Captain William E. Fearing, US Army (Ret.), 96, died Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at UMass Medical Center in Worcester after being stricken ill. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Marion E. (Sheridan) Fearing, who died in 2010. He is survived by his daughter, Maureen E. Hardy of Lancaster; three sons, William E. Fearing, Jr., partner of the late Christopher Prentice, of Indio, CA; John J. Fearing, Col. US Army National Guard (Ret.), and his wife Nancy of Flemington, NJ; Thomas M. Fearing and his wife Audrey of Marlborough. He leaves a sister, Eleanor Garceau of Hudson; four loving grandchildren, Charles D. Hardy, Jason P. Fearing, Alexa N. and Taylor M. Fearing; numerous nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by three siblings, Annette Millman, Frank and Raymond Fearing. Bill was born in Hudson to the late Arthur and Clara (Collette) Fearing. He attended local schools and graduated from the Hudson High School Class of 1935. A lifelong adventurer, he served as a cook and heavy machine operator in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in various locations in Vermont, Colorado, and Wyoming. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1940 and began a prestigious thirty-year career of dedicated military service with the distinction of serving in WWII, the Korean Conflict, and Vietnam. Captain Fearing retired as a decorated war veteran with numerous commendations, citations, and ribbons awarded as a testament to his patriotic devotion to country. After having raised their family on assignments in Germany, Japan, and throughout the United States, Bill and his wife Marion happily settled in Lancaster, where Bill drove school buses and was known to generations of school children as Tony, a nickname he truly cherished. Bill enjoyed hunting with his lifelong friend Chet Lively, cooking the holiday meals, and word puzzles of all kinds. He especially enjoyed spending time with friends and bragging about his four grandchildren who were the apples of his eye. Bill was always quick to lend a hand to help a friend (or soon-to-be friend) whenever they were in need. He continued to exhibit this selflessness at Whitney Place in Northborough, where he was also proud to be crowned the 2012 Poker Champion. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. Funeral services are to be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 from the Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water St., Clinton, with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11:30AM in St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St., Clinton. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, Lancaster. Calling hours will be held in the funeral home on Saturday morning prior to Mass from 10 until 11AM. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of William E. Fearing to: Massachusetts Veterans, Inc., 69 Grove St., Worcester, MA 01605. Online condolences may be placed at www.philbincomeaufh.com
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Published in MetroWest Daily News on Jan. 30, 2013