Rock Funeral Home


William Jennings

January 9, 1943April 1, 2021

William (Bill) Jennings, 78, of New Bedford, passed away at home after a long illness on Thursday April 1, 2021. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Paula (Touchette), who he loved very much.

Born in Fall River, son of the late William and Sylvia (Dias) Jennings. Bill worked a long career in medical imaging. He began as a technologist and finished in management. His job allowed for a lot of travel for he and Paula which they loved. In retirement Bill was an active board member of the New Bedford Council on Aging.

Bill will be remembered by all for his “interesting humor”; his intelligence, his questions he had for everyone and the love he had for his family.

Survivors include daughter Kristine Tavares and her husband Brian Donohoe, son Michael Jennings, sister Barbara Albernaz, 4 grandchildren, Erin Tavares, Andrew Jennings, Jacob Tavares, and Benjamin Jennings. He is predeceased by his younger brother John Jennings. He leaves three brother-in-laws he loved, Butch Nogueira, Jeff Albernaz and Bob Touchette, and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be private through ROCK FUNERAL HOME, 1285 Ashley Blvd. New Bedford, MA 02745. For online tributes please visit our website at

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Lung Association


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Bob Whalley

April 10, 2021

I will always remember the times Bill and I shared with our friends in the Columbus Park area. Playing sports and "just having fun".

Not only a good athlete, Bill was a natural vocalist who could sing a song like any of the big groups from the 50's. In fact he sang for Cheryl and I at the Church for our wedding in 1964.

My condolences to all the Jennings family.

Bob Whalley

Ray Gomes

April 9, 2021

Paula and family,
I just found out about Bill's passing. Bill was just one month older than me, and we were good friends throughout our childhood and teenage years. I remember many times visiting his home on Consul St. In fact, I worked for Bill's father (quite a jokester!) at the Fall River Florist Supply, so I got to know the family well. We also played basketball together at St Anthony of Padua. I last saw Bill on one of my trips back home about five years ago when we got together with some other St Anthony guys at a little bar near Columbus Park and reminisced about the "old days". Although I never knew his children, I do remember Barbara and John from my visits to their home. Please extend my condolences to Barbara.
With sympathy (and fond memories),
Ray Gomes

Michael Gavigan

April 6, 2021

Paula, my condolences. Haven’t seen you and Bill since the Myer and Jan days. Time has not dulled my memories of midnight card games in the stone house and fun at your reception at Thad’s. May my old friend Rest In Peace. Mike Gavigan

Alan & Andrea Kreiss

April 6, 2021

Paula & family,

So sorry for your loss.

Andi & Alan

Ronald Schwartz

April 6, 2021

Paula , please accept my sympathy on the passing of Bill.

Ronald Schwartz, MD

Marilyn Rigby

April 6, 2021

Paula and family,

So sorry for your loss..



David Touchette

April 5, 2021

Dear Paula and family, I'm saddened by the passing of Bill. Sorry we have lost contact with each other but know I and Celeste are thinking of you all. Sincerely, David Touchette

Barbara Albernaz

April 3, 2021

Bill, thank you for being the best brother. You were always patient with me. We played Jack and the beanstalk where you stood on a chair and I climbed to your head and one day I fell and broke my arm. Once you held my pajama bottoms and said I could jump into them .i jumped right over you head and knocked out 5 baby teeth on the bureau. After that mom and dad didn"t go out much. You took me on one of your first dates with Paula just because mom asked you to. I sat between you at the drive in. You brought me to a Jimi Hendrix concert in Providence and were right there waiting when it was over. I cried when you left for college. When you went away to boot camp. When you moved to Colorado. I was so happy when you came home to live after you moved to Florida. I am so glad I had that spur of the moment party in August days after I got out of the hospital. That was the last time I saw you. Always in my heart Bill. I love you. Your little sister.Barbara

Lynne Evans

April 2, 2021

Kris, I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. He sounds like a wonderful man who had a love of family and travel. Losing a loved one is so difficult. Keep your memories close to your heart. You will meet again. My sincere condolences to you, Brian and your family. Lynne Evans

Jeff Luke

April 2, 2021

Mike- very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Sending prayers to you and your family at this difficult time. Sending our love and sincere condolences. If you need anything please don’t hesitate to call.