EDDINGTON — William B. Clow passed away April 27, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Like the lighthouses that he kept, William “Bill, Dad, Grampy, Grampy Chief, Great Grampy” was a beacon and caretaker of our family. He shined a light into our lives that will never go out; light that will live on in our hearts. Patriarch, caregiver, storyteller and dreamer, Grampy taught us all how important it is to live, do and dream, and to do it NOW.
Born on Jan. 20, 1936, as the only child to Barbara F. (Jordan) and Elmer Clow, he was quoted as saying he was “tough as nails, strong as bricks, born in Franklin in ’36.” He made a career in the Coast Guard, retiring in 1977, then established Downeast Diesel and Marine in Southwest Harbor. Bill raised a family with Ann (Quinn) Clow, and after her death in 2005 he met and married Amelia (Pinkham) Clow.
He is survived by his wife, Amelia; three daughters, Julie Jordan and her husband, Rick; Rebecca Clow and Jennifer Gott and her husband, Peter; stepchildren Karen Hall and husband, Duane, Jeff Pinkham and Connie Wallace and husband, Rick; grandchildren Emily and partner Aaron, Abby and partner Mike, Joshua and wife Becca, William and fiancee Lexi, Anna and fiance Ryan, Ian, Rylie, Isaac, Ivy and Ella; great-grandchildren Adalyn, Taylor and Gavin; and special in-laws Sylvia, Sandra and partner Richard, and Ronnie.
William Clow was a man of his word and more integrity than most. He would tell you exactly what he thought on a given topic and was almost ALWAYS right. He was our rock, our confidante, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, and was always there for anyone who needed him. He will be missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of life will be held at Jeff’s Catering, 15 Littlefield Way, Brewer, on Saturday, May 6, from 1-3 p.m.
Donations in his memory can be made to the Children’s Miracle Network, C/O EMHS Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04401.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.