William R. Flower, age 89, passed away in his Walpole, Massachusetts home on Saturday, May 9th, 2020. Born in his family's High Plain Street home in Walpole on June 10th, 1930, he was the son of the late James and Mary (McDevitt) Flower. He was raised in Walpole and attended Walpole High School. While in high school, Bill began his career with the Walpole Woodworkers, taking a part-time position. Following his graduation in 1948, Bill's job at the woodworkers became full time, until he enlisted in the United States Army in 1952. Bill proudly and honorably served his country during the Korean War and was stationed on the front lines in Korea with the 45th Infantry Division. For his meritorious achievement in ground operations against the enemy, Bill was awarded Bronze Star. Bill was honorably discharged in November of 1953, after earning the rank of Sergeant.
Upon Bill's discharge from the Army, he returned to his position with the Walpole Woodworkers, alongside his best friend, John Lippolis. In the 1970's Bill left the Woodworkers, opening his own fencing company with a friend, Jeff Broderick. He retired from Rolridge Fencing in Walpole, Massachusetts, however, as a man who enjoyed keeping busy, Bill took a retirement job with his nephew Barry, working at New Pond Village in Walpole.
As a skilled craftsman and an avid boater, Bill and his friend John spent countless hours building their own boat that they enjoyed taking out on the weekends for fishing trips. Later, Bill enjoyed spending time aboard his own boat, that was moored in Hewitt's Cove in Hingham. In addition to spending time on the water, Bill and John loved traveling to North Conway, New Hampshire, always staying at the School House Inn.
Devoted son of the late James and Mary (McDevitt) Flower.
Brother of the late James Flower, the late Phyllis Marchand, and the late Francis Flower.
Devoted uncle of Norman Marchand of Walpole, Patricia Johnson of Walpole, the late Barry Marchand, and the late Cynthia Goddard.
He is also survived by his eleven great nieces and nephews.
As a result of the ongoing health crisis in the world and our community and with genuine concern for the well-being of all involved, Bill’s family has decided that his funeral services will be private. Interment will take place in Saint Francis Cemetery in Walpole. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The VA Boston Healthcare System, ATTN: Voluntary Service (135), 1400 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132. Arrangements by James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, Walpole.