William Mowry passed away at home into eternity after a rich and full long life. â€œBill â€œ spent most of his life in Rhode Island before moving to Massachusetts and Indiana while eventually retiring to Florida in 1991. At age seventeen as a senior in high school he and some of his buddies went directly to the door of the school superintendent to seek early admission into World War 2. His perseverance paid off and he joined the Army serving time in Japan for the occupation after the war. He attended Providence College on the GI bill. After his service he began working for First National stores where a chance meeting at the time clock introduced him to his future wife Joan Brunelle. They raised three children William (Billy), David and Lynne. He was actively involved in his childrenâ€™s lives at a time when that was uncommon. He was happiest bringing his kids fishing, cooking, watching football, going to the beach, Sunday drives with us, and karting his kids around to various swim meets all over New England to watch them compete. He seamlessly adjusted into the role of Papa to his 7 grandchildren who he continued to be actively involved with and adored. During his retirement he and Joan cared for several small children babysitting them and â€œlovingâ€ on them. He was Papa to them all and loved by many. It wasnâ€™t uncommon to have the neighborhood kids stop by to help themselves to goodies , and a visit on almost a daily basis. A declared â€œ home Baptistâ€ he returned to the Church of the Suncoastâ€ a few years ago and enjoyed hearing Godâ€™s word. He always had a great sense of humor and laugh. Despite slowing down over the past few years he enjoyed watching his great grandchildren grow and continued to be a great source of hugs, advice and treats. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. He had a life well lived and well loved. He was the son of William and Ruth (Nicholas). He is predeceased by his sister Marilyn Campopiano and his son William Mowry. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joan, his children David and his wife Lori, his daughter Lynne (husband Thomas deceased) as well as his grandchildren Kristin Shuler (Ed), Kyle Mowry, Sarsha Brantley (Kevin), Stephanie Hines (Ben), Zachary Mowry, Jacob Mowry (Kourtni), Max Glaser (Kara) and his 9 great grandchildren, Malia, Eddie, Ayden, Ella, Carter, James, Hadleigh, Luke and Ruby. A memorial will be held at a later date along with a private burial.