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William C. (Sr.) Longley

September 29, 1936 ~ November 12, 2020 (age 84)

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     Woolwich - William C. Longley Sr., 84, of West Longley Drive passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.

     He was born in Bath on September 29, 1936, a son of Cyrus W. and Annie E. (Chandler) Longley.   Bill attended Bath schools and graduated from Morse High School, Class of 1955.  He entered the United States Navy and served for 2 years. Bill married his childhood sweetheart, Margaret L. Hanscom on March 3, 1957. Bill joined the Bath Fire Department call force and served many years with his father and brother and achieved the level of Lieutenant of Engine Four. He was employed at Bath Iron Works for 40 years retiring as a material’s designer. 

     Bill enjoyed spending time on his tractor’s, bird watching and especially spending time with family and grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also was an early member of “BOX 19” a group of active and retired firefighters who refurbished old engines to be used in parades.

  Bill was happiest when he was able to share a story or help others.

   He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret L. Longley in September of 1990, his great grandson, Gabriel J. Riley, one brother Walter A. Longley, three sisters, Joan R. Brown, Marilyn L. Staling and Diane G. Longley.

    He is survived by one son, William C. Longley Jr. and his wife Gale Longley of Woolwich, one daughter, Janice L. Brooker and her husband, James Brooker Sr. of Woolwich, his longtime friend, Carol Sue Musk of Bath, 5 grandchildren, Melissa Longley of Woolwich, Abbie Longley of Bath, James Brooker Jr. of Saco, Amy Mcllwain of Gray, Betsy Hunt of Phippsburg, 9 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.  

     Burial will be held with friends and family at a later date at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bath. Memorial contributions may be made to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Maine Medical Center, Philanthropy Dept., 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, 04102 or  Arrangements are by Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High Street, Bath.  Condolences may be made online at


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