William F. Doyle Jr., 85

 

RAYMOND — William F. Doyle Jr., 85, of Raymond, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016, at the Maine Veterans Home in South Paris, surrounded by his loving family. They spent his last day with him, sharing tales of adventures with Billy.

Bill was born on April 10, 1931, to William F. Doyle Sr. and Margaret E. Doyle (Gavett) of South Portland. He was their only child.

Bill spent most of his life serving others. He spent 26 total years in service to his country, including stints in the Navy, Coast Guard and Army Reserves. While he spent much time at sea and was a square knot sailor, he always wanted to get home to be with his family. He retired from the Coast Guard as Chief Warrant Officer III in 1974. Once retired, he continued to serve his community of Raymond, as an ambulance attendant, member of the fire police, member of the Lions Club (once winning Lion of the Year) and an active member of the Raymond Village Community Church. He also worked in maintenance at the Osteopathic Hospital in Portland. Perhaps most significantly, he served his family. Bill was a warm and loving father. Later, he served as grandfather, a role in which he excelled. Billy was a fishing guide for young people, spending countless hours detangling tackle. He was a wheelbarrow ride chauffer, provider of too much ice cream, golf etiquette instructor, and player of games. He was not graceful in victory or defeat, but was always eager to play. He was a good friend and companion, and taught us how a man should treat children.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60-plus years, E. Louise Doyle (Fries); his sons, Paul Doyle of Raymond, and Mark Doyle of Lyman; his daughters Penny Thompson of Raymond and Karen Bartholomay, also of Raymond; 11 grandchildren; as well as nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at Hall Funeral Home, 165 Quaker Ridge Road, Casco. Online condolences may be left for the family at: hallfunerahome.net

Instead of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to the Raymond Village Community Church, 27 Main Street, Raymond, ME 04071, or Maine Veterans Home, 477 High Street, South Paris, ME 04281. Both of these places provided him with loving support.

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