William Robbins Barringer passed away peacefully at home in Sun City West, Ariz., on Aug. 29, 2019.
He was devoted to family and his friends. He enjoyed the time he was able to spend with them, the conversations, the laughter and the sharing of new places and experiences. He worked to make these the best of times, and made each person feel special.
Bill, who was born Oct. 24, 1927, grew up on Long Island, New York, and moved to the Conway area in the early 1960s.
He owned and operated the Conway Insurance Agency for many years. He was active in the Conway Rotary Club and coached their Little League team for many seasons.
He served proudly as a representative to the Legislature of the state of New Hampshire, was a member of the board of selectman to the town of Conway, and also served on the police commission.
Bill was also an active Mason and a member of the Bektash Shriners of New Hampshire for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Priscilla Raynor Barringer, two children and their spouses, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Bill attended Leicester Junior College in Worcester County, Mass., and then completed a tour of duty in the Coast Guard. His devotion to country and community was unwavering.
Bill and Pris in their retirement years, moved to Florida and then to Arizona. He never slowed down and had many passions. One was travel, which brought him to travel a good portion of the globe.
Travel was not just a vacation a time to learn, grow and gain an appreciation of other cultures. His No. 1 love though, without question, was sailing the coast of Maine. He was an accomplished photographer as well and had some of his work published.
Skiing, tennis, hiking and canoeing was something Bill and the family also enjoyed very much. The state of New Hampshire has so much to offer, and he found a way to take it all in with every free moment.
Bill was an avid reader focusing on military strategy, the Civil War being his favorite subject. His collection of flags was like no other, again capturing his sense of pride and patriotism for his country. Somehow, he also found time to build some of the most elaborate sailing ship models, with details beyond description.
Bill always believed in doing the right thing, and in fairness to all. He was a great husband, father and friend. Everyone was always welcome in his home. Everyone was family. He created great memories that will last well beyond his years. He will be missed but not forgotten.
There will not be a traditional service as Bill asked to have his ashes spread along the coast of Maine, the place he cherished most.