William J. Rhodes III
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of Fitchburg, MA; 61
FITCHBURG -- William J. Rhodes III, 61 of Fitchburg, MA. died on February 7, 2013 in his home.
He was born in Fitchburg, MA. on February 14,1951 the son of William J. Rhodes and June (Deschenes) Rhodes. He lived in Fitchburg all of his life. He was a graduate of Fitchburg High School Class of 1969. He also went on to attend Mount Wachusett Community College. Billy was the youngest certified EMT at age 18. He had ridden the Ambulance as a" Third Hand "starting at age 16. He also went to work for his uncle at City Cab Co. He also served on the Fitchburg Fire Dept. for several years. More recently he had been working for Verizon as an operator for 11 years and retired in 2009.
He is survived by his mother June (Deschenes) Rhodes of Fitchburg, MA., his aunts, Betty Roemer and her husband Edward of Tarpon Springs, Florida, M. Jacqueline Heikkila of Fitchburg, MA., and Florence Bramante of Sterling, MA., his cousins, Marylis Bramante, Peter Bramante, Cheryl Fenwick, Candis Heikkila, Paul John, and Mark Roemer, and his special cousin Arthur "Michael" Bellio.
Billy was a quiet person who enjoyed reading, and gardening.
He was predeceased by his father William J. Rhodes in 1985 and his uncle and Godfather, Joseph W. Bramante who died in January of 2013.
RHODES -- A funeral service will be held on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 10a.m. in The Lavery Chartrand & Alario Funeral Home, 99 Summer St., Fitchburg, MA. Interment will follow in St. Bernard's Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Thursday February 14, 2013 at the funeral home from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2013