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William Ernest (Bill) Kuriger

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William Ernest (Bill) Kuriger
of Fitchburg, MA; 95

FITCHBURG, MA -- William Ernest (Bill) Kuriger, age 95, of Fitchburg, MA, passed away on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Highlands. He was born in Fitchburg on August 18, 1918, the son of Fred and Annie (Frazier) Kuriger. He delivered the morning and afternoon editions of newspapers throughout West Fitchburg from Waites Corner as a kid. He graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1936. After graduation Bill joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, working in Waterbury Vermont, followed by employment at Fitchburg Yarn Co. and the Social Security Board in Baltimore, MD, until he was inducted into the army in 1941. He served in the infantry, as an aviation cadet, and then as a radio operator in C-47 aircraft during World War II, traveling the world. After the war he worked again at the Social Security Board for a brief time, and then returned to Fitchburg. Home again, he worked at Aubuchon Hardware and General Electric Co. before being appointed to the Fitchburg Police Department in 1947. Bill served 32½ years as a Patrolman, Sargent, Lieutenant and Captain, retiring in 1980. He then went to work as a supply clerk for the Directorate of Engineering and Housing at Fort Devens. He retired from Fort Devens in 1984. He was an avid golfer, and loved to work in his yard. Bill was a 50-year member of the Aurora Lodge of Masons, a life member of the American Legion, a past President of the Fitchburg Police Relief Association, a member of the Retired State and Municipal Employees Association and a past Treasurer of the Retired Municipal Employees Association. He was a good, humble and generous person. His wife of 29 years Lorraine M. (Rufiange) Kuriger died in 1975. He was predeceased by his sisters Alice Fisher, Evelyn Toko, Anna Maki, and brother Frederick Kuriger. He is survived by his sisters Marge DiPrima and Ruth Luchford, his brother David, his son Bill, daughter-in-law Sigrid, and granddaughters Greta Suiter and Emily Kuriger.

KURIGER -- Burial services will be private.Aubuchon-Moorcroft Funeral Home Fitchburg is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on June 10, 2014
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