William Joseph Conley - age: 83
(July 01, 1935 to May 25, 2019
South Portland, Maine
Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, 13 Portland Road, Buxton has been entrusted with his arrangements.
We, his family, give special thanks to the team of caring medical staff at Maine Medical Center's E.R., along with the amazing tenderness and respect that those at the Gosnell House poured out on our precious father.
William Joseph Conley, 83, of South Portland, Maine, passed on to be with his Lord on Saturday, May 25th, with his family by his side. Bill was born July 1, 1935 to James Edward Conley and Antoinette Marie Jane Derochers.
He attended Cheverus High, enjoyed playing on the baseball team as a center fielder and moved on to be a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox. Bill graduated from Cheverus High and afterward proudly served his country in the Army. He then married Carolyn Frances Black, the love of his life, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage.
He was a rare combination of one who had a love of life and a firm understanding of what was important - the simplicity of living each day loving and caring for his family. Husband, best friend, father, grandfather, great-grand father, brother, uncle, son and mentor; so much to so many.
Bill worked for the A&P Bakery for several years moving on to a career with the phone company as a well-respected special services technician for 36 years.
After retirement, he became a master gardener. The statement of Bill and Carolyn's garden refuge was beyond striking - moving many to an awe of creation, artwork and thoughts of Heaven itself.
At the end of each day he enjoyed his wife's spectacular cooking and watching old westerns.
Bill will forever be cherished, rooted in the life of each loved one as a humble life-long learner and encourager. He taught those near to him that any life goal worth having is worth fighting for.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn and their six children, Stacey, Sandy, Lynn, Bill, Catherine, and Jennifer, 19 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a brother James (Jim) Conley.
Bill is a living testament of honor, loyalty, and love. In the strength of Christ, he truly lived for the benefit of others.