William H. Zirkel, formerly of Sudbury, Mass. (27 year resident) and St. Augustine Fla., passed away peacefully and surrounded by family at the age of 79 on January 13, 2011 at the Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehab Home. He leaves his beloved wife of 48 years, Nancy C. (Garvin) Zirkel, his daughters Kristin E. Zirkel of Clinton and Heidi A. (Zirkel) Hamparian and her husband Nicholas L. Hamparian and his loving grandchildren Garrett, Hayley, and Brooke of Hudson. Predeceasing him in death was his father Elmer C. Zirkel, his mother Josephine (Kelley) Zirkel of Winchester, his twin brother, Robert and his sister Shirley Zirkel. He also leaves two brothers, Elmer C. Zirkel III of Palos Verdes, CAalif. and John Zirkel of Honor, Mich. as well as his sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces. Bill was born and raised in Winchester, graduated from Winchester High School (1949) and Boston College with a BSBA degree in 1953 and was on the Golf Team. He was in the Army Security Agency (Korean War) from 1953 | 1956. He joined the Atlantic-Lumber Harwood Co. (later merging with the Kimberly Clark Corp.) for 17 years. Bill later transitioned into the Real Estate business in Lincoln until his retirement in 1993. He and his wife, Nancy, retired to St. Augustine Fla., were members of the Marsh-Creek Country Club where Bill thoroughly enjoyed the ocean, golf and travel. In 2001 he returned to Massachusetts for a liver transplant at Mass General Hospital and was gifted with nine more years of life. He and his family are forever grateful to all his doctors and their staff for their years of care and support; and most recently, to the amazing staff at the Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehab Facility. Bill was an ardent golfer for many years, starting as a Caddy at the Winchester Country Club and continuing for many years. He also enjoyed hiking, skiing, much travel, classical music and his family. He was known for his incredible sense of humor and his outgoing personality. Burial will be private at Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline in the Spring. There will be a Memorial visitation Saturday, Jan. 22, from 2-3:30 p.m. with a closing prayer service at 3:30 at the Duckett-J.S.Waterman & Sons Home of Memorial Visitation, 656 Boston Post Rd., Rt. 20, Sudbury. Donations may be made in his memory to the Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Unit at https://give.massgeral.org
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Published by The Times & Courier - Clinton from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22, 2011.