West Hartford, VT — William W. Walima, 75, of West Hartford, Vt., formerly of Rockport, Mass., passed away on August 31, 2013.
Born on October 9, 1937, he was the son of late William and Hilda (Mattson) Walima.
Bill began school in Rockport, then graduated from Beverly Trade School as a machinist.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1959 as an accomplished trumpet player for the elite 730th Air Force Band. The band performed for many dignitaries and special ceremonies.
He was a part-time Rockport Police Officer during the '60s and '70s, and along with his patrol duties, he assisted in the training of new officers.
Bill worked for the United Shoe Company in Beverly for many years in their R&D Shop, where he was a toolmaker and a production coordinator.
He worked as an R&D Machinist for the start-up company Extrion, that later became Varian/Extrion, and is now Applied Semiconductor. After leaving Extrion, he continued his relationship with the business in his own venture.
Bill was the president and co-owner of Turner & Walima Mfg. Co. of Essex, Mass., where they provided many hi-tech companies throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire with their prototype and production machining, until his retirement.
He became involved with the Masons Ashler Lodge in Rockport early on in life, and in 1972 he became Master of the Lodge. Bill continued his dedication to Masonry as he worked his way up through the various organizations, which included the Shriners Aleppo Lodge in Wilmington, Mass. He was currently a member of “The Royal order of Jesters 103." He was also a life Member of the Elks 892 Gloucester, Mass.
Growing up in Rockport, he naturally was drawn to the woods and ocean. He and his close friend, John Fields, took full advantage of what the outdoors and ocean provided in their youth.
He excelled in learning the trumpet and soon was a major part of “The Star Lighters” Stage Band that played for many school and other events. His musicianship continued in the Air Force, and after his service, he played with the Rockport Legion Band where he played trumpet and filled in as conductor. In the '70s and '80s, he was part of the band “The Shipmates,” playing many venues and weddings throughout the Northshore. He also played with the Aleppo Lodge Shrine Band traveling around the country.
Bill continued to enjoy the outdoors, boating and fishing, traveling extensively. He loved to entertain at his spacious home in the hills of West Hartford, aka “Flat Lander Ridge.”
He is survived by his two sons, Stephen W. Walima and his wife, Kelly, Charles M. Walima and his daughters, Alexis, Ashley and Annika; and his loving companion, Waltraud “Val” Kielly, and her daughter, Michelle and Michael Briggs, and their children, Sara, Jonathan and Paul of Ovilla, Texas, and son, Dennis and Kathy Partridge and their children, Kristen, Blake and Megan of Columbus, Ga.; his sister, Marie H. Walima; and his former wife, Ann Walima.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, on September 5, from 12 to 3 p.m.
A celebration of life will be held at the Gloucester Elks Lodge on Sept. 5, starting at 4 p.m.
His burial will be held privately.
Contributions may be made in his name to the Shriners Aleppo Lodge, 32 Church Street, Wilmington, MA 01887.
To offer condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.