William J. Foster, 78

RAYMOND — William “Bill” (Uncle B) J. Foster, 78, of Raymond, died on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at a Portland hospital.

He was born in Lawrence, Mass., on Aug. 14, 1934, the son of John and Anna Sutkus Foster. Bill was a graduate of Winthrop Mass. High School. He then enlisted and served four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Bill worked as a draftsman for Arthur D. Little in Arlington, Mass. He then worked as a civil engineer for the Army Corp. of Engineers from which he retired. His duties took him to countries such as Saudi Arabia, Israel, Japan, Panama and the state of Mississippi.

Bill was a Fourth Degree member of the Lake Region Assembly Knights of Columbus Council 3215, former district deputy, past Grand Knight Council 10020, and current treasurer of that council and purser of assembly 3215.

Bill was a Eucharistic minister and usher at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, where he was also a daily communicant and previous sexton. He was active in prison ministry, and was an avid hunter, fisherman, coin collector and gardener. He loved trains.

Bill was predeceased by his parents; and a sister, Mary Winter.

Survivors include his sister, Betty French; six nephews and nieces; and 13 great-nephews and nieces; and three cousins.

Visiting hours were held on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Dolby Funeral Chapel, 434 River Road, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 919 Roosevelt Trail, Windham. Burial will be on Friday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m., at the Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 83 Stanley Road, Springvale.

Online condolences may be sent to www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to: American Lung Association, 122 State St., Augusta, ME 04330.

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