OBITUARY

William "Bill" J. Girrier

18 June , 195630 April , 2019

William James “Bill” Girrier, 62, of Bristol, RI, returned home to his beloved Lord on Tuesday, April 30, after a brief battle with cancer. During his final hours, he was surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born June 18, 1956 in Roslyn, NY, to William H. Girrier and Leonora P. (McNamara) Girrier. He was the second of four children.

Bill married the love of his life, Denise Henn, on June 23, 1979. They eventually landed in Bristol, RI, where they raised two daughters, Tiffany and Bridgette. As a family man, he was a devoted husband and father who modeled and encouraged Christian values.

Bill attended Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, NY (Class of 1974) and graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD in 1978, distinguishing himself in Latin American Studies. A veteran of the US Navy, he served for 10 years, retiring as a Lt. Commander.

In January 1998, Bill successfully completed the Executive Development Program at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In August 2017, he completed a Doctorate of Theology at Andersonville Theological Seminary.

Bill successfully led for-profit and for-cause enterprises. He was Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Globe Manufacturing; CEO of a senior life care facility in Fall River, MA; Chapter President at Truth@Work; and Managing Director of WayPoints Partners, LLC, a business management consulting firm.

Arriving in the world as a bright spirit, Bill had many valued and precious relationships with family, friends and colleagues. His genuine smile and engaging manner were captivating, and his depth of thought, unwavering faith and sincere concern for others were inspirational. Bill also could be quite the rascal – with an infectious sense of humor – driving belly laughs at many festive gatherings.

Bill was a man of many talents, engaging in a full spectrum of activities. He was an Eagle Scout, and played lacrosse in high school and into his college years. An avid sailor, windsurfer, scuba diver, and a strong swimmer, he often could be found kayaking on local waterways, spending time alone with nature. He loved his motorcycle.

Bill touched many as a professional, spiritual and personal mentor. He reached out as a true servant of Christ not only to members of his church community, but to scores of friends, neighbors, and strangers who can all bear witness to the fact that he walked his talk. In his own words, Bill derived gratification and joy helping men explore, discover and express themselves as emancipated men of God. He started “Band of Brothers” and led the men’s ministry at Grace Gospel Church for over 20 years.

As the author of Fruition: Reflections on a life grafted-in, published by WestBow Press in 2011, Bill shared his thoughts on Christian living and faith, inspired by both Scripture and his submission to the “narrow way.” He also regularly published an online blog on faith, leadership, and management, Bill’s View from the Crow’s Nest.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Denise Girrier of Bristol, RI; daughters Tiffany Champion (James) of Durham, NC, and Bridgette Pagani (Devon) of Clayton, NC; parents William H. and Leonora P. Girrier of Tiverton, RI; sisters Patricia L. Casey of Tiverton, RI, and Catherine G. Christensen (Craig) of Boxborough, MA; brother Robert P. Girrier (June) of Honolulu, HI. Bill is also survived by four grandchildren, Ellie Champion (5 years), twins Gavin and Brody Pagani (17 months), James Champion (13 months); and numerous extended family members … and his faithful canine companion Tikaani.

His visitation will be held Friday, May 3, 2019 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Birchcrest, 189 Gardners Neck Road, Swansea, with a Celebration of Life at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be at a later date. Contributions may be made to His Providence Church “Building Fund,” 262 Swansea Mall Drive, Swansea, MA 02777.

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  • His Providence Church “Building Fund”

Services

  • Visitation Friday, 3 May , 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, 3 May , 2019

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Damon Edmons

9 May 2019

Bill, or Mr. Girrier as I called him back then, took me kayaking my first time. He was good! I was a cocky teenager then, but I knew I’d met my match with Mr. Girrier. A little intimidating and a lot of fun. I remember we got out onto the river and he purposely rolled his own kayak, stayed under water for a bit, then flipped back up with a ‘Let’s Go’ attitude and like nothing had happened. Haha! I’d never seen that before. Sorry to see him go and wish I’d had more opportunities with him.

Tom Duggan

5 May 2019

Bill and I worked together at Globe Mfg for more than 10 years. He was a good man with qualities that made him special. Always talking about his wife and daughters with such love. I wish him well on his journey. You will be missed by all that knew you.
RIP BILL.

