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STETSON – William P. Kells, 82, passed away peacefully at home January 1, 2009. He was born April 19, 1926 in Greenfield, MA a son of John and Bertha (Scruton) Kells. He attended schools in Greenfield and was a veteran of World War II, earning an infantry combat badge. Bill worked for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft as a machinist in Hartford, CT.

He enjoyed music and his family and friends who will miss hearing him sing old time favorites. His love of animals, gardening, and living off the land brought him to Maine in the early 1960’s. Bill served on several panels for the Maine Superior and Supreme courts.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by 4 brothers: John, Thomas, Edward and Bernard. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mildred E. (Cromack) Kells of Stetson; a son Paul and wife Deborah of Corinna; daughter Pamela of Orange, MA; 6 grandchildren, Holly Todd and fiance Steve Statrowsky, Karrie Bemis and husband Allen, Kimberly Todd-Thurber and fiancé Justin Payette, Tami, Paul, Jr. and Caley Kells; 4 great grandchildren, Zachary and Brandon Bemis, Brianna Todd-Thurber and Nola Payette; a brother Richard of Greenfield, MA; sister Mary Bonnette of Turners Falls, MA; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the day care unit staff at Sebasticook Valley Hospital for their kindness and care.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 PM Monday, January 5th, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport. A graveside funeral and committal service will be held 1 PM Friday, May 22nd, at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Stetson.

Those who wish may sign an on-line guest register and leave written tributes at

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