EASTHAMPTON - William A. "Bill", "Uncle Bull", Cater, Jr., 87, of Easthampton, died peacefully Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, surrounded by his loved ones.
Bill was born in North Providence, R.I., in 1926, to parents Constance and William. After Moving to Easthampton, he met his wife Dorothy Molitoris.
Bill, a World War II veteran, served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer and was stationed in the Philippines. Upon his return, he graduated from Vaughn Barber School and Roffler Hair Styling Academy, both of Hartford, Conn. He opened Razor's Edge Barber Shop in Easthampton in 1950, where he served his customers and friends well until he retired in 1987.
Bill was a proud, longtime member of the American Legion Dalton LaVallee Post 224 and served as Legion Photographer, preserving memories of the town and it's people that he loved. A devoted Lutheran, Bill loved his church community and attended church faithfully, serving in many church positions. Bill was also a longtime member of the Easthampton Chamber of Commerce and served as Chamber president for five years. He could be seen year after year putting up town Christmas decorations, smiling, whistling and talking to everyone he passed.
An avid sports enthusiast, Bill could often times be found on the golf course and/or tuning in to the Red Sox, Celtics, or Patriots.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Dorothy, his younger brother Robert, and many loving nieces and nephews and great-nephews.
Family and friends may call Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park St., Easthampton. A calling hour is followed by a funeral service at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 34 Jarvis Avenue, Holyoke, at 11 a.m. with military honors. Burial will be at the family's convenience.
In lieu of flowers, donation in Bill's memory may be sent to St. Peter's Lutheran Church.
"Good, better, best. Never let it rest, until your good is better, and your better, is best" Bill Cater lived his life fulfilling this favorite motto of his. He strove to do his best and succeeded as a husband, son, brother, uncle, soldier, friend, and barber. He will be so greatly missed, but for all who proudly knew him, we know that his kindnesses, life lessons and yes, his jokes and sense of humor, will continue to live on with us forever.
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Mitchell Funeral Home
15 Park Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Feb. 12, 2014