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William B. Dalrymple Jr.

September 6, 1947February 8, 2021

William B. Dalrymple Jr., of Centerville, MA, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on February 8, 2021, after losing his brave battle with Covid 19.

Bill was a good man, proud to be Cape Cod born-and-raised, and happy to live life here on this beautiful peninsula. He loved his country, his family, his friends, his dogs, his Jeeps.... and pizza! A favorite quote of his (besides Mark Twain’s very famous one about New England weather) was, “Always do right: this will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” – also attributed to Mark Twain – and that’s how he tried to live his life.

He served his country in the army, posted in Europe during a time of conflict; contributed quietly in his own community as a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and other volunteer organizations; occasionally assisted in searches for missing persons with his beloved and talented search dog, Indie; and was always ready to lend a hand to someone in need. He loved being outdoors, was an avid environmentalist, and preserving open spaces was a cause dear to his heart.

Always active, Bill loved cross country skiing and snowshoeing, played for several years in adult hockey league, participated in hundreds of road races, several marathons and triathlons, and in recent years became a champion race walker.

One of his proudest achievements was returning to college when he was in his 40’s, and subsequently earning two degrees and several certificates. Bill had an extensive knowledge of local history, and so many interesting stories, that many of his friends suggested he should be a tour guide.

He was a member of the Elks, Cape Cod Athletic Club, National Association for Search and Rescue, Northeast Wilderness Search and Rescue, Tracking Club of Massachusetts, Cape Cod Genealogical Society, Historical Society of Santuit and Cotuit, and the Boston Map Society.

Son of the late William B. Dalrymple and the late Ida M. (Wilson) Dalrymple, Bill is survived by his wife Linda, daughters Kristen and Laura, and grandchildren Hunter, Kaitlin, Lily, and Noah. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to a local food bank, animal shelter, Toys for Tots, Barnstable Land Trust, or Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Visiting hours will be held at Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 160 West Main Street, Hyannis on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 9 – 11am with a prayer service from 11 – 11:15am, followed by burial at Mosswood Cemetery in Cotuit. For online condolences, please visit


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William B. Dalrymple Jr.

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Lois Fournier

February 28, 2021

My deepest sympathy at the loss of your husband, father, grandfather, friend. I remember first meeting Bill at a walk/run fundraiser in West Barnstable for Pete ? 30-40 years ago. It went on for a few years and I saw Bill there again. I was racewalking and Bill was running. Our paths crossed occasionally in the neighborhood as he was walking the dogs. He was always pleasant and a joy to encounter as we shared a little of our fitness routines.
May memories of your joyous times together bring you peace and comfort.
Lois Fournier

Rick Dwyer

February 27, 2021

I always looked forward to talking with Bill when I visited my mother Phyllis across the street. He was always pleasant and I will miss him. My condolences to his family
Rick Dwyer

Melissa Lane (Carter)

February 23, 2021

Mr. Dalrymple was always fun to chat with, even when I was just a kid and not there to chat with him at all. He would patiently answer 100 questions about his work even though he had only stopped into the house for lunch and didn't have much time. It's been 2.5 decades since I was in the Dalrymple house but I still have good memories. I'm sorry to see his time cut short. Laura and family: I wish you the best memories to soften your loss.

Curtis Evans

February 23, 2021

I have many memories of going to the Hyannis Fire Station , not for a fire; but to 'hang out' with Bill whose dad was fire chief! We knew each other through the church, and BHS. Billy was one of the first to extend the hand of friendship to me after my arrival from New York. I have always remembered. Rest in peace, Billy D.

John Townsend

February 22, 2021

I came to know Bill at the Monday night festivities at Cape Cod Beer following the weekly runs. We shared engaging conversations, many laughs, stories, beers and beverages. I and my fellow runners and walkers will all miss him. He would begin his power walking before we started our run. When we would catch up to him, I'd always shout, "We'll save you a beer!" So as you speed walk into eternity please remember to save a few for us. You are a good man. taken from us way too soon.

Stephanie Orfanos - McGee

February 21, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about Bills passing. He was a great friend to my father Manuel Orfanos. A long time co worker of my father, When my dad got sick and couldn't drive he always picked him up for the post office lunches.and other activities.. He was a very nice man with a kind heart . He will be missed by many.

Liz & Rosa Sousa

February 19, 2021

We are saddend to hear about the loss of our neighborhood friend Bill. We will miss hearing his stories and miss seeing him on our daily walks. He had so much knowledge on pretty much everything and was just a down to earth man.

May he rest in peace.

David Fouracre

February 19, 2021

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Bill will truly be missed by the members of the CCAC. The Club’s Grand Prix Races will never be the same, before, during and after, because of the energy he brought to each and every event. “Walk In Peace” my friend.

Mary Duchesney

February 19, 2021

Bill was such a proud member of the Cape Cod Athletic club he will be greatly missed. Always welcoming to new runners or walkers at every race. He was a fixture at all the local 5k’s and it won’t be the same without him. Deepest condolences to his family

Molly Sullivan

February 13, 2021

Bill was such a genuinely nice person. I met him at the Wednesday evening run/walk class. I loved his concise, yet remarkably fact filled, race reports. His favorite part was describing the food and beer available post race. He truly enjoyed those races and the socializing after. His trivia knowledge was to be envied and unsurpassed. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to his family for the too early passing of this gentle man.