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In Memory Of
Class of 1950
Passed Feb 21, 2015
William H. “Bill” Waterhouse Jr., 83, of Bonita Springs, FL died Saturday, February 21, 2015.
Formerly of Wareham, MA he had been a winter resident of Bonita Springs since 2002 before moving there permanently in 2012.
William was born July 9, 1931 in Great Barrington, MA the son of the late William H. and Winifred (Mackenzie) Waterhouse Sr.
He was a graduate of Bourne High School in Bourne, MA, Class of 1950.
Following high school, Mr. Waterhouse was a Firefighter for the Town of Bourne before serving as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. In 1956,
Bill graduated from the Massachusetts Police Academy in Framingham, MA and spent his career as a State Police Officer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In the summer of 1963, he was assigned to the late President John F. Kennedy, working closely with the Secret Service, United States Coast Guard and the Barnstable Police Department. He retired as a Corporal in 1981. Bill was also a member of Massachusetts National Guard from 1976 to 1991.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy M. Waterhouse.
Burial with military honors was held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA.
Class of 1928
Passed Feb 28, 1999
March 3, 1999
William Stalker Wright Sr., 89, Retired plumber lifelong Bourne resident firefighter
POCASSET - William Stalker Wright Sr., 89, a retired plumber, died Sunday at his home.
Born in Boston, Mr. Wright was a lifelong resident of Bourne and educated in the Bourne school system.
Mr. Wright delivered milk for the Kennsington Farm early in his life and also worked for the Town of Bourne for a short period of time. His primary occupation was as a plumber for SA Collins for 40 years.
After his retirement, he enjoyed scalloping, fishing, gardening and refinishing furniture and his boat.
A member of the Bourne Volunteer Fire Department, Mr. Wright retired after 40 years as a captain.
He was also a member of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Grange and the First Baptist Church in Pocasset.
Mr. Wright was also involved with the Boy Scouts as a scoutmaster and as a council member for many years.
A funeral was held at the First Baptist Church, 298 Barlows Landing Road, Pocasset. Burial was in Cataumet Cemetery, County Road, Cataumet.
Visiting hours were held in the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Blvd. (Route 28), Bourne.
Class of 1961
Passed Feb 13, 2016
Winifred Norma Eldridge
September 17, 1942 - February 13, 2016
Lifelong Bourne resident, Winifred Norma (Swift) Eldridge passed away quietly February 13th at the Essex Pavilion Care Center in Hyannis. She was 73.
Born at Tobey Hospital in Wareham on September 17th, 1942 to Doris and George Swift of Sagamore, she was the youngest of the couple's four daughters, quickly earning the name "Penny" by her father due to her petite size at birth. The name stuck, and she was known as Penny by friends and family for decades to come.
Like the generations of her family before her, Penny grew up in the town of Bourne and went to Bourne High School, leaving a loving, indelible mark on all those who knew her.
On July 13, 1963 Penny married fellow Bourne High School alumnus Stanley Eldridge at the Swift Church in Sagamore and together they had four children.
Though she never drove a car, Penny was surrounded by family and friends and adored her town, easily finding herself always busy and getting around.
She worked at Peebles Elementary after school programs for the last eight years, leading games and helping with homework. She was a staple at the school and the children knew her by name, thrilled when she would arrive.
Penny was also a long time host mother for the Cape Cod Baseball League where she would open her home to the players of the Bourne Braves, acting as an adoptive summer mom to players who would go on to the MLB, including Kevin Youkilis.
She played Bingo for the past twenty-five years at St John's on Barlow's Landing Road in Pocasset with her Bingo Buddies.
Penny adored camping on the beach at Sandy Neck, enjoying the sun and water, and sitting at the Cape Cod Canal overlook with her husband watching the boats go by.
A favorite family pastime was camping along the canal with her husband and children at the end of Bell Road in Monument Beach in the family's faithful truck camper.
As her daughter states, "My mother was a always happy. Always content. She wasn't a world traveler, but she adored her life in Bourne and loved everyone she knew."
Penny left a long legacy in her wake.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her other two sisters, Ernestine and Doris.
Visitation and calling hours was held on Thursday, February 18, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Nickerson Bourne Funeral Home at 40 MacArthur Blvd in Bourne, Massachusetts. Cremation will follow with internment in the Old Bourne Cemetery in Bourne.
A Celebration of Life was held Friday, February 19th from 11-4pm at the Weary Travelers Club, 77 Valley Bars Rd. Monument Beach, MA. All are welcome to attend.
Penny fought a valiant battle against cancer for many years, though she never lost her beautiful smile or sense of humor.
Because of her bravery, the family has named the Friends of Mass. General Cancer Fund and the Bourne Firefighters Rescue Fund at P.O. Box 911, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532, as the recipients of any donations in lieu of flowers.
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