, Gloucester, MA

February 7, 2013

William D. "Bill" Jewell, 68

Gloucester — William D. “Bill” Jewell, 68, died early Tuesday morning, February 5, 2013 at the Addison Gilbert Hospital, following an extended illness. He was the husband of Marjorie (Purdy) Jewell.

Born in Portsmouth, N.H. on February 3, 1945, he was the son of the late, Ronald S. and Grace G. (Trenholm) Jewell. He had been a resident of Gloucester since 1948 and was a graduate of Gloucester High School class of 1965.

Bill was a machinist and truly loved his work. He was first employed by Standley Brothers in Beverly. He ultimately became a foreman at Gloucester Engineering, where he worked for over forty years until taken ill. He enjoyed building hotrods, boating and fishing. Spending time in and on the water at Goose Cove was a favorite pastime of his. Bill also enjoyed coaching C.A. Youth Hockey for many years and spending time at their camp in Gardner, Maine.

Having been foster parents to well over fifty children, he and Marge changed the lives of many.

In addition to his wife of forty-six years, he is survived by his sons, David, husband of Erin (Maki) Jewell, Michael, husband of Elizabeth (Noble) Jewell, Christopher Jewell, Jeremy, husband of Cassandra (Valencia) Jewell, Zachari Jewell; a daughter, Nicole Jewell; six grandchildren, Wyatt, Madison, Colby, Keagan, Mya and MaKenzie Jewell; his extended family, Penny Sperry, Johanna Fulford, Elizabeth Crowley and Joseph Richard and their families; his sister, Lucy (Jewell) Carnes; his mother-in-law, Winifred Purdy; his sister-in-law, Kathy Purdy; four nieces and a nephew. He was also predeceased by his son, Jose O. “Joe” Odum; his father-in-law, Fred D. Purdy; and brother-in-law, Fred D. Purdy, Jr.

ARRANGEMENTS: In keeping with his wishes, services will be held privately. There are no visiting hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the Pike-Grondin Funeral Home, 61 Middle Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit