William Lee “Bill” Hingston Jr. 76, passed away at the Jack Byrne Center in Lebanon, NH, in the arms of his wife on July 6, 2021. Cancer came, found him and took him away despite his courageous battle, leaving behind a family of broken hearts.
Born on May 21, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York to Dr. William and Helene (Walpole) Hingston. Bill grew up in Williamstown, New Jersey, the eldest of seven siblings.
Graduating from Saint Josephs High School in Camden, NJ, in 1963, he continued his education at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. It was here he met the woman he would spend the rest of his life with, Carlynn Harris. Bill graduated in 1967 with a bachelors degree in political science;he served 6 years in the U.S. Army Reserves. Bill and Carlynn married in 1967 and raised three sons in Claremont, NH.
Bill loved reading about, watching and playing sports and he was a life long fan of all the Philadelphia teams. Music was also his passion, building an extensive and eclectic vinyl collection through the years, with Lou Reed at the top of the list.
Bill cared for his wife with love and unending support as she struggled with OCD throughout the years. On November 11, 2020 they celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.
Surviving him are his wife Carlynn, William Hingston III and his wife Wen of Staten Island, NY, Peter Hingston and his partner Amy Hood of Lee, NH, and Cal Hingston and wife Nici of Claremont, NH. Happily added to the family were his grandchildren, Alexus Hang, Lu Lee Hingston, Madeleine Hingston, Isabelle Hingston and Ophelia Hingston. Bill spent as many delightful moments with his grandchildren as he could. They appreciated his positive attitude, undivided attention, sense of humor and how loved he made them feel.
He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Geoffrey Hingston and Timothy Hingston, as well as best friends Bev and Darrell Sanborn.
Surviving him are brothers Richard Hingston and his wife Marjorie of Newark, Delaware, Michael Hingston and his wife Marie of Bath, PA, Thomas Hingston and his wife Diane of Branchville, New Jersey and sister Alicia Hingston and her partner Barry Cahoon of Danville, Vermont, and sister in law Leanne Jaworski of Norwalk, Connecticut, as well as many well loved nieces and nephews.
After college Bill began his career as an insurance claims adjuster in Philadelphia, Portland, ME, and Claremont, working for GAB Business Services. In later years he and his partner had their own claims adjusting business, Twin Valley Adjusters, Inc. in Newport, NH. Here Bill and Carlynn worked side by side for years until retiring in 2011. He was well respected for his professionalism and ability to put people at ease during difficult moments in their lives.
On June 19, 2017 while on a walk in Portland, ME. Bill suffered a cardiac arrest. Right behind him on the path was Dr. Jonathan Eddinger who performed CPR and saved his life. Our gratitude towards the doctor is boundless. With these additional years given to him, he took no day for granted and lived life to the fullest.
We wish to thank the oncology department at the Kane Center at Valley Regional Hospital for their compassionate care, especially Dr. Matthew Sullivan, as well as the doctors and nurses who cared for him at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and the Jack Byrne Center. He was always in the best of hands.
Per his request, there will be no funeral services. He would rather that when you think of him do so with a smile, go to a ball game, take a walk, see new sights and sign up for a class to learn CPR. The family is planning a celebration of his life in the fall, his favorite season of the year.
If so wished, you may send a donation to either the NH American Heart Association or the Kane Center at Valley Regional Hospital.
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