William H. Prentiss

July 2, 1929May 12, 2018

Our community is saddened by the passing of a renowned businessman and activist for many, with the passing of William H. Prentiss 88, of West Chesterfield, NH, on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at the Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland, NH.

His parents, John W. and Grace M. (Bennett) Prentiss proudly welcomed their son into the world in Keene, NH on July 2, 1929. He attended Tabor Academy and later studied at Bowdoin College in Maine.

He married Aurelia Eugenia Albrecht on February 6, 1954. Aurelia “Rae” predeceased Bill on February 13, 2010.

A dedicated and hard worker, Bill ran the Keene Sentinel Printing Company from the time of his father’s death in 1954 until 1980 when he sold the business and retired. He later went to work for Jack Bradshaw for several years.

Always wanting to help others, Bill served those within the community for 62 years as an active member of the Keene Lions Club and also served with his daughter, Pam, in the Chesterfield Lions Club. He was also a member of the Masonic organization for over 65 years; and a member of the Shriners. He was a member of Scottish Rite where he was the recipient of the of 33rd Degree and Meritorious Service Award. Bill was also involved with the Rural Improvement Association for several years and served as their treasurer.

Bill and Rae loved to camp in their motorhome and would winter in Claremont, FL where their nephew, Don M. Sowers, lives. They were members of the White Mountain Ramblers RV Club where he held the office of treasurer.

He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Keene, and sang in their choir for many years. He also sang with the Keene Cheshiremen Barbershop Chorus and sang in a quarter, “Two Brothers and Two Others”, for many years.

Bill will be greatly missed by many in the community, especially his family including his children, John W. Prentiss, Sr. and his wife, Barbara B. Prentiss, of Dedham, ME, Stephen B. Prentiss and his wife, Diane Giachetto Prentiss, of Lenexa, KS, Pamela E. Prentiss of West Chesterfield, Laura Prentiss Mainhood and her husband, Roderick W. Mainhood, of West Chesterfield; his grandchildren, John W. Prentiss, Jr. and his wife, Stephanie, of Dedham, ME, Abigail Prentiss of Enfield, NY, Michael M. Prentiss and his wife, Julianna, of Holden, ME, Jeremy M. Prentiss of Olathe, KS, Brandon N. Prentiss and his wife, Ashley, of Olathe, KS, Justin M. Prentiss of Topeka, KS; his great-grandchildren, Maggie Prentiss, Ayda Prentiss and Liam Prentiss; as well as several cousins, great-nephews and extended family.

There will be a Masonic Service for William and a private family service at a later date.

For those who wish, donations may be made in his memory to the Dyslexia Center of Nashua, 200 Main Street, Nashua, NH 03060: Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01140: or Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation of New Hampshire, Inc. P.O. Box 970, Concord, NH 03302-0970.


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Debbie Gline Allen

May 18, 2018

Thinking of you all with fond memories of the church choir and Rainbow/Masonic activities. Such a sweet and caring man.

Peter Robertson

May 15, 2018

The first memory I have of Bill was when I was 8 years old and he was a teenager. My mom and my siblings were staying at the Robertson cottage at Spofford during the summer of 1943. Bill and his friends seemed akin to friendly giants to me.

In later life, he and I shared our experiences in Korea. His experiences came from the fighting of the Korean War in which he was an officer in a field artillery battery. Mine came from two tours ten years apart following the signing of an armistice between the combatants.

He was a gentle kind man and will be missed by many.