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William (Bill) Symonds passed away peacefully on January 19, 2017, at Webster at Rye in Rye, N.H., at the age of 93.

Bill was born in Marblehead, January 7, 1924, and lived most of his life in Hamilton, Mass., with his late wife, Ann. He was an avid tennis player and enjoyed woodworking, building much of his own home, as well as many pieces of fine furniture, which he shared with his family and friends.

Bill graduated from Exeter Academy and MIT. He owned and managed New England Trawler Equipment Company, which he inherited from his father. At New England Trawler, he designed and built state of the art marine deck equipment for the fishing and petroleum transport industries and the Navy.

Bill served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946, stationed in the Azores Islands as a weather observer. On his return, he completed work on his Engineering degree at MIT, graduating in 1949. In 1952, he went to work for his father, Ralph, at New England Trawler, where he worked until he sold the company in 1991.

Bill and Ann Grimm Symonds were married in 1955, and they settled in Hamilton. Bill was predeceased by his father, Ralph F. Symonds; his mother, Barbara Walker Symonds; his wife, Ann; his sister, Barbara Symonds Day; his brother, Curtis Walker Symonds and his son, Michael Symonds. He leaves a daughter, Jean Ellen Holbrook; a daughter-in-law, Rosemary Symonds; and four grandchildren, Rebecca, Rachel, Bradley and Robin. He is also survived by a niece, Jill Litrocapes and a nephew, Robert Day.
Interment will be at Waterside Cemetery in Marblehead, Mass., at a date to be announced later. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, can be sent to the Rannie Webster Foundation, 795 Washington Rd., Rye, NH 03870 in gratitude for the loving care he enjoyed from the staff of Webster at Rye. Visit www.jvwoodfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest book. The J. Verne Wood Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.
Published on  January 25, 2017
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