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William F Drew, 94, of Peabody, died peacefully on Monday morning at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers following a brief illness. He was the devoted husband of the late Phyllis M. (Hooper) Drew.
Born in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of the late Harry and Lillian (Primeau) Drew. He was raised and educated in Lynn and has spent the last 66 years living in Peabody.
Bill was a veteran of World War II who served with the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1945.
Following his service in the military, Bill spent the next 30 years working for various companies, including GTE Sylvania on Loring Ave in Salem, Avco in Wilmington, and for Districtgas in Everett.

In his retirement years, he enjoyed traveling with his wife bird watching and volunteering at Parker River Wild Life Refuge at Plum Island, he also enjoyed visits with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and maintaining his home.
He is survived by his son, David W and his wife, Karen Drew of Beverly, his daughter, Deborah “Debbie” Shanahan and her husband Richard of Rowley; her two brothers, George Drew of Lynn and Harry Drew of Beverly, his beloved three grandchildren, Richard and his wife, Amy Shanahan, Erin and her husband, David Volkmann, and Allison and her husband, Kris Hardenbrook; his six great-grandchildren, Beverly Shanahan, Paige Volkmann, Rose Shanahan, Zoey Yi Hardenbrook, Lilah Volkmann, and Elliot Hardenbrook and is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Ray, Paul, and Rita Drew.
His funeral will be held on Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody to which relatives and friends are kindly invited attend. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Burial services will be private. Expressions of sympathy can be made in his name to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923. For directions and online obituary, visit www.ccbfuneral.com.
Published on  March 31, 2017
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