William E. Townsend Jr., of Hull died March 24, 2014. He was 94. William was born Oct. 13, 1919, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to parents William E. and Theresa Ready Townsend, who had relocated to that city after the devastating explosion of 1917, in order to participate in the rebuilding effort. Bill graduated from Sumner High School, Holbrook, in 1938, and was married to the late Eleanor Borgeson Townsend of Stoughton. He served in the United States Navy
during World War II
in the Pacific Theater, on the USS Yorktown, Saratoga and Wasp at the rank of Aviation Chief Ordinanceman. He was the father of William E. Townsend III and his wife Geraldine Shea Townsend of Naples, Fla., Paul R. Townsend and his wife Francine Fazio Townsend and David E. Townsend and wife Kacie Nickerson Townsend all of Hull. He was a very proud grandfather of eight grandchildren, Christopher, Gregory, Heather, Frank, Tracey, Kevin, John and Katie; seventeen great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandson. Following his military service, Bill contributed to the construction of landmark projects throughout the United States, including the Prudential Center, the Shawmut Bank building, the Bank of Boston building, the Washington, D.C. Metro and the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Maryland. After retirement, he became a popular figure in several Hull businesses, for years the famed lollipop man at Riddles, and later at Nantasket Hardware and Nantasket Pharmacy. He also was a longtime coach of youth baseball leagues and womans softball. He will be missed by the generations of Hull residents whose lives he impacted. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours Friday 5-8 p.m. in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St. (off Central St.), Hingham. A celebration of life service will be held in the funeral home Saturday prior to the funeral Mass in St. Marys Parish in St. Anns Church, Hull, at 12 p.m. Burial in Hull Village Cemetery, Hull. Donations in Bills memory may be made to the Sunset Point Camp, Catholic Charities South, 169 Court St., Brockton, MA 02302. See www.Keohane.com
or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.