Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Robert and Loretta (Nelson) Stone and the brother of the late Robert and Theodore Stone. A graduate of Waltham High School, Bill served his country, enlisting with the United States Coast Guard, and was honorably discharged after one enlistment on the USCG Cutter Casco (WAVP 370). Following his discharge, he attended the Boston School of Architecture.
He was an avid fisherman, and shared his interest through the years with anyone fortunate enough to cross his path near a body of water. He was a member of the New England Fly Tying Association, and a former Marlborough Fish and Game Club member.
While he was self-employed as a commercial realtor for over 40 years in the MetroWest, he gained membership within the National Association of Realtors.
Fishing may have been Bill's interest, but his passion was his family. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara May (Walsh) Stone of Marlborough; his daughter, Cheryl (Stone) and her husband Martin Foley of Marlborough; and his son, William D. Stone and Ruthie Fowler of Hickory, N.C. He was also very proud of his beloved grandsons, Timothy Foley of San Fransisco, Ca.; USCG BM2 Daniel Foley, stationed in Boston; and Jared Stone of Denver, Co., and his sister, Virginia Dahlin of Sterling.
Bill was a frequent visitor of Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod, often in pursuit of various fishing adventures with friends and family. He could also be found at local yard sales, or tinkering and inventing in his basement.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, June 12, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Slattery Funeral Home, 40 Pleasant St., Marlborough. A funeral service will be celebrated Thursday, June 13, at 11 a.m., at The First Church in Marlborough (Congregational), 37 High St., Marlborough. Private burial will be held at the National Cemetery in Bourne.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Church (Congregational), 37 High St., Marlborough, MA 01752.