William Cox Owen

November 24, 2021


William Cox Owen, 74, passed away November 24, 2021 at Care One Nursing Center in Lowell, MA, due to injuries resulting from the tragic accident at the Hancock transfer station on May 19, 2021.

William was born in Philadelphia, PA, July 15, 1947, the son of William C. and Lillian (Bullock) Owen. After graduation from St. Joseph High School, Camden, NJ in 1966, he enlisted for four years in the United States Navy. He served on the USS Shangri-la and was a plank owner on the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67).

William was a third-generation firefighter and helped in the fire department at the age of 14 in Mt. Ephraim, NJ. He had a life-time career as a paid firefighter and fire marshal in Deptford, NJ, receiving several commendations from the Deptford Fire Department. He was also an EMT for a private ambulance service in South Jersey. William retired in June, 2007 and moved to New Hampshire.

He enjoyed traveling, fishing, building ship and train models, attending model train shows, working on his layout of HO model railroad trains, and finding key places to view passing trains.

William attended the Divine Mercy Catholic Church while living in New Hampshire.

His wife, Dottie J. (Denzy) Owen died September 30, 2001 and he married Carol Ann (Evans) Wicks September 25, 2004.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann, of Hancock, his sister Mary Louise Hirshmiller and husband, Dennis, of Mont Alto, PA, a niece Elise Burgess and husband Justin, grandniece Adelai Burgess, and grandnephew, Owen Burgess of Germantown, MD.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Hillside Cemetery, Hancock, NH.


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