MARSHFIELD – William George Berry Jr., 87, passed away March 17, 2010. He was born Jan. 13, 1923, in Medford, Mass., the son of William G. and Ethel M. (Hopkins) Berry. Bill’s family moved to Richmond, where Bill graduated from high school and excelled in sports. He loved horses all his life and at the age of 12, competed in riding and jumping events at Madison Square and Boston Gardens, winning many trophies and blue ribbons. Bill was a state of Maine employee most of his adult life, working for the warden service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and retired from the Department of Corrections. He was a registered Maine guide and operated a hunting and fishing lodge with his family, entertaining and guiding sportsmen, including his fishing friend, Ted Williams. A jack-of-all-trades, Bill was a gemologist making jewelry. He had many hobbies from driving heavy equipment to racing a good horse or guiding hunters. Bill married Muriel (Mawhinney), June 16, 1964. From that time on they did it all together. They operated a horse farm named Berry’s Stables, raised cattle and sheep, had huge gardens, and enjoyed cooking and canning. They were avid skiers and loved to dance. They were a couple who worked and enjoyed life together. Bill was a member of the Elks Lodge, was a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner, was past president of the Maine Craftsmen Association and was a member of St. Dunstans Episcopal Church, Ellsworth. Surviving are his beloved wife, of 46 years, “MeMe”; two sisters, Chloe Tracy of Buxton and her children, and Velma and Paul Madore of Richmond and their children; a sister-in-law, Julia M. Calor of Ellsworth and her children; and three very special nephews and an adored niece. He was predeceased by his parents; and a daughter, “Billie.” Spring interment will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, May 30, at Forest Hills Cemetery, Jonesboro. Memorial tributes may be made to Anah Temple Shrine Children’s Hospital or the Maine Horsemen’s Association.
WILLIAM GEORGE BERRY JR.
Posted March 24, 2010, at 8:12 p.m.