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“Sorry for your loss...tough to lose a parent,my friends.Jack ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Jack Rahilly - Lynn, MA

“I feel your pain and sorrow. I also know that remembering your father not will not be entirely sad. His memories will also bring tears of joy, smiles...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: David & Linda Ferguson - Friend

“Dear Andy, Allison and family,I'm so sorry for your loss. May your Dad rest in peace, as he is united with your mom. Prayers to you and all of the...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Donna McGavick - Acton, MA

“We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. May our condolences bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time.-The Pellegrini...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Jo-Ann Tobey - San Jose, CA

“Bill and I enjoyed a close friendship while at Norwich particularly in regard toSig Ep. My memories have faded relative to specifics but laughfter...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Ed Perlowski - Atlanta, GA

“Peter and FamilyMay God wrap his everlasting arms around you, lori and your family. May He with those everlasting arms carry you into the days...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Donna Cormier - Lynn, MA - Friend

“My condolences to Jim and your brothers and sisters. Your parents left quite a legacy behind and it lives on through your large family. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Greg Sarni - Groton, MA

“RIP gramps, i will never forget the times we spent in Vermont and waking up to tractor rides and fresh bowls of fresh blackberry's in the morning...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: james bidgood

“RIP gramps, i will never forget the times we spent in Vermont and waking up to tractor rides and fresh bowls of fresh blackberry's in the morning...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: james bidgood

“My sincere condolences. May the God of all comfort strengthen you all during this difficult time. Rom 15:4JD ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Bill, I know you are with your beloved Helen. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Lillian McNaughtt - Melrose, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


William J. "Bill" Bidgood, of Melrose, died at his home on May 20, 2017 at the age of 87. Bill was born in 1929 in Springfield, VT, raised in Cavendish (Proctorsville Village), VT. Bill graduated from Rutland High School class of 1947 & Norwich University class of 1951. Upon graduation from Norwich, Bill was sent to the Engineer School at Fort Belvoir, VA to study with the Army Corps of Engineers. Bill served proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star and the United Nations Service Medal. Bill was discharged as a First Lieutenant. While attending the Engineer School, he visited the Officers Club at the Lee House in Washington, D.C. where he met his wife (of 56 years) Helen, herself a First Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps who served in England and Germany during WWII. He resided in Hudson, MA for many years and the past 48 years in Melrose. While in Hudson he was involved with the Cub Scouts with their annual pinewood derby races and banquet. He was a Boy Scout Leader with Troop #635 at Incarnation Church in Melrose for several years. He organized Boy Scout trips throughout the region and to Vermont to hike the Long Trail section of the Appalachian Trail. On this last trip, the scouts camped for several days at Bill's place in Vermont, where the scouts built a bridge out of logs they had chopped and tied together with different types of knots they had learned in scouting. He was a member of the Norwich University Alumni Association. Bill was an avid coin collector, enjoyed traveling to Alaska & Germany and deer hunting with his sons and friends. At the site of his ancestral property in Cavendish (known as ... READ MORE →