William Ralph “Bill” Achorn Sr., 47, passed away while doing what he loved April 29, 2011, at his home in Liberty. He was born July 8, 1963, in Rockland to the late David Achorn and Margaret Fowler.

He was raised in Waldoboro and attended local schools. While in high school, he married his first wife Maureen Reibel, and the couple began a family in Waldoboro. He worked hard his whole life including employment at BIW as a machinist and Crowe Rope. He finally began a career he loved, working for himself specializing in the production of marine supplies, as well as decorative cedar boxes and Christmas wreathes and garlands. Bill enjoyed being his own boss.

He was a family man and loved being around the house. He was a terrific cook and made many delicious meals for family and friends. He also enjoyed having gatherings such as cookouts, Halloween parties, and family over for dinner. His favorite hobby, however, was computer technology. He was very computer savvy and friends and family often took their PCs in for him to fix. But even more so, he loved playing games on them and had co-created with Adam Tyler, The Guild of Might of The Alliance. He was also an inventor and skilled machinist, always trying to make things work easier or more efficiently. He was a true jack-of-all-trades, whether he was doing carpentry, plumbing or electrical, there wasn’t anything he couldn’t handle. He was a proud man and stood by his principles and made sure to instill these character traits in each of his children. He will truly be missed.

He was predeceased by his brother Randall Lind.

He is survived by his loving wife and companion of 17 years, Jeannie Achorn (Bishop) of Liberty; his sons, William “Billy” Achorn Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, of Liberty, PVT-2 Nathaniel Turner of Baumholder, Germany, and Jonathan Achorn and his fiancé Morria Plant of Rockland; his daughters, Malinda Achorn of Waterville, Kendra Vinal and her husband LCpl. Christopher of Jacksonville, N.C., and Stephanie Pierpont and her husband, Shane, of Rockland; his brothers, Gerald Achorn of Waldoboro, Reginald Achorn of Waldoboro, Randall Achorn of Waldoboro and David Achorn Jr. of Rockland; his stepfather, Henry Wellman of Washington; and 12 grandchildren, Courtney, Christian, Zachary, Joshua, Felicity, Candace, Constance, Little Billy, Noah, Alex, Adrian and Shawn-Paul.

A visitation hour will be held Thursday, May 5 from 1 to 2 p.m. followed by a celebration of Bill’s life at 2 p.m. at the Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St. in Waldoboro. The Rev. Robert Wyand will officiate. Burial will follow in the Shuman Cemetery on Route 220 in Waldoboro.

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Arrangements are with Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waldoboro.