LINCOLN – William “Bill” E. Kelly, 80, died on Nov. 7, 2003, at his home on “Clover Hill.” During his recent illness he was lovingly cared for by his soul mate and wife of 58 years, Elizabeth Jane (Weatherbee) Kelly, and their children. He was born August 30, 1923, in South Lincoln, the son of Gordon Kelly and Eva (Delano) Kelly. Bill was talented, with a sharp wit, a flair for poetry (and the harmonica) and a gift for problem solving. After graduating from Mattanawcook Academy, he studied engineering and appraisal. He worked as an engineer for Stone & Webster; superintendent of the Raymond Fish Hatchery; an HUD appraiser for 25 years; and consultant for Lincoln’s Revitalization Project. He had his own business, “Kelly’s Consulting and Appraisal Service.” Bill was a member of the 1st U.S. Marine Division, receiving a Purple Heart for his valor in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was a life member of the Marine Corps League and the Disabled Veterans and a 50-year member of the Masons. He loved his community and was an active member of the Lincoln Congregational Church and the Lincoln Historical Society. Bill felt most at home in the Maine woods. He was an avid, accomplished fisherman, hunter, and trapper who exemplified the ideal outdoorsman. Above all else, Bill was a dedicated family man to whom there was no greater joy than spending time with his family, especially his darling wife, “Bett.” Along with his wife he is survived by son, Robert and wife, Suzanne; daughter, Diana Hurd and husband, Doug; son, Albert and wife, Brenda; daughter, Leisa Savage and husband, Earl; grandchildren, Don Hurd and wife, Kate, Kris and wife, Lindsey, Kate and husband, Lincoln, William George, Alexandra, David, Leiana, Linai and Traci Grillion and husband, Joey, and their children, Drew and Lauri; his brother, Eugene and wife, Ardel; and his sister, Dora and their families. Bill’s (“Grampy’s”) family will miss him beyond measure and will always remember the wonderful moments they spent together at 111 Main Street and “Clover Hill.” Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Lincoln Congregational Church, with the Rev. Darrell Joiner officiating. A reception will follow immediately after the service at the social room of the church. A private interment will be held later at the Lincoln Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to either the Lincoln Community Rec. Center Fund, 63 Main St., Lincoln, ME 04457, or the Lincoln Veterans Memorial Project, care of Lincoln Maine Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 220, Lincoln, ME 04457. Arrangements with Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Rd., Lincoln. For an online register book, please go to <>