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William  Hallett

William J. "Papa" Hallett Sr.

Saturday, October 7th, 1933 - Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
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Obituary

Millinocket - William J. Hallett, Sr. (Bill/Papa) 86, died August 2, 2020 of complications of Alzheimer’s at a Millinocket Health Facility. Bill was born Oct 7, 1933, the third child of John “Jack” Hallett and Celina (Milliard) Hallett in Millinocket. He was a proud graduate of Stearns High School, Class of 1952. After graduation, he became a full-time employee of Great Northern Paper Company after having worked various jobs there during his high school years. In 1958 he was given the opportunity to enter the electrical journeyman program, becoming a very proud electrician in the early 1960’s. He continued to work for the subsequent owners of the mill until his retirement at the age of 60 in 1994.
Bill married Sharon (Bouchard) in 1960, beginning a wonderful life filled with family and friends, moving into the home they designed and built in the “New Development” in 1967. Bill and Sharon always put family first, from the summer jaunts around town in the Jeep, the many weekends cruising from island to island in their small boat on Ambajejus Lake, to helping a couple of his siblings build their camps on The Deep Cove Road, and taking up downhill skiing in the 1970’s; appreciating the Maine slopes with their kids and going as far away as the Austrian Alps with dear friends in the early 80’s. Bill spent many a hunting season with The Garvin Boys, fishing with Leino and the guys, and fiddleheading and berrying with his kids. Papa Bill never met a baby or child he didn’t love, and his many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews can vouch for that.
Bill was a humble, but very talented man. He was proud to be a member of the IBEW union, was a founding member of the local Gun Club which met in the basement of the Great Northern barn for many years, worked on guns of his and friends’, and was a self-taught clock repairer; fixing clocks from cuckoo to Grandfather. Music was always a part of Bill’s life, starting with him learning the mandolin, then the guitar, 4 & 5 string banjos, the harmonica and finally the piano later in life, all by ear. He was so proud of his children and grandchildren who could actually read music.
Bill, or Papa as most everyone knew him by, is survived by his wife of almost 60 years; Sharon, his brother Edward and wife Bernadette, his daughter Ramona Cesare and husband Tony of Ambajejus Lake, daughter Lori Hallett of Auburn, son William (Bill) Hallett, Jr and wife Diane of Hanover, Mass., and son Steven Hallett and wife Idalia of Oceanside, Cal. He is also survived by grandchildren Christina and husband Flint Christie, Andrea and husband David Christner, Jennifer Galloway, Chelsea Camire, Jacqueline and husband Garrett Martin, Joslyn and husband Sam Berce, Ethan and Cameron Hallett and Melissa Hallett. His great grandchildren Gabby, Ayden, Benjamin, Piper, Alexander, Camden, Dane, Connor and Davis, held just as big a part in Papa’s heart as all the kids before them. Papa is also survived by “The Other Halletts”; Larry, Anna and their children Ryan, Regan, Daniel and Olivia. Uncle Bid/Bill is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, his siblings Jacqueline Johnson, Robert Hallett, Ramona Bouchard, Edna Mae Mackin, Evelyn Hallett and Charles (Wally) Hallett, and a special grandson Matthew Cesare.
Bill’s family would like to thank the Katahdin Health Care for the exceptional care they provided him for the last two years. We would also like to thank Beacon Hospice for the wonderful attention they provided Bill these last few months.
Family and friends are invited to visit the Bill’s family at the Millinocket Cemetery from 12-1, Friday, August 7, with the committal service being held at 1:00. Per the family’s request, visitors are required to wear a mask and observe social distancing.
Gifts in memory of Bill can be donated to Katahdin Health Care, 22 Walnut Street, Millinocket, Maine 04462, to help purchase a new recliner for the unit, or to Alzheimer’s Association of Maine, 383 US Rt 1, #2C, Scarborough, Maine, 04074. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, Millinocket. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, August 7th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, August 7th, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Location
    Millinocket Cemetery
    Address
    East Avenue
    MILLINOCKET, ME 04462
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    Notes
    Masks required and social distancing observed, please.
  • Service

    Friday, August 7th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, August 7th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    MILLINOCKET CEMETERY
    Address
    MEDWAY ROAD
    MILLINOCKET, ME 04462
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    Notes
    Masks required and social distancing observed, please.
    Officiant
    DEACON DANNY WATSON

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Lynn

Posted at 10:12am
Dear Sharon and family,
My heart and prayers go out to you in the recent death of your beloved husband and father. I am so sorry that I have just learned about his passing and want to extend my love and hugs, especially to you dear Sharon. I hope your faith and continued support of your wonderful family helps sustain you as you mover on. I know he was a wonderful man and will be dearly missed. Please connect if you are planning any trips to Bangor, as I would love to see you. My love and prayers, Lynn Hunt
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Edwina Bouchard

Posted at 01:40pm
My dear Sharon and children Romona, Lori, Bill, Steven, it is with heartfelt sympathy that I send condolences for the death of your beloved husband and dad. He was exceptional as your obituary so well stated! It was obvious that he loved you so dearly despite his illness. I know that you will miss him but also know that you have someone who will look after you from above! I send my prayers, Sharon, that you may be strengthened despite your sorrow and pain in your loss! God bless you and your family. A cousin who loves you dearly, Edwina
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Nola (Boucher) Richardson

Posted at 07:11am
Sharon and family,
I am so glad I got to meet and know cousins, Bill and Wally and, you, Sharon and Ann a few years ago. My heart broke when Wally passed
away and, now, it's broken again. I have such
wonderful memories of us meeting when Uncle Carmel was ill. (God love him for bringing us all together.)

I'm so grateful that we had those times to get to visit with you all. Love you! God bless!

Rest in peace, Bill. Kiss your mother, my mother, and all your siblings for me. Love you forever!
CM

Claudette , Boyd Maillet

Posted at 08:53pm
To the family of M . Hallett , my husband and I would like to send our sincere condolences. Rene Milllard is my father.
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Rhonda Tracy

Posted at 05:24pm
I didn't know Bill very long, but I always enjoyed going to give him a haircut. Whether it be at home or at the nursing home, he was always a joy to be around. I always laughed when I was around Bill, he had a great sense of humor, a very funny guy indeed. Bill never failed to mention "Walter Trott" when I would cut his hair. Walter was a barber in Millinocket many many years ago. I'm not sure if I reminded him of Walter Trott, or if he just had fond memories of him when he had his hair cut!! My prayers go out to Sharon, Ramona and the entire family during this difficult time!! May the power of prayer lift your spirits, and the wonderful memories you all have stay with you until the time comes that you will all reunite with him in heaven!!
❤ Rhonda
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