SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 22, 2012

William "Bill" Joseph Small, 73


Georgetown — The world lost a fun-loving and amazing man on December 19, 2012. After a long battle with cancer, William (Bill) Joseph Small of Georgetown passed away while surrounded by family and friends.

Bill was born on November 6, 1939, in Beverly and was a graduate of Beverly High School, Class of 1957.

Bill is survived by his amazing wife of 41 years, Martha J. (Wade) Small; daughters, Janet (Small) Daugherty and husband, Steve of Santa Ynez Calif., Robin (Small) Farrington and husband, James, Patricia (Small) Hamilton and husband, Donald both of Knightdale N.C., LeAnne Small of Haverhill, Dawna (Lavender) Gauthier and husband, Joseph R (J.R.) of Windham N.H.; Bruce Lavender of Haverhill, and Brian Lavender and fiancée, Tracey Vigeant of Groveland. He is predeceased by his mother, Dorothy and father, Arthur Small; brothers, Herbert Jr., David, Arthur E. and Alfred Small; along with sisters Ila (Small) Roberts and Dolly (Small) Miaskiewicz. Bill and Martha have 16 wonderful grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a lifelong printer and worked at Arlington Press in Arlington, Lawrence Eagle Tribune in North Andover and GARE Ceramics of Haverhill before becoming the sole proprietor of Old Jacobs Press.

Bill was a past member of B.P.O.E. Elks in Haverhill and a long-term member and past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis. Bill was an avid golfer and a charter member of the former Georgetown Club.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 28, at noon at the Arland Dirlam Memorial Chapel in Waterside Cemetery, West Shore Drive, in Marblehead. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or to the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center, 800 Washington St. #344, Boston, MA 02111. A life celebration will follow at the Georgetown VFW after the funeral service on Friday. Friends and relatives are kindly invited to attend. To leave online condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com