OBITUARY: William E. (Wild Bill) Anstey, 82

BILLERICA, MA — William E. (Wild Bill) Anstey passed away at home August 27, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Isabella (Sutherland) Anstey for 54 years. He was born June 24, 1935, son of the late Justina & Horace Anstey. He was born in Lebanon, NH, and raised in Wilmington, MA. Bill lived in Billerica for the past 45 years. Bill served 12 years in the Army.

For many years he towed for Penney’s Auto Body and loved sharing stories of his adventures at Penney’s and of course the Army, where people would just sit around, listen and laugh. Bill loved country music and spent many weekends sitting with relatives with guitars singing, and everyone joined in whether we could sing or not. Bill also worked at Bonnell Ford and retired from Baird/Imo in Bedford, MA.

Besides his wife Issy, he is survived by 3 daughters Tammy Croft and her husband Mike of Hudson NH, Heidi Seiders and her partner Steve Morris of Lowell and Kimba Keesler and her partner Mike Joyce of Billerica.

Bills greatest joy was being “Bampy” to Jacki, Billy, Tori, Joey, Traci, Megan, Nikole & Maranda. Step-Bampy to Hunter, Logan and Jaden and Great-Bampy to Owen, Harper and Atticus. Also his 6 Russian/Belarus (Chernobyl Children’s Project) kids who called themselves Grandkids.

He was the brother of Peggy Steinhoff, Shirley Whalen & Ginny O’Connell. Bill was predeceased by brothers Sonny, Ronnie & Denny and his granddaughter Desiree. He also has many nieces and nephews throughout the states.

There will be a Celebration of life held on September 30th, 1-5 pm at the Billerica VFW on Phinney Street.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Bill’s name to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA or online

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