William B. “Bill” Porter, 71, of Auburndale, Fla., died Jan. 17, 2010, from natural causes. He was born in Rockland on Feb. 24, 1938, the son of Ruth and William Porter. He attended Rockland schools, and was previously married to Annette Linscott. Together they had five children.

He was employed at the Camden Tannery for over 12 years. He bought Felton’s Market, and then changed the name to Porter’s Market. He owned and operated that store for many years. Later he also bought Nash’s Market. He ran both stores for quite some time.

For the last 20-plus years he has owned and operated a flea market in Auburndale, Fla., and loved every minute of it. Billy enjoyed traveling to many states and most recently visited Hawaii.

He was predeceased by his parents, his mother in 2004 and his father in 1994.

He is survived by his sister, Joan Carlson and her husband, Robert, of Rockland; a brother, Daniel Porter and his wife, Jeni, of Cary, N.C.; a sister, Pat Porter of Owls Head; a sister, Gayle Carpentier and her husband, Robert, of Rockland; and his five children, a son, William Porter of Manchester, N.H., a daughter, Cheryl Howard of Thomaston, a daughter, Kim Gagnon of Manchester, N.H., a daughter, Victoria Rytky and her husband, Sulo, of Warren, and a son, Chris Porter and his wife, Jen, of Rockland.

He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Rebecca Howard of Camden, Gregory Porter of Manchester, N.H., Cassandra Mitchell of Rockport, Eric Rytky of California, Julia Curtis of South Thomaston, Danielle Gagnon of Manchester, N.H., and Addison Porter of Rockland; and two great-grandchildren, Noah LaChance of Camden and Jayden Rosen of Merrimack, N.H.

A celebration of his life will be held in the spring.