William F. Conley, 91, Bristol


William F. Conley, age 91 of 52 Ridge Road, Bristol, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at Rhode Island Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

He was the husband of Patricia A. (Black) Conley, his wife of 64 years.

Born in Bristol and a lifelong resident, he was a son of the late James E. and Rose (Brown) Conley.

He was a watch engineer for the Narragansett Electric Company in Providence for 40 years, retiring a number of years ago. He was a Ccorporal in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater, participating in battles in Northern Solomons at Bougainville, Guam, Marianas Islands and Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands.

He was a communicant of St. Mary's Church and a life member of the Bristol County Lodge of Elks, the American Legion, and the Bristol Highland Beach Association.

An avid sportsman, he loved spending time hunting and fishing at his camp in Maine for many years.

Bill had a great love of history, he had a remarkable memory for details and loved to share his knowledge of growing up in Bristol, and his experiences in the marines in the Pacific during World War II and the outdoors.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, William F. Conley, Jr. and his wife, Anna, Thomas M. Conley, all of Bristol, Jayne E. Jamiel and her husband Francis of Warren and Patricia A. Lamb of Kennebunk, Maine; and seven grandchildren, Rebecca J. Harden, Michaella F. Dziedzic, Elizabeth F., Alexandra F and Victoria F. Jamiel, Robert J. and Catherine M. Conley.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James E. Conley, Jr, and seven sisters, Rose, Helen and Mary Conley, Dorothy Nissen, Elizabeth Dodge, Nellie Gray, and Esther Carlage.

His funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at the Sansone Funeral Home, 192 Wood St., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Mary's Church, 330 Wood St. Burial with full military honors will be in the North Burial Ground on Hope Street.

Visiting hours will be form 4 - 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O.Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

For online condolences, shared memories, information and directions go to www.sansonefuneralhome.com.


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