Born in Lowell, MA., a son of the late William Arthur and Alberta (Choquette) Whitty, he worked in banking his entire life. He began his career at Fleet National Bank and worked for various companies, including Travelers Mortgage, Margaretten, Chase Manhattan, Landmark, and eventually became president of Homestar Mortgage for the last five years. Bill believed in hard work and he achieved whatever he set his mind to. He inspired many to do the same and served as a role model and mentor to all who knew him. He faced life’s challenges head-on and was a charming man who loved to help people reach their goal of home ownership.
Bill enjoyed life to its fullest! He travelled extensively with his family and close friends. He seized every opportunity and turned it into a life experience that was unforgettable. Among the many community organizations that Bill served, he was proud to be the president of the Rhode Island Mortgage Bankers Association, treasurer of Mount Hope Farm, and president of the Bristol Foundation. In addition, he was an avid golfer and member of Montaup Country Club and KofC golf league.
Bill will be remembered by all for his quirky sense of humor, practical jokes, intelligence, work ethic and the love and support he gave to all.
Bill is survived by Renette, his beloved wife of 28 years; his son, William and wife Marita, daughter Stacy and husband Cary, grandchildren Alexander and Shawn, sisters Suzanne Samuels and Margaret Bergstrom and their spouses, numerous nieces and nephews, and friends who will miss him. Bill was preceded in death by brothers Arthur and Robert, and sister Paula.
Arrangements are with Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, where the family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11, from the funeral home, and 11a.m. in St. Michael’s Church, 399 Hope St., Bristol. The Reverend David Lucy will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio St., Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611. See wjsmithfh.com.