ROCKPORT — William L. Peters, 73, passed away peacefully, July 28, 2021, from complications of renal failure at the Sussman House.

Born July 23, 1948, in Pittsburg, Penn., to Gordon and Erma Witherspoon Peters. Bill enjoyed his time growing up with his brother, Doug.

As a young boy, he had the opportunity to spend a few of years in Yugoslavia and Indonesia with his father for work. He loved to tell the story that while his family lived in Indonesia his father contracted polio, and while he was in the hospital, Bill and his brother would skip school for days and go to the zoo, where they once let a water buffalo out of the cage.

Other than his adventures abroad, Bill attended school in Thomaston and North Haven during his younger years until graduating high school from MCI in Pittsfield. From a young age he knew that he wanted to be an engineer, and went on to pursue his goals at Calhoun Engineering School in Baltimore, Md.

After graduating, he sailed on many merchant ships for the next 20 years. Bill was proud of working his way from third engineer to first engineer during his career at sea. After a long stretch away from home, he decided he wanted to be home with his family.

He ended up working at Bath Iron Works and as a caregiver for five years, until his health began to decline. Bill took care of many people and loved every second of it. He was seen by his friends and coworkers as a very personable and caring person. Bill most recently found out that he has a sister named Nancy from tracing his ancestry.

Bill was predeceased by his parents.

Bill is survived by his loving family; wife of 44 years Lynn Peters of Cushing; sons whom he was most proud of, Nicholas and wife Calli of Warren, Ethan and wife Amy of Warren; three grandchildren Alexis Dale and husband Josh of Lexington Ky., Grayson Peters and Lyla Peters of Warren; brother Douglas Peters and wife June of Sebring, Fla.; sister Nancy Holbrook of Georgetown, Mass.; very special mother in-law Freda Smith of North Haven; sister-in-law Janice Hopkins and brother-in-law Roy Smith both of North Haven; sister-in-law Judy Fearing and husband Charlie of Union; as well as many special nieces, nephews and cousins, whom he loved dearly.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 13, at Thomaston Baptist Church, Main Street, Thomaston. The Reverend Wayne Sawyer will officiate. A graveside service will be held on a later date at Fuller Cemetery in North Haven.

To share a memory or story with Bill’s family, visit their online Book of Memories at bchfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, Bill asked that memorial donations be made to the American Kidney Foundation or Pope Memorial Society, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland ME 04841.