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Newport - William E. “Bill” Jarvis, 91, died Sat. July 27, 2002 at his Spring Street residence following a long illness. He was born in Windsorville, Me. Sept. 22, 1910 the son of Robin and Laura (Frazier) Jarvis. Bill graduated from Porter High School, Kezar Falls Me. In 1929, were he was a star athlete in baseball, basketball and track and field. He moved to Newport in 1935 and resided there for the past 67 years. Bill was a well-known baseball player throughout Maine where he played he played during four decades. He also played professionally in Canada where the New York Yankees had a first option on him. He won seven batting championships in league play in Maine with his highest average being .529 for the year. He was primarily used as a pitcher in Canada where he earned the nickname of "Bullet Bill" because of his fastball. His baseball career was interrupted by service in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He saw action at the Philippine Islands in the South Pacific. Bill was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame on April 1, 1979. He also loved his dogs and was known as a dog trainer and his “Labs” won numerous field trial ribbons. He was an avid golfer and scored a hole-in-one three times during his lifetime. He was a loving father and devoted husband. Bill was predeceased by his beloved wife Maude (Jewell) Jarvis on January 30, 1978.

He is survived by two sons, Bill and his wife Jo of Port Deposit, MD. David and his wife Doreen of Sun City, AZ., his sister Flora Bartlett of Waterville, his brother Eugene Jarvis of Desert Hot Springs CA., seven grandchildren; Jo Anne, Kim, Robin, Bill, Laurie, Linda, and Jim; 13 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. He will also be remembered his former daughter-in-law Patricia Jarvis his close friend Jerry Durgin, caregivers Gail Jones and Angela DeRosa.

There will be a graveside Celebration of Life conducted at 11:00 am Friday Aug. 2, 2002 at Riverside Cemetery Newport, with Pastor Al H. Worden officiating. Bill would NOT like to wear a suit; therefore dress will be casual (golf attire is appropriate). In lieu of flowers donation may be made to his favorite charity; the Ronald McDonald House of Bangor Inc., 654 State Street Bangor, Maine 04401-5649. To place an online tribute please visit: Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Brown Funeral Home Newport.

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