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William J Fenton II

August 18, 1936 ~ May 5, 2018 (age 81)

William “Bill” J. Fenton, II, resident of Port. St. Lucie, Florida passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was born on August 18, 1936 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was pre-deceased by his parents William J. and Grace Fenton (Lynch) of Westfield, Massachusetts. He is survived by his wife of 30 years Jane, sister Mary, daughter Kelly and grandsons Brandon and Ryan and great-grandsons Ryan and Jackson, step-son Christopher, step-daughter Elizabeth and her husband Kevin, granddaughters Kelli, Angela, and Gina, and great-grandsons Deo and Hudson. Bill’s passion for automobiles began when he started working for his grandmother at the Fenton Chevrolet and Pontiac dealership as a teenager. He continued to work as a salesman before taking over the Fenton Leasing business, and in the 1980s, he expanded to the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area. He was an officer in the Florida Independent Automobile Dealers Association for many years and was honored for achievements as an Honorary Life Director in 2013. He attended St. Mary’s High School in Westfield, MA, graduated from Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts, and studied business at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Bill honored his country with his Naval service in the early 1950s and retired from the Naval Reserves in his 60s, and he continued to pay tribute to his country and veterans by raising the American flag in front of his business and home. Bill was always up for a new project or adventure, whether a renovation at his home or business or a road trip, and Bill and Jane enjoyed opening their homes in Westfield and Florida to their friends. He will be forever known as a good listener and a gentleman always looking to help his family, friends, and customers. The funeral for Bill will be held on Friday May, 11 at 10:30 am in St. Mary’s Church in Westfield. Burial will be private. Calling hours will be held on Thursday at the Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad Street, Westfield from 4-7 pm.

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