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William George Ekberg
William "Bill" G. Ekberg, 84, a resident of the Taylor Community, died on February 17, 2019 in Seneca, S.C. with his family by his side. He was born on February 26, 1934 in New York City, NY the son of the late August and Julia (Schmidt) Ekberg. Bill was a graduate of Pearl River High School in Pearl River, NY, class of 1952. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict, serving as a Interior Communications Electrician with Fireman Rating. He worked with Bell Telephone for 37 years as a Cable Splicer, a Lineman, a Installer, a Repairman, and a Toll Transmission Testman. He worked in Rochelle Park, and Westwood, NJ, Laconia, Franklin, Concord and Manchester, NH until his retirement in 1989. He attended over 25 Bell Company sponsored schools over the years with the company. Bill lived in Westwood, NJ prior to moving to Belmont in 1969, in 2012 he relocated to the Taylor Community in Laconia. He and his wife Audrey spent many years wintering in Mims, Florida. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing and being a member of the Den Brae Golf Club in Sanbornton, where he played golf with his family and friends and took special care of the flowers.
He was a member of the Local Union 827 IBEW in NJ and charter member and past president of the Local 2330 IBEW in NH. He was a Free Mason and raised in Kearsarge Lodge, #81 F&AM of Andover on January 11, 1985, now Union Lodge #79 F&AM of Bristol. He was a former member of Meridian Lodge, #60 F&AM in Franklin where he received the Major General John Sullivan Award in Bronze, serving as various chairs and several terms as Master of Kearsarge and Meridian lodges. He recently joined Mount Lebanon Lodge #32 F&AM in Laconia. Bill was a member of the Pemigewasset Rod and Gun Club in Andover and was also a charter member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Laconia. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Audrey Anna (Hauck) Ekberg who died January 17, 2014. His family includes:
Karl W. and his companion Karen of Mt. Rest, S.C.
Mark C. and his wife Laurie of Belmont
Kristina Lynn Hall and her husband Todd of Central, S.C.
Alyssa Calvin and Joshua Guptill
Charlotte and Georgia Ekberg
Evelyn Elizabeth and Elijah Edward Calvin
Wanda Lydecker of New Smyrna, FL
Calling hours will be held on Monday, March 4, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) Tilton. A Masonic service will be held during the calling hours. Committal prayers and military honors will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery Chapel in Boscawen, NH.
Memorial donations in memory of Bill, may be made to any area Masonic Lodge charity.