BRUNSWICK — William T. DeWitt, 80, of Palmer Street, died peacefully at home on Feb. 6 from complications of Parkinson’s disease.
DeWitt was born Aug. 20, 1934, in Eastport, the son of James Marshall and Ethel Matthews DeWitt. He graduated in 1953 from Shead Memorial High School in Eastport, and worked at the A&P grocers until enlisting the next year in the U.S. Air Force.
He proudly served in both Korea and Vietnam and was the recipient of several honors, including the Vietnam Service Medal. A true patriot, he continued his military service until retiring from the Air Force in 1975. Later he was employed at M. Grumbacher Corp. and as a civilian inventory and supply manager at Brunswick Naval Air Station, retiring in 1998.
DeWitt was known for the way he embraced life and cherished his family and friends. He was always quick to start a conversation, and his children counted on him for his wit and wisdom.
Golf, other sports and traveling, especially on his many cruises, were some of his favorite pastimes.
DeWitt was active in the First Parish Church in Brunswick, and was a member of American Legion Post No. 202, Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a supporter of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers, Stanley M. DeWitt, James R. DeWitt and Ralph E. DeWitt Sr.
He is survived by his wife, Irma DeWitt, of Brunswick; a son, Michael D. DeWitt and wife, Kathryn, of Scarborough; a brother, Gary DeWitt and wife, Cynthia, of Simpsonville, South Carolina; a sister, Susan DeWitt Taylor and husband, William, of Galavants Ferry, South Carolina; a brother-in-law, David Pottle, of Bath; sisters-in-law Annie Bowden, of Bath, and Betty Pottle, of Bangor; and many nieces, nephews, their children and grandchildren.
A memorial service and reception were held Feb. 13 at First Parish Church. Interment with military honors will be held in the spring at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta.
Memorial contributions in DeWitt’s name may be made to Disabled American Veterans.