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November 14, 2023
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William Raymond Charette(Bill) passed away November 14, 2023 at the age of 73 at Morton Hospital due to lung and heart disease. He also had severe diabetes.
Bill, The 5th child of Oscar and Eva Charette was born October 18, 1950 a big beautiful baby boy weighing 10 LBS.
Married and a father of two babies by the age of 19. Bill worked hard all his life. He started work at age 16 at Kilburn Glass Co. where he met his wife, Sandra.There he operated the degreasing vat all day long. Many jobs followed including Crown Wire and Cable, operating the cable machines, Turner Steel CO., Friedman's Junk Yard,Everetts Junk Yard, Alden Shoe Co.,Garbage Truck Driver for Bumilla Pig Farm in Raynham , Security Guard and many others.
Always mechanically inclined and a self-taught mechanic, Bill got many a car back in good running condition for many years for himself, friends and family.
Beginning at age 14, Bill was a heavy smoker. In his last years he couldn't walk or breathe without oxygen tanks. He relied upon an electric scooter to get to Drs appointments, Trucchi's supermarket,and anywhere else he needed to go.
Always an early riser, Bill would be up and out the door at 6 am every morning on his scooter headed to Dunkin Donuts to get his usual 3 donuts and coffee. He was well known as he travelled around town on his scooter always waving and with a friendly smile to those who knew him.
Bill was a fan of country music, His favorites were George Jones, Loretta Lynn,Charley Pride and Red Sovine.He was great at assembling 1,000 piece puzzles saying " start from the borders and work toward the center".He also enjoyed assembling miniature car kits, cooking delicious meals- he was a great cook and he always enjoyed a good meal,he liked playing horseshoes in his younger days,playing cards,going to Jai Alai tournaments in Rhode Island and Seekonk Speedway with his brother Roland.He loved freshwater fishing and was very successful at it.
Bill leaves behind an ex-wife Sandra Horton of East Bridgewater and their three children:Christopher Charette of East Bridgewater, Julie Charette of Middleboro, and Diane Shimkus of Raynham.Also a son, Jason Correia of Taunton.Two grandchildren,Blake Shimkus and a granddaughter by Jason Correia. A sister , Theresa Filipe of Taunton,five nieces and three nephews and their children:a companion Lisa Dunlop of Taunton, and his precious little beagle mix "Maggie May" who he doted on and spoiled royally.
Bill had great empathy for the needy and the challenged.He was always respectful toward women,kind to animals,and generous and loyal to all his friends.
Always the optimist Bill fought hard for his life till the very end through numerous heart attacks and frantic runs to the hospital straining to breathe. He was looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner.
He was loved and tragically left us too soon. His memory will live with us always. He was a special man.
In accordance with his wishes, services will be held privately.