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Bill grew up and lived for years on Cape Jellison in Stockton Springs, where he was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and lobstering. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II .During that time he was stationed in Huntsville, Texas. It was there that he was a military police and cook at the German prisoner of war camp. Bill worked at many different trades until settling into a 29-year career at St. Regis/Champion Paper Co. He was a great provider for his family, sometimes working two or three jobs. Bill was a stone cutter and cut the first corner stone for Colby College. On Jan. 10, 1977, he married the love of his life, Leola Drake, and together they enjoyed retirement, traveling to Nova Scotia many times and wintering in St. Petersburg, Fla., for 22 years. After Leola's death Bill lived at home alone in North Belgrade until his recent hospitalization. He enjoyed cooking, playing cards and reminiscing with family and friends about days gone by. Bill was a faithful feacon of North Belgrade Baptist Church. Bill was particularly proud that during 2012 he had read his Bible in its entirety. He enjoyed singing hymns and Christian fellowship. He was a member of Pownel Lodge of Masons, Stockton Springs, and a member of Anna Shrine, Bangor. Bill was associated with the Oakland Senior Citizens, where he immensely enjoyed being an adoptive grandparent to two special youngsters.
In addition to his parents and wife, Bill was predeceased by three brothers; a stepson, John Tracy Sr.; and grandchildren, Shawna Jean and Terri- Lynn Gilbert, John Tracy Jr. and Emery Barrows. Bill is survived by his children, Eugene Pomeroy and Betty of Howland, Sharon Blais and Denis of East Greenbush, N.Y., and Patricia Gilbert and Kenny of Orrington; stepdaughters, Jeanette Grevois and Gerald and Gloria Gilbert and Bob of North Belgrade; a brother, Joseph Pomeroy of Stockton Springs; a sister, Shirley Robbins of Stockton Springs; 20 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Rosalind Waldron and the staff in the CCU at Maine General at Thayer.
Friends are invited to visit 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. at Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Oakland. A celebration of Bill's life will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at North Belgrade Baptist Church, Route 11, Belgrade. Fellowship will be afterward at North Belgrade Community Center, Route 8. Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, Belgrade, in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Belgrade Baptist Church or Oakland Senior Citizens Adoptive Grandparent Program.
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