William L Hubner, Sr
Departed in Melbourne, Florida on September 12, 2018
At 87 years of age, William passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Melbourne, FL on September 12th, 2018. He was born on May 16th, 1931 in Chelsea, MA where he was raised before becoming a long-time resident of Saugus, MA.
Bill was appointed to the Chelsea Fire Dept. in 1968, he was promoted to Lieutenant in 1971 and made the rank of Captain in 1982. He retired from the dept. in 1992 after 24 years of service. He was a member of Chelsea PFF Local 937 and served in the US Army, 3rd Armored Division while stationed in Germany. He was a graduate of Everett Vocational High School, the New England Linotype School and North Shore Community College where he earned an Associate in Science Degree with High Honors. Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Betty (Abramofsky) Hubner, his three children, Betty Penney (William) of Voorhees, NJ, William Hubner, Jr. of Saugus, MA and Gail Palingo (Mark) of Saugus, MA. Five grandchildren, Daniel Penney, Steven Penney (Erica), Amanda Mogauro (Robert), Randy Hubner and Marc Hubner. Two great grandchildren, Aaron Hubner and Tyler Mogauro. Bill is also survived by brother-n-laws, sister-n-laws, many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, friends and his beloved dog Chelsea. Bill was predeceased by his parents, Edward J. Hubner Sr. and Alice Watson Hubner, sister, Elaine B. Yakoobian, and brother’s Edward J. Hubner Jr. and Charles A. Hubner.
Bill enjoyed weight lifting to stay physically fit and was an avid athlete throughout his entire life. He played on his high school basketball team and local football teams. He twice completed the Boston Marathon in addition to numerous other running races. He competed for two decades in the National Veterans Golden Age Games earning gold medals in table tennis in addition to medals in swimming, biking, running, and shot put. He competed in the Florida Senior Games where he earned several gold medals in table tennis. He was a long-time member of the Greater Palm Bay Senior Center where he enjoyed playing social table tennis during much of his leisure time. In his younger days, Bill raced stock cars and became a big fan of NASCAR racing. Bill also enjoyed spending leisure time boating and fishing.
Funeral from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home 718 Broadway CHELSEA on
Friday September 21, at 10:00 A.M. Followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, Chelsea Soldiers Home 91 Crest Ave, Chelsea at 11:00 A.M. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Thursday from 4 – 8 P.M. A private burial service will be held on Monday September 24th, 2018 at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA. Funeral Home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.
Should friends desire, contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to The Chelsea Fireman’s Relief Association, P.O. Box 505616 Chelsea, MA 02150.
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