SANFORD -- It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our brother Dr. Bill (William) Eric Chernin of Sanford, Maine. Bill will always be remembered for his capacity to care for others, showing great compassion, generosity and support for his family, friends and patients.
Bill was born and raised in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada. An excellent student and leader, Bill was also a fine athlete; he could swim the Mira or Lake William in record time and he was equally talented in hockey gear. After graduating from Dalhousie Medical School in 1982, Bill worked in family practice in Nova Scotia including Glace Bay and Porter's Lake as well as Timmons, Ontario where he served as an Air Ambulance Physician for Northern Ontario, Canada. In 1998, Bill moved with his young family to Sanford, Maine where he accepted a position with Goodall Hospital. Sanford became Bill's home and he continued a family practice where his patients could always rely on only the finest care. He liked to say that he practiced medicine as if his mother was looking over his shoulder and his father was paying the bills!
Bill is survived by his children, Sam, Rebecca and Isaac of Sanford and five siblings: Jeffrey, David (Maggie), Susan (John), Stephen and Lewis, his partner Jane Liemer of Exeter, NH and his niece, Mara and nephews, Ross and Max.
He was predeceased by his parents Myer and Sandra Chernin.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at Temple Israel, 200 State Street, Portsmouth, NH. Memorial contributions may be made to Sanford Salvation Army, 871 Main Street, PO Box 391, Sanford, Maine 04073 or Counseling Services, Inc., 2 Springbrook Drive, Biddeford, Maine 04005. Visit: www.jvwoodfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest book and/or to send a private condolence. Arrangements are under the direction of J. Verne Wood Funeral Home-Buckminster Chapel, Portsmouth, NH.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 6, 2014