CONCORD - On Thursday, Dec. 20, William "Bill" Rice, 63, of Canterbury died after a prolonged bout with cancer. Bill was born in Yonkers, N.Y., on Jan. 26, 1949, the only child of William and Edna Rice. His family moved to Clearwater, Fla., and he graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa with a bachelor's of science in chemistry.
Bill fell in love with New England while receiving his master's in chemistry from the University of New Hampshire in 1974. Bill met his future wife, Kathy, in 1977 in Durham. They married in 1978. After living and working as a quality control organic chemist for two years in New Martinsville, W. Va., Bill and Kathy moved to Canterbury in 1981, where the family still resides.
Bill worked at the state Department of Environmental Services for 10 years. After working for two years as an organic chemist, he was promoted to the lab director after two years. In 1988, Bill and Kathy started their environmental laboratory testing business, Aquarian Analytical, Inc. in Canterbury, which is still in operation.
One of his passions was becoming a private pilot. He loved giving plane rides for friends, family and clients. Aerial photography became another important hobby. His other passions were computer programming, electronics, snowmobiling and boating with friends and family.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 34 years, Kathy, and his three children, William, Robert and Virginia, all of Canterbury.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28 at Bennett Funeral Home, 209 North Main Street, Concord.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 29 at noon at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 180 Loudon Road, Concord.
SERVICES: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's memory to the
, Memorial Giving Program, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, N.H. 03110 or the RobinHoodFoundation.org
, which is currently assisting the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements.
Messages of condolences may be offered at www.bennettfuneral.com