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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- William Smith Carmichael, 87, of Springfield, Mass., passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.
Bill was born in Portland on Aug. 10, 1925, and was the son of the late George and Jean (Goldie) Carmichael. He had two sisters, Helen and Elizabeth who predeceased Bill, and is survived by his brothers, George and Robert.
He was the president of the class of 1943 of South Portland High School, and in 1950 graduated, cum laude, from Bowdoin College. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Sawyer in 1945 and was a loving husband and caregiver to her for 50 years until her death in 1995. Bill and Barbara had two children, Bruce of Park City, Utah and Nancy of Wilbraham, Mass.
A dedicated husband, father and grandfather, he leaves four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Bill was a true example of the Greatest Generation and in WWII proudly served in the U.S. Navy as an electronics technician working on patrol bombers in Okinawa. Immediately after college, he taught high school English and History in Houlton and Bath, and then pursued a career as a human resources manager with Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York from which he retired after 34 years.
Dedicated to the importance and impact of education to the future of our nation, Bill served his community as a member and vice-president of the Herricks (N.Y.) Board of Education.
A true patriot, he later led the Syracuse, N.Y., chapter of the Air Force Association as its President. Proud of his Scottish heritage, he was an active member of Clan Carmichael and attended Scottish games and clan gatherings at diverse venues. Bill lived the values of honesty and unquestioning support to his family, which was his greatest treasure. He never met a stranger and accepted and was interested in everyone. In his life, he gave so much and asked for so little.
A true gentleman, he will be missed by all who were fortunate to know him.
All services will be private and burial will be held in Brooklawn Memorial Park in Portland. Arrangements entrusted to the Byron Keenan Funeral Home And Cremation Tribute Center, 1858 Allen St., Springfield, Mass.
In lieu of flowers memorial
contributions may be made
in Bill's memory to:
The Wounded Warrior Project
P.O. Box 758517
Topeka, Kansas 66675
William Smith Carmichael
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on January 6, 2013