ERVING - William ""Bill"" Hackett, 66, a lifelong resident of Erving, died peacefully on Sunday, July 14, 2013 in the comfort of his home with family and friends.
He was born the son of the late Phyllis (Coutu) and John Hackett on Oct. 31, 1946 in Winchendon. Bill was educated locally and graduated from New Salem Academy, Class of 1964.
On Sept. 16, 1967, he exchanged vows with Elizabeth ""Betty"" Canon at the Erving Congregational Church with family and friends in attendance.
Bill retired from the Boston & Maine Railroad in 2000 after 20 years of service as an electrician. He was formerly employed by Hartwin Motors and Sears Roebuck Co. in Greenfieldwith photo. He also worked at Western Mass. Electric as a linesman and Erving Motor Transportation as a loader. Bill ran a Sonoco Station in Erving Center for several years.
Bill had many interests in life. Bill enjoyed being at his barn. He also liked hunting, fishing and camping. Fourth of July would bring an annual cookout for family and friends. He would celebrate his birthday on Halloween with a hayride for children of the neighborhood, as well as his family.
Bill was involved with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorers. He was also a lifetime member of the Erving Fire Department.
Bill Hackett is survived by his wife of 45 years, Betty Hackett of Erving; his children: Timothy Hackett and wife Krisha of Palm Coast, FL, James Hackett and wife Laurie of Erving, Heidi DeBonis and husband Michael of Knob Noster, MO, and Heather Muthig and husband Tod of Mechanicsburg, PA. He also leaves seven grandchildren: Kiersten Hackett, Jenna Hackett, Justin Debonis, Lilyanna Debonis, Cameron Carlo, Matthew Muthig and MaKenzie Muthig and great-grandson, Lucian William Carlo. In addition to a close niece, Christina Anderson and her husband Kevin and their children: Logan and Joel, he is also survived by two sisters Sharon Canon of Northfield, her daughter Cathy and son Kenny, Eleanor Hackett of Maine and her daughters, Liz, Valery, Cathy and son David . He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins and predeceased by his brother, John Hackett Jr.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, July 20, at 11 a.m., in the Congregational Church of Erving, 4 East Main St. Burial will follow in the family lot at Erving Center Cemetery.
All services are under the direction of Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.www.wittyfuneralhome.com