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William Francis Hester

WORCESTER - William Francis Hester, 80, of Nashua, N.H., and formerly of Worcester, died Saturday, June 9th, 2018 at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester, N.H.

He is survived by three children, Elizabeth Hester Platt and her husband Simon and their children Andrew, Kate and William, William Hester Jr. and his wife Celia and their children Eric and Jayla and Susan Hester Carrillo and her children Oscar Cristian and Gabriel. He is also survived by his former wife Jane Hester, to whom he was married for 42 years and even post marriage shared many family events.

William or Bill as he was known by most, was a proud graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut.

He started his career in Connecticut, and lived in both Vernon and Harwinton, where he and Jane built a home in the middle of a lovely apple orchard and started the gardening which he did throughout his life. He also spent a number of years in Chatham at the house on Stage Island which he designed and helped build, then moved to Padanaram Village where he spent his retirement years.

Bill was a wonderful engineer and started his career out with Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford Ct. He was passionate about quality control processes in engineering and started his own consulting firm, Hester Associates. He wrote a quality control manual used by many of the firms he worked with.

Bill loved sailing, gardening, running or walking in later years and family events. He had a sailboat called "The Three Angels", a very ironic name referencing his three young children who sometimes were definitely not.

When he and Jane got into gardening he got into it in a big way with almost an acre of organic garden and was well known for growing the biggest hubbard squash for which he won awards at the Harwinton Fair.

Bill loved family get-togethers and was quite happy when everyone could gather for a barbecue or holidays.

There will be a wake on Thursday, June 14th at Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester from 9 to 10:30 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 25 Fales St., Worcester at 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from June 11 to June 12, 2018
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