William “Bill” R. Ellsworth, of Newcastle, passed away on the morning of Dec. 6, following injuries he sustained in an automobile accident. He was born on June 4, 1938 in Waltham, Mass. and was the son of Matthew and Mary Ellsworth.
Bill graduated from Waltham High School in 1957. Following his graduation, he pursued several business endeavors, including ownership and management of Forance Movers. Upon moving to Maine in the mid 1980s, he attended the University of Maine and the New England School of Addiction Studies, and became a substance abuse counselor for Mid Coast Hospital’s Addiction Resource Center. He was also contracted by the sheriff’s office to run outreach programs in the community to reduce recidivism. Bill faithfully served the community in his role as a counselor for over 30 years.
Bill loved exploring new places, and enjoyed spending time kayaking, biking, and fishing with his wife Lois. They also loved serving as campground hosts and volunteers for several years at campgrounds in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and elsewhere.
Bill is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lois Ellsworth; sons, Todd Ellsworth of Winchendon, Mass., and Brad Ellsworth of Hope; daughter, Bonnie Weaver and husband Tim Weaver of Helena, Mont.; grandchildren, Amanda, Ashley, Alyssa, Holly, Matthew, and Trevor; three great-grandchildren; and many loved nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held 12 p.m., Sat., March 9 at St. Patrick’s Church, 380 Academy Hill Rd., Newcastle.
Condolences, and messages for his family, may be expressed by visiting StrongHancock.com.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta.