Wilfred John Addison III

December 20, 1942September 25, 2013

Wilfred J. “Bill” Addison III, formerly of Wiscasset, ME and Big Moose, NY passed away on September 25, 2013, in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the age of 70. He was born on December 20, 1942 in Syracuse, New York, to Wilfred J. Addison, Jr. and Jennie D. Addison Rausch.

Bill attended North Syracuse High School, where he met Carole Masterpool; the high-school sweethearts married in 1966. He received his degrees from, Rutgers University, Syracuse University and George Washington University. Bill spent his 37-year career as a health-care executive, ultimately retiring in 2006 as President and CEO of Inland Hospital in Waterville, Maine.

Bill loved the Adirondack Mountains in New York and the Maine coast. For many years, he devoted himself to the restoration of his family’s camp in the woods in Big Moose, NY, which had been built by his grandfather in the 1920s. He never missed an opportunity to spend time in this Adirondack retreat along with family, especially his brother Stefan L. Addison and numerous cousins. He was always eager for the next “Adirondack adventure” and made Big Moose a special haven full of memories for his family.

In his retirement Bill was always busy with projects from woodworking to landscape painting. He enjoyed hiking, always with a Springer Spaniel at his side; skiing with friends and family, including an annual trip to Utah with the “Ski Bums;” and riding his Harley along coastal Maine roads. His greatest joy was his three grandchildren, Sarah, Bennett and Sophie. He taught his children and grandchildren his love of nature, the value of a close-knit family, the beauty of a great story, and the importance of satisfying a sweet tooth. Bill is deeply loved and missed by his family and his many friends.

Bill is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carole; his son John Addison (wife Laura) of Santa Fe, NM; his daughter Beth Eastridge (husband Jade) of Charlotte, NC; his three grandchildren, Sarah and Bennett Eastridge and Sophie Addison; his brother Stefan Addison (partner Elizabeth) of NY and FL; and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 19th at The First Congregational Church of Wiscasset, Maine at 2 pm, reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a personal donation at your local blood bank.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 19, 2013

Wilfred John Addison III

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April 16, 2014

Carole, Beth and John my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families with Bill's passing. I am sorry for your loss. Bill was a kind and gentle man, a one of a kind. I so enjoyed working for him in my 5 years at Saratoga Hospital.

Noreen Brady

Richard Fix

January 8, 2014

I just heard from a former northmen about Bill's passing. We had some wonderful times back then. My condolences are with you all at this difficult time.

Cindy Krause

October 8, 2013

So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Life is just too short. I will donate blood in Bill's name, this week.

October 7, 2013

We are saddened to hear of Bill's passing. We have fond memories of the short time we spent with both of you. Our thoughts are with you, and your family.
The McFaddens

Earl George

October 5, 2013

I just heard about Bill's passing. I will let our 1961 classmates know about it,may he rest in peace..Earl

Mick Curtis

October 5, 2013

Carol and family,
I am sorry for the loss of such a great guy. I have such wonderful memories of sharing time with Bill as kids...building forts in the snow, playing music at the house, and high school fun. I am happy he had such a great family with which to share life's adventures.

Mick Curtis

October 5, 2013

To the Addison Family,

Please know we are thinking of you at this time.

The Barbers

October 4, 2013

Dear Carol and Family,
So sorry to hear that Bill has left us. I have wonderful memories of you both in high school. You were beautiful people inside and out. Bill was always so joyous, positive, and just plain smart. were you!

My prayers are with you, Carole, as you mourn his passage.
Sincerely yours,
Patty Ruggiano Schmidt

Mike & Mary Jo Balog

October 2, 2013

Aunt Carol, John, Beth- The loss of our uncle, husband, father, brother and friend is so great that there are no words to express it. We love and support you in every way. Dec 20th will never be the same...

October 2, 2013

I am sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. Cheryl McInnis RN