Alan Pinchook

3 May 2019

My dear friend, brother, and mentor, Bill.
In 2004 soon after Bill and Roy Springer were introduced to the “Wild at Heart” book and God centered men’s program I was deeply blessed when Bill invited me into a small group at his home. This was the real beginning of freedom for me as a man. Why would a man of such accomplishment, intelligence, and faith devote over eight weeks of his time to me along with Rob Merrill and Don Faxon? Bill’s passion to help other men “come alive” and to let them know they “have what it takes” to be a man of God drove him to help me and hundreds of other men thereafter. I remember Bill telling me a story about sitting next to Denise on a flight and being led by the Spirit to lean over her and tell a troubled man in the next seat that Jesus loves him so much. Bill always knew that the nudge on his shoulder was real and that he must act and “do the next thing”, a saying he used often that I will never forget.
Because of Bill’s unconditional willingness to care about me 15 years ago, I continue to become a better father of two boys, a better husband, a better friend, and have kept a faith that has endured the journey. Since that first men’s group in 2004 Bill has inspired me and God has led me to “facilitate” three Wild at Heart groups, two Freedom groups, and currently an ongoing Marathon Men’s weekly breakfast group. As a tribute to my dear friend and mentor Bill and my desire to serve God, I will not give up and will continue to carry on the Great Commission my dear Brother has passionately passed on to me.
Love, Alan

Dave Holly

2 May 2019

On behalf all of us in the Truth At Work family who had the privilege of serving alongside Bill we are certainly saddened by our loss of fellowship with him here on earth. However we rejoice knowing he is at peace in heaven and remember fondly his love of the Lord, infectious smile, and love and care for those he served and mentored.

Jon Skov

2 May 2019

"So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." Romans 10:17 The Bill I knew was courageous, authentic, and convicted. He loved others enough to have the tough conversations to move them forward, to engage, to encourage and support. When Bill said he would pray for you, you knew he meant it, and he didn't mean just once. When Bill was told that leading a roundtable of Christian business people in New England would fail, he leaned into it harder. Bill had a heart for the weary and isolated, and was driven by his calling to lead. Bill made sure that everyone in his life had an opportunity to hear the word of Christ, and for salvation through a relationship with Jesus. Bill wasn't perfect, but now he is thanks to his faith in Jesus Christ. Bill invested so much of himself in helping others. Thank you Bill for investing in me. Enjoy your rest.

Rob Russell

2 May 2019

Bill Girrier was a man in my life like no other. I first met Bill through the men’s ministry at our church 10 years ago and then really got to know him in the past four years through his leadership at Truth at Work, a round table group that meets monthly made up of local Christian businessmen. Bill was a man who unabashedly dedicated his life to Jesus. This shone through with his persistent witnessing, mentoring, and leading other men to Christ and back to Christ, through the love of his bride Denise, the love of his girls Tiffany and Bridgette, and the dedication to his work and ministries. I will miss you Bill, enjoy the ride! We can only imagine.

Thomas Sheehan

2 May 2019

Bill was a wonderful man of God who was always helping others and working to fulfill the Great Commission. His faith was strong and one day we will meet again in paradise. May you be rejoicing with the Lord and preparing to join His army for His return as the King of Kings....

Joe and Maureen Murphy

2 May 2019

...to a great and admirable man...we will miss that smiling face...and all those stories... and all the fun on Shelter Island NY...I'm sure you are sharing them now with Christ...and Casey... and others...Sail On Bill, we will meet again!......Love, Mo and Joe and Kieran and Kelly Murphy...Rocky Point NY 11778

Tony Oliveira

2 May 2019

A brother in Christ, a friend, a mentor. The impact Bill Girrier left in my life was tremendous. May he harvest the rewards stored for him in heaven.
Thank you for being an example for many.
Tony Oliveira.

Phil Boleski

2 May 2019

Bill and I were co-workers at Globe Manufacturing Company during the 1990’s and early 2000’s. We attended Grace Gospel Church together and I attended his Men’s Ministry meetings at the church and shared a special bond participating in the Band of Brothers meetings at his home. After I moved out of the area we continued to stay in touch through emails and phone calls.
Though he is gone he will live on in my memory as a man of honesty, loyalty and integrity. Bill was as close as a brother and I considered him to be my best friend. He will be missed.

FROM THE FAMILY