William M. Rice

January 26, 1949December 20, 2012

On Thursday, December 20, William “Bill” Rice (63) of Canterbury, NH died after a prolonged illness with cancer. Bill was born in Yonkers, NY, on January 26, 1949, the only child of William and Edna Rice. His family moved to Clearwater, Florida, where he graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry. Bill fell in love with New England while receiving his Master’s in Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire in 1974. Bill met his future wife Kathy in 1977 in Durham. They married in 1978. After living and working as a Quality Control Organic Chemist for two years in New Martinsville, WVA, Bill and Kathy moved to Canterbury in 1981 where the family still resides. Bill worked at NH DES for 10 years. After working for two years as an organic chemist, he was promoted to the Lab Director after two years. In 1988, Bill and Kathy started their environmental laboratory testing business Aquarian Analytical, Inc. in Canterbury, which is still in operation to this day. One of his passions was becoming a private pilot. He loved giving aerial plane rides for friends, family and clients. Aerial photography became another important hobby. His other passions were computer programming, electronics, snowmobiling and boating with friends and family.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of thirty four years, and his three children, William, Robert and Virginia all of Canterbury.

Calling hours will be from 4-8pm on Friday, December 28 at Bennett Funeral Home, 209 North Main Street, Concord. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 29 at 12 Noon at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 180 Loudon Road, Concord.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Giving Program, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110 or the Robin Hood which currently assisting the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Friday, December 28, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 29, 2012

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Diane Modugno

January 4, 2013

Dear Kathy, My heart is heavy with sadness to hear of Bill's passing. Please know that you and your children are in my thoughts, and I will keep all of you in my prayers.

Tom Bobowski

December 28, 2012

Kathy and Family, Bill has been a big part of my personal health and wellbeing and a great friend to me and my family at a difficult time of our need. I will miss his laughter, his joy of flying, his thrill of fast boating, and his consistent devotion to his family. He was a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Terri (Gontarz) Collins

December 27, 2012

Kathy I was sad to hear of Bill's passing. It was a great privilege to work for you and Bill and get to know your whole family. You are all in my prayers. If it wasn't for Bill I never would have seen such a beautiful aerial view of Mount Washington in the winter :)

Cheryl Wood

December 27, 2012

Kathy and Family; very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Cheryl Wood

December 26, 2012

Kathy, Those of us at ESI who know Bill send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. We will miss the quiet thoughtful way Bill graced the NH laboratory community. We plan to be represented Friday .

Bud, Russ, Petra and Ken

Barbie Tilton

December 26, 2012

Kathy, I am so sorry to hear of Bills passing. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Laura Souther-O'Brien

December 26, 2012

Dear Kathy and family,
I was so sorry to hear of Bill's passing, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during the difficult time.

Lloyd Greenberg

December 25, 2012

Dear Kathy, William, Robert, and Virginia
I am a childhood friend of Bill...
I've been friends with Bill since Jr. HS... Even though we lost touch from time to time over the last 50 years, somehow we were always able to reconnect in some fashion...
I will miss him very much...
I have so much to tell you about his childhood, teenage, and early adult years that I will write( e-mail) you a narrative today that you may keep private or share with others...
You are in our prayers always...
Lloyd Greenberg.