William Waddell

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William Warren Waddell, age 91, died peacefully at home in Montgomery, Texas on July 13, 2014. Bill was born on September 18, 1922 to Percy and Jeanie Barr Waddell in Medford, Massachusetts. He graduated from Arlington High School (Arlington, MA) and was a member of the Norwich University (Northfield, VT) Class of 1944. He served in the US Army during World War II as 1st Lieutenant in the 3rd Cavalry, Reconnaissance Squadron and received a Purple Heart and Silver Star. He married the lovely Naomi McNeil in 1948 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Bill began his engineering career with the regional power and light company that afforded them, and their three children, the opportunity to live in the first all electric house in the area. In 1966, after 11 years as president of New England Lift Slab Company, Bill's career path widened as he was hired to be in charge of all on-site development of the 100 story John Hancock Center in Chicago, Illinois. With the completion of this project Bill and his family returned to the Boston area in 1970 when he became vice-president in charge of building construction and management for John Hancock. In 1974 Bill returned to Chicago to assist with Urban Investment and Development Company's Water Tower Place project; which was followed by a move to Philadelphia in 1979 where he was in charge of a large UIDC urban reconstruction project. His final project, also with UIDC, moved him to Houston, TX in 1983 as regional vice-president in charge of general management and leasing at First City Tower. He and Naomi settled in The Woodlands where, after his retirement in 1987, Bill spent many, many happy hours on the golf course. When he was not on the golf course he enjoyed a life long hobby of working crossword puzzles; an estimated 30,000 since the age of 16! While his career accomplishments were impressive, Bill's real gift was his personality. Always positive, funny, generous and charming, Bill made everyone he met feel welcome and at ease. He brought out the best in all of us. Bill was preceded in death by the love of his life, Naomi and his brother Arthur. He leaves behind his three children: Wendy Parker and husband Bill (Dallas, TX); Lynne Fox and husband Bill (Boquete, Panama) and Jeff Waddell and wife Lisa (Montgomery, TX); grandsons Bryan Parker and wife Jenifer (Dallas, TX) and Jason Parker and wife Molly (Portland, Oregon); two great-grandsons Lennon and Fitz Parker (Dallas, TX) and two grand-dogs Joey and Jesse. Godspeed Big Wad, Whydell, Mr. Wonderful and BSSHND! A private burial will be held at Hanover Center Cemetery in Hanover, Massachusetts. The family requests donations be made to Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation (www.hearttohearthospicefoundation.org)

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Published on yourconroenews.com from July 17 to July 30, 2014
Arrangements under the direction of:
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