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DOVER – William A. Trefethen, 87, of The Garrison Condos, Durham Road., died Sunday, February 3, 2013, at the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, after a brief illness, with his family gathered around him.
Born in Dover, January 5, 1926, the son of Harold and Mary (Harrison) Trefethen, he grew up in Portsmouth and graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1944. He was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
He did his apprenticeship with the Electrical Union and became a Master Electrician and worked for the union and later went to work for the McCallum Co. in Newmarket, starting as an electrician, receiving several promotions, eventually becoming plant manager, and he retired in 1987.
He enjoyed camping as a member of the Good Sam Club, liked to fish and had many skills including carpentry, plumbing and masonry. He and his wife Leah built their own home at one time. He particularly enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an active member of the Dover Senior Center.
He is survived by his wife and best friend of more than 66 years Leah (Kimball) Trefethen, four children: Diane Bradley of Ft. Myers, Fla., David Trefethen of Franklin, Mass., Dean Trefethen and wife Margaret of Dover, and Donna Geno and husband Stephen of Lee, Maine. He is also survived by a sister June Coffey of Portsmouth. He also leaves nine grandchildren: Erik Roberson and wife Heather, Cathi Makos and husband John, William Bradley Jr, Ian Trefethen, Jonathan Trefethen, Robin Prescott and husband Timothy, Daniel Trefethen, Stephanie Eaton and husband Frank, and Michael Geno and wife Jen; six great-grandchildren Liam Roberson, Evan Roberson, Brianna Makos, Colby Makos, Austin Prescott and Meghann and Chad Eaton; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to call Sunday February 10th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. followed by services at 3:00 p.m. at Tasker Funeral Home, 621 Central Ave. Burial will be in the spring in Amesbury, MA. In lieu of flowers please make memorials in his name to the
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Published in Fosters from Feb. 5 to Feb. 13, 2013