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William E. Greig Jr.

Obituary
October 15, 1915 - May 23, 2010
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TOPSHAM - William E. Greig, Jr., 94, of Pleasant Street died Sunday, May 23, 2010 at Cadigan Lodge Assisted Living in Topsham.


He was born in Concord, NH on October 15, 1915, the son of Nellie Edna Atkinson and William E. Greig.  He was homeschooled until attending Cony High School in Augusta where he graduated at the age of 16.  Memories of high school included traveling to school via electric cars and being allowed to wear long pants vs. knickers for the first time when attending his graduation banquet.  He was very artistic and leaves behind sketch books created while observing birds and wildflowers.  Following high school and forgoing  a scholarship to Bowdoin College, he moved with his family to a farm in West Bath where he worked with his father to help pay off the mortgage. 


In 1940 he took a position as foreman on a pipe-covering crew at Bath Iron Works where he met Emily Fox who he later married in 1945.  He served as a Merchant Marine on Liberty Ships during WWII later returning to BIW where he moved into the purchasing department; he was very proud of his negotiations in purchasing the large red and white crane that continues to loom large on the landscape at BIW.  While still employed by BIW, he began selling life insurance nights and Saturdays for Modern Woodmen of America; though a part time pursuit he was as successful as many full timers winning expense paid trips nationwide to the annual conventions.  He retired from BIW in 1970 and became a selectman for the Town of Topsham; he was one of the original founders of the Topsham Sewer District where he later became Superintendent retiring at the age of 82.  He also served the Town as tree warden and head of the Roger’s Cemetery Association.  He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick where he served on the Vestry for many years.  He was a Mason, a member of the American Legion, Topsham Grange and served on the Board of Directors for CHANS. 


His greatest joy was his life with Emily and the family of four they raised in their home on Pleasant Street where they resided since 1949.   Though in failing health, Bill ventured out daily to visit Emily while she was a resident at Cadigan Lodge during the winters of 2007 and 2008; the Staff at Cadigan remember him for his dedication to her.

Predeceased by his wife who passed away in June 2009, Bill is survived by their four children, Ellen Stinson and husband Walter of Standish ME, Henry Greig and wife Cova of Dover NH, Mona Cunningham of South Windsor CT, and Barbara Thompson and husband James of Marshall MO; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and his brother-in-law George Fox of Topsham.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, May 27th from 2-4 & 6-8PM at Stetson’s Funeral Home 12 Federal Street, Brunswick. A funeral service will be held Friday, May 28th at 10 AM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,  Pleasant St., Brunswick with the Rev. Ben Barnes officiating. Immediately following the service the family would like to invite you to join them in Codman Hall reception area at St. Paul’s. Committal prayers will follow at Roger’s Cemetery, Cathance Road, Topsham.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Good Shepherd Food Bank, PO Box 1807, Auburn ME 04211-1807.


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