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Obituary: William "Bill" Hescock ’75

William Henry Hescock II passed away unexpectedly on January 1, 2010, at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

The eldest son of Gilbert H.and Maizie S. Hescock, he was born July 15, 1952 at Westerly Hospital in Westerly, Rhode Island. He lived in North Stonington all of his life where for many years his parents owned and operated Meadow Lake Dairy and for a short time Meadow Lake Dairy Bar before moving to Shoreham, Vermont in 1969.

As a North Stonington native, William lived life to the full growing up with his family at their beloved Heartsease on the edge of the village. He remained behind, living with his Aunt Emily Hescock in order to finish his senior year at Wheeler High School from which he graduated with honors in 1970. In his youth he was an avid boy scout and as a teenager was awarded the Eagle Scout badge, BSA’s highest award.

That same June of 1970 he entered Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio but remained there only a few academic quarters. While there he became acquainted with Marco Malandra who became a lifelong friend. In the early fall of 1973, he traveled to Olympia, Washington with the intention of enrolling at Evergreen State College. However, with the death of his father that November, he returned East to be near the family. Subsequently, he enrolled in the University of Connecticut from which he graduated in 1976 with a degree in Economics, Magna Cum Laude.

In 1981 William graduated from UConn Law School in West Hartford, Connecticut. As a young lawyer he first worked in Legal Aid in New London, Connecticut. He then joined the law firm of James Morgan in North Stonington and later entered into a partnership with him. Eventually he opened his own law practice in town at the site of the old post office on the corner of Main Street and Wyassup Road. It was with great pleasure and satisfaction that ever since, he practiced there as a small town lawyer giving his heart and skills to the town he loved.

He has been a longtime passionate trustee of the Wheeler Library and recently headed up the O. U. R. $1,000,000 over ten years Campaign to benefit the library. At one time he served as Selectman and at the time of his death had been elected to the Board of Education and was serving on the Board of the Westerly Adult Day Care.

William traveled frequently to Australia where he toured extensively with his brother, Rob. He spent many memorable summer vacations in Maine and had only recently purchased a summer island home there. Most special of all to him was the time he spent at the Hescock family Cabin in Dummerston, Vermont.

William is survived by his mother, Maizie Hescock of Shoreham, his wife, Regina McGowan of North Stonington, his daughter, Lindsey Hescock of Middlebury, Vermont, his son, Adam Hescock and wife, Sheilah of Norwich, Vermont, his daughter Megan Hescock of Seattle, Washington and a granddaughter, Nina Hescock. In addition, he leaves behind four brothers and a sister: Jonathan Hescock and wife Kim of Cornwall, Vermont; Robert Hescock and wife, Alison of Orbost, Australia; Joseph Hescock and wife, Kathleen of Shoreham; Timothy Hescock and wife, Loraine of Shoreham and Faye Jantzi and husband, Daniel of Lowville, New York; also, many loving nieces and nephews. William is also survived by three stepchildren: Liam Cooney, wife Elizabeth and step granddaughter, Olive of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Owen Cooney and wife Julie of Oregon and Mattie Cooney of North Stonington.

William was predeceased by his father, Gilbert in 1973, a brother, Phillip in 1968 and a brother, Todd in 1987. A public service in William’s memory was held at the Wheeler Library in North Stonington on Friday, January 8. In lieu of flowers the family has requested a donation be made in Bill’s honor to Wheeler Library to help boost the $1,000,000 campaign.