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William Sewall Tibbetts Sr.February 25, 1933 ~ September 27, 2017 (age 84)
William (Bill) Sewall Tibbetts Sr. born in Gardiner, Maine February 25, 1933 passed away 9/27/2017 at Togus Springs Hospice with his loving wife and family by his side. William was educated in the Gardiner School System. Upon graduating he entered the US Navy. He was stationed at Littlecreek Virginia during the Korean War. Bill had many fond memories of his service and was proud to serve his country. His rank was MM3 and he earned an honorable discharge. With the training he received from the military he worked as a boiler operator at Togus where he retired after 30 years of service. Bill continued to work part time for the Pharm Corp for an additional 16 years.
As a young boy Bill’s first job was delivering newspaper for the KJ. He loved to tell stories of delivering the paper on foot until he earned enough money to purchase his first bicycle. He also had fond memories of the day WWII ended and delivering a special edition paper. Bill loved his Dunkin Donuts times; he would sit and have conversations with friends and acquaintances. Bill had motorcycles most of his adult life and truly enjoyed taking day trips with his friends. He also enjoyed Gardiner High football, trips to the beach, cross country skiing and enjoyed travelling with family to places such as Florida, Georgia, all New England States and he especially enjoyed PA Amish country. Bill became a member of Christian Life Fellowship where he made many new friends. Bill was predeceased by his parents Charles M. Tibbetts Sr. and Miriam McCormick Tibbetts, brothers Lawrence Sr. and Charles Jr. Two daughters, Sandra Morgan and Holly Lamiette. His in-laws Shirley and Etta Kelley and a sister-in-law Betty Merchant.
He is survived by his loving wife of 33 year Ardis M. (Kelley) Tibbetts, a son William Jr., two daughters Laurie Stevens and her husband Todd and Wendy Westerlund and her husband Jon, 7 grandchildren Joshua Tobias, Zachary Tobias and wife Jonsy, Kayla Stevens and husband Joshua, Steven Goudreau, Sami Goudreau, Bruce Morgan II, Brandon Morgan. 3 dearly loved great grandchildren, Amelia, Ryan and Ava. Bill also leaves behind two sister-in-laws Meade and Debbie Tibbetts and his brother-in-law Arnold Kelley. Bill loved his cats they were his animal family: Bob, Billy, Brady and Layla.
Visiting will be Monday October 2, 4-7pm at Staples Funeral Home 53 Brunswick Ave, Gardiner. A funeral service will take place Tuesday October 3, at 10am at Christian Life Fellowship Rt. 17 in Chelsea. Military Honors will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Gardiner. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to Christian Life Fellowship 1158 Eastern Ave Chelsea, ME 04330. A very special thank you to the Togus Veterans staff Bldg 207 for their care and compassion.
Christian Life Fellowship
Route 17, Chelsea ME 04330