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BEVERLY, MA - William Wiseman, age 96, son of Ethel Woodbury and James Wiseman of Beverly, died Friday, January 19, in his home surrounded by family. Born in Beverly Bill was a graduate of Beverly High School. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served until the end of World War II and was discharged a Machinist Mate First Class. He continued his education by attending Northeastern University at night while working as an apprentice machinist at General Electric Corporation in Lynn. He eventually would retire from the aircraft industry having owned his own business, Excel Engineering, also in Beverly.
Bill met his wife, Ruth (Daley) at West Beach in Beverly Farms after the war and they were married in 1947. Early in their marriage the two of them traveled to New Hampshire extensively and eventually bought property and created a vacation home on Silver Lake. He was a talented artist and furniture maker but his true passion was the ocean. He spent summers with his wife, family and friends sailing Salem Sound and places as far from home as Maine and Delaware, and even as crew in the Marion to Bermuda race at the age of 76. Bill was a devote Catholic and member of St. Mary's Star of the Sea parish in Beverly and served the community as a member of St. Vincent de Paul for many years. He was also active in other local charities including the Boy Scouts of America and as a lifelong member of the Jubilee Yacht Club where he created many friends and fond memories.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 70 years; his son, Robert; daughter, Nancy; and a son-in-law, Michael (Kiley); two grandchildren, Will and Charlie; as well as many beloved godchildren, nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert, and sister, Elizabeth.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will take place on Friday, January 26, 2018, at the Murphy Funeral Home, located at 85 Federal St., Salem, MA, from 4 to 8 p.m. A private service will follow Saturday morning for the family and will begin Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the Murphy Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. For more information or online guestbook, please call 978-744-0497 or visit our website at www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.
Published on January 22, 2018
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