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William W. Gentile
OLD ORCHARD BEACH -- William W. Gentile formerly of Kennebunk, died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on March 31, 2008, at Southern Maine Medical Center after an unexpected, brief illness.
Bill was born on Feb. 12, 1938, in Waltham, Mass., to Romeo and Angelyn Marston Gentile. He graduated from Waltham High School in 1956 and then attended Boston College, where he completed his Bachelor's degree. He furthered his education at Boston University and earned his Masters degree in education from Salem State. Bill returned to school in 1989 to complete his Doctoral degree in Education and Administration from Walden University.
On Aug. 28, 1965, Bill married Heather McFarland and they began their 42-year life together. They raised four children and he enjoyed spending time with their 10 grandchildren. He loved to tell stories, especially of his family and their adventures. Bill liked watching sports and was an avid reader. He retired to Old Orchard Beach to be close to the ocean.
Bill began his career teaching English at Gloucester High School in Massachusetts. He was the principal of Gloucester High School from 1975 to 1980. In 1981, the family moved to Kennebunk, where he became headmaster of Kennebunk High School. He served in that role until 1990. Bill returned to the classroom and his passion for teaching. The students enriched his life. He made a significant difference in the lives of many young people, helping to make the world a better place, one student at a time. Bill authored an English grammar book that was published in 2003 and used at Kennebunk High School. He will be remembered by many, and will live on in the lives of those he touched.
Bill is survived by his wife of 42 years, Heather Gentile of Old Orchard Beach; and his four children, Deborah Gentile of Saco Virginia Gentile of Windham, William Gentile Jr. of California and Elizabeth Tello of Maryland. In addition, he will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, Scott, Kia, Angelyn, Sophia, Olivia, Nicholas, Rianna, Braeden, Samuel and Cecilia. He is also survived by his brothers Edward Gentile of Worcester, Mass., Leonard Gentile of Arizona and Walter Doucette of Florida.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Dr. James Georgitis and many doctors and nurses at Southern Maine Medical Center for their devoted efforts and exceptional care. We can never repay the peace that their outstanding care brought to our family in a time of extreme despair.
Visiting hours will be at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk on Thursday, April 3, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Chapel with the Rev. Jeff Tarbox Officiating. Private Interment will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel-Kennebunk. www.bibberfuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions
may be made to:
Dr. William W. Gentile
Attn.: Joy Russo
Kennebunk High School
89 Fletcher St.
Kennebunk, Maine 04043
William W. Gentile
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr. 1, 2008
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"My sincere thoughts are with your family at this time. Dr. Gentile was the hardest teacher I ever had,..."
- Misty Stafford-Merrill
"Dear Heather and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have many pleasant memories of the years that I..."
- Joe Yuhas
"To the entire Gentile family (especially Beth), My deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to you..."
- Barbra Whitten, KHS class of '89
"To the entire Gentile Family, I experienced great sadness upon being informed by my son, Scott Logan of..."
- Kathlyn Logan
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