father, Robert H. Ralston. His funeral service will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Keene-Brown Funeral Home, 445Greenville Rd., North Smithfield. Burial will be private. Calling hours will be Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. www.brown funeralhomes.com
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Nov. 9, 2013
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