S. William Larson
July 31, 1928 – May 30, 2021
S. William Larson July 31, 1928 - May 30, 2021 S. William (Bill) Larson, 92 of Toms River, NJ, formerly of West Springfield, MA, died at home on May 30, 2021 with family and loved ones close by. His beloved wife and best friend for more than 60 years, Lois June (Morehead) Larson predeceased him. Bill was born in Worcester, MA to the late Swan Malcolm and Beatrice (Schofield) Larson. Bill will be dearly missed by those he leaves behind. He is survived by his daughters Cheryl Christiansen and husband Chris of Pine Beach, NJ and Cindy Larson Moura and husband Ed of Barrington, RI; two grandchildren, Brian Christiansen of Pine Beach, NJ and Jessica Christiansen of Bayville, NJ; a sister Joan Battye and her late husband Gordon of Paxton, MA; and a nephew Greg Heath and wife Judy of Andover, MA. He was predeceased by three sisters, Louise B. Larson and Ruth Larson both of Worcester, MA, and Dorothy Heath and her husband Frank of Auburn, MA. Following his education in the Worcester Public Schools, he received a B.S. in Chemistry from Marietta College in Ohio as well as a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Hartford, CT. He attended Naval Officer Training programs in Washington, DC and Newport, RI. Bill served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, deployed as a Gunnery Officer on the USS Des Moines. He began his career as a Research Chemist at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology but found his calling when he went to work at Hamilton Standard where he would play an essential role in the development of electron beam welding systems that remain widely in use today in fields including aerospace, defense, medical and power. Bill followed the product in its eventual transition to Leybold-Heraeus and later PTR-Precision Technologies, where he worked as an International Sales Engineer until his retirement in 1995. Following retirement, Bill became involved in his community, volunteering with the West Springfield Council on the Aging where he served on the Board and provided health insurance navigation and tax preparation counseling to seniors in need of support. He loved the Red Sox, art, music, magic, antiquing, the rocky New England shoreline, a great story, a good seafood dinner and encouraging his daughters and grandchildren to reach for the stars. His family wishes to thank and recognize Cherry Morales who devotedly cared for Bill during his final years, as well as all the family members and friends who brought him joy throughout his life. He asks that you please remember him by showing a kindness to another, helping someone in need, or making a donation in his honor to an organization of your choice. Per Bill’s request, there will be no formal services. His family bids him “Fair Winds and Following Seas” and will celebrate his life on a future date at the Marginal Way in Ogunquit Maine, which will be his final resting place.