William R. Bessette, Sr., 84, of Lincoln, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 15, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Alfred and Mary (Cavanagh) Bessette. Mr. Bessette was the husband of Noella L. (Leduc) Bessette, to whom he was married for 51 years.
Mr. Bessette, together with his brothers and his children, founded and operated Bessette Hardware stores in Pawtucket and in Lincoln.
Mr. Bessette was a Veteran of the United States Navy and served in World War II.
He was a graduate of St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket.
He is survived by his wife, four sons, William and his wife Lisa of Sandwich, Massachusetts; Joel and his wife Deborah, and Vincent and his wife Lee of Lincoln; and James and his wife Kathleen of Cumberland; four daughters, Maryanne Bessette; Joan Morin and her husband Charles; Michelle Carr and her husband Paul; and Monique Clauson and her husband Eric; all of Lincoln; and a daughter-in-law Shannon Murphy Bessette of Cumberland; and 23 grandchildren. He was the father of the late Charles N. and Marc Q. Bessette. He was the brother of John, Philip, Gilbert and Paul Bessette, Virginia Fortin, and the late Alfred Bessette.
His funeral will be held Thursday at 9 AM from the J. J. Duffy Funeral Home, 757 Mendon Road, Rt. 122, Cumberland, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in the St. Jude Church, Front Street, Lincoln. Burial will follow in the Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Church Renovation Fund, 301 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865, or to Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 169 George Street, Pawtucket RI 02860.
Reported: 07/18/07 (Show all obituaries for this day)
By: J. J. Duffy Funeral Home & Cremation Services (Show all obituaries and information about this funeral home)