BEDFORD – William R. MacKay, 75, resident of Bedford, died Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack.
He was born in Malden, Mass. on Sept. 7, 1938, a son of Ernest C. and Charlotte (Forsey) MacKay. Bill spent most of his school years in Massachusetts, then moved to New Durham in his Junior year and graduated from Alton High School, Alton.
He made his home in Bedford for the past 30 years and formerly lived in Merrimack for 10 years.
He had been employed at Tridyne Corp in Merrimack for 15 years and later worked as an Engineering Technician for 25 years at Norton Company, Worcester, Mass.
Bill enjoyed traveling with his wife having gone on several cruises, visiting Hawaii twice and going through the Panama Canal.
He was very handy and liked all types of carpentry work, gardening and was an avid Boston sports fan. Bill always had a keen interest in clocks and over the years he had built his own grandfather clock.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force
, where he served two years in Okinawa. He was an airplane mechanic and worked on F-86s as Crew Chief.
Family members include his wife of 51 years, Florence L. (Philbrick) MacKay of Bedford; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Daniel and Maryann MacKay of Milford and John and Nancy MacKay of Nashua; a brother-in-law, Gene Philbrick of Florida; and several nieces and nephews, who all thought the world of him.
There are no visiting hours.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 4, at 11 a.m. in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford.
Donations in his memory may be made to the
, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
To share a memory or leave a condolence, please go to smith-heald.com