William T. Bystrom, 92, of Chatham, MA, died peacefully surrounded by family on April 11, 2013. He was born on April 10, 1921, in Brockton, MA, and was also raised there. He was a member of the Covenant Congregational Church in Brockton and North Easton, MA. He loved boating, dancing and playing musical instruments. He was a certified gemologist, diamond expert and watch-maker, and co- owner of Tafts Jewelry Store in Brockton, MA. He was a member of the Elks, Masons and the VFW. He served during WWII in the United States Army Air Force as an instructor in the technical schools in Denver, CO, and also as a trouble-shooter and inspector at many of the air bases in the United States, before going overseas in 1944. There he worked, while being on detached service, with the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in England. He worked at most of the Flying Fortress B-17 bomber bases as well as with the RAF at their base in Blackpool. He also served in Italy and Africa. He participated in the following actions: the North Appennines, North France, Rhineland, Air Offensive Europe, Air Combat Balkans and Western Europe during 1944-45. He was married to Mary Lee Doerr, of Cass City, MI, for 45 years, and is survived by: three children, William P. Bystrom, of Chatham, MA, David E. Bystrom, of Salem, MA, and Kay E. Figueredo, of Douthan, AL; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; his brother John Bystrom of Stuart, FL; and many nieces and nephews. A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, May 3, 2013 at Melrose Cemetery, 88 North Pearl St., Brockton, MA. Arrangements are by Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home 647 Main St., Brockton (508) 586-4391
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Published in The Cape Codder from Apr. 25 to May 2, 2013