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William J. “Bill” Wedge

HAVERHILL: William J. “Bill” Wedge, 74, entered into eternal life with the Lord on Thursday, May 28th, at Brigham & Women’s Hospital after suffering injuries in a fall.

Born in Haverhill on March 21, 1935, Mr. Wedge was the son of the late William Joseph and Irene Albina (Legare) Wedge.  Bill was a life long resident of the City having attended St. James Grammar School, and graduating in 1953 from Haverhill Trade School. He served with the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. Bill retired following 33 years of service from AT&T Network Systems (Western Electric) in North Andover as a Composite Master Toolmaker.

As an active member of the community Bill was a lifelong member and past president of the Merrimack Valley Chapter #78 Pioneers of America, past president of the WE Valley Club, Judge Advocate General and Treasurer of Haverhill AMVETS Post 147, Board of Directors member Haverhill Daycare Center, and an advisory board representative of the Manchester NH VA Medical Center. Bill also volunteered his time and talent with the homeless, special needs individuals and the disabled. Among his many hobbies were hunting, fishing, traveling, especially to Alaska, photography, gardening and assisting those in need.

Bill leaves behind his devoted wife of 26 years Jean (Warren) Wedge; children, Deborah J. Charewicz and husband Michael of Andover, Mark H. Wedge of OK; grandsons, William H. Wedge of OK, Jason and Brett Charewicz of Andover; step grandsons, Sam, Bailey, James and Ben Watkins of Andover; friend and sister-in-law Joyce LeClair of Haverhill; sister, M. Claire Goudreault of NC; brothers, D. George Wedge of LA, James Wedge and wife Barbara of AZ, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends are invited to the funeral Sunday, 8:00 p.m., at Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street, Haverhill. Callings hours will precede the service from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Interment at Linwood Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to AMVETS Post 147, 576 Primrose Street, Haverhill, MA 01832.

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