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ROWLEY: William (James) Hale, 89, passed peacefully at the Port Health Care Center in Newburyport on March 14, 2016. For the past few years, he lived happily at The Newbury Village. Born to Frank TC and Virginia Hale, at the Rowley homestead, on June 1, 1926, he and his loving wife of 63 years, Shirlie L. Hale (Houston), continued to live in Rowley at 103 Glen Street.

Bill was predeceased by his wife, best friend, and love, Shirlie L. Hale; and brother, Frank Hale, Jr. He leaves behind, William H. and Debra Hale of Newburyport and Deborah Duclous of Claremont, N.H. Grandchildren and their spouses include, Kelley Dwyer, Scott and April Dwyer, Christopher and Christina Hale, Kevin and Jennilee Hale, Rebecca and Matthew Cook and Edward and Vi Duclous. Bill’s love of life will live on in his nine great-grandchildren, Graciela, Colette, Mateo and Adrian Hale, Coltin Lee Hale, Gavin, Chloe, and Gracey Dwyer and Liam Cook.

Bill graduated from the Governor’s Academy, attended Colby College, and enlisted in the Navy (WWII), where he received the Purple Heart Medal for valour with the seventh fleet, Southwest Pacific (1944). He dedicated his time to his family, his home and enjoying life. He enjoyed golf, skiing, camping, hiking the White Mountains, and walking along the Hampton Beach shoreline and the Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine.

By his request, a private family memorial service will be held at the Byfield Parish Cemetery in June. The family extends their love and gratitude to all for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Memorable donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Post Office Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.
Published on  April 4, 2016
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