OWLS HEAD – William D. ‘Bill’ Stinson Sr., 78, died peacefully at home with his beloved wife and daughter by his side.

Born in Stonington, Aug. 8, 1943, he was the son of Norman and Gladys Smith Stinson. Bill lived his whole life in Owls Head and attended Rockland District High School. While in high school, Bill played on the basketball team where he excelled and was a star player.

Following graduation, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the USS Providence. Returning home, Bill married the love of his life, Mary Myrick in 1972.

Throughout his life, Bill worked tirelessly to provide for his family so that his wife could stay at home and raise their two beautiful children.

He had a love of the ocean, and worked for many years, fishing for FJ O’Hara’s aboard the vessel captain by his father, Norman Stinson.  When not out on the water, he worked for a lobster buying business, a bait business and as a night watchman.

He loved being outdoors, whether it was hunting or participating in dog trials. For over 20 years, he looked forward to a hunting trip in Pennsylvania with his brother-in-law Hank Balsley.

He was an avid New England sports fan, and never missed a Patriots, Red Sox or Celtics game.

Bill was the center of his family who had a heart of gold, a great sense of humor and was once voted ‘Best Uncle’ by his niece and nephews.  Spending time with family during the holidays were some of his favorite moments.

He will be sadly missed by all who loved him.

Predeceased by his son, Billy Stinson Jr.; sister Sandra Boyle; two nephews Norman and Joe Boyle; and his parents.

Bill is survived by his wife, Mary Stinson; daughter Kristin Stinson; granddaughter who he cherished, McKenna Stinson, all of Owls Head; sister Sally Balsley and her husband Hank of Union; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19, at Ocean View Cemetery, Route 73, South Thomaston. The Rev. Kenneth Dale will officiate. All are invited to a reception immediately following at the Owls Head Community Building, 224 Ash Point Drive, Owls Head.

To share a memory or condolence with the Stinson family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.