ATHOL - A service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for William J. McIntosh, 84, was held Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at the Athol Congregational Church with the Rev. Dr. Beverly Prestwood-Taylor, pastor, officiating.
The organist was Adam Bergeron and memories were shared by Tony McIntosh, Stormi and Elli Knight, Bill's grandchildren and Rev. Harold Lloyd Jr., former pastor.
Burial followed at Highland Cemetery, and a reception was held in fellowship hall at the church.
Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol, directed arrangements.
ATHOL - William J. McIntosh, 84, died Sunday, June 1, 2014, at the Athol Hospital, one day short of his 85th birthday.
He was born June 2, 1929, in Athol, the first child of the late Adelbert W. and Hazel (Rich) McIntosh. Known to his friends and family as Bill, he grew up in Athol and graduated from Athol High School in 1947. On Dec. 26, 1953, he married Marilyn (Perry) McIntosh. He is the father of Judith A. McIntosh and Sandra M. Knight, both of Athol.
Bill served in the United States Army Security Agency Signal Corp. during the Korean War. Bill owned the Colonial Gas Service of Athol with his business partner, Edward Larry. After selling the business, he worked for Bentley Gas Service of Barre and Incentive Community Enterprises. He retired in May of 1992 and enjoyed the last years of his life with his wife and family.
His passions included spending time with his family and doing community service. He belonged to the North Quabbin Lodge A.F. & A.M. and was a 32nd degree Mason. He also was a member of the American Legion Post 102, and the Athol Congregational Church for over 70 years and serving on the Board of Trustees. Bill had a terrific sense of humor and made friends all over town; he will be missed by his family, friends and community.
Besides his wife and daughters he leaves three grandchildren, Anthony J. McIntosh and his wife Tina of Athol, Stormi H. Knight of Somerville and Ellie M. Knight of Carlsbad, Calif.; three great-grandchildren, Abbigayle Perry McIntosh, Alexander Stephen McIntosh and Brent William Haskins; a sister, Marilyn L. Farnum; a niece, Janice Farnum and nephews, Dean F. Farnum and David R. Farnum; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor and remember Bill's life at the Athol Congregational Church, 1225 Chestnut St., Athol, on Wednesday, June 4, at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Dr. Beverly Prestwood-Taylor, pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery and calling hours will be held Tuesday, June 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol.
The family requests no flowers or other donations. Rather he asks, "Don't weep for me, don't be sad. I had a long and happy life." In memory of William please take the time to tell someone how much they are loved. For further information or to share a memory with the family go to www.higginsoconnorfuneralhome.com.