Raphael William “Bill” Haley, 81, of West Swanzey, died peacefully in his sleep February 19, 2015, after a period of failing health. He was born in Kittery, ME, July 24, 1933, son of Harold H. Haley and Marguerite J. (McDonald) Haley.
He grew up in Kittery, where he attended Traip Academy, graduating in 1951. After that, he studied accounting at Woodrow Wilson Technical School in Fisherville, VA. He also attended the University of Illinois.
His first job was with Davidson Construction Company, as a payroll clerk, when they were building Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, NH. He then went on to work for the Naval Shipyard, in Kittery for ten years.
In 1962 he met Carol A. Nichols and they were married on July 6, 1963.
Soon after they married, they moved to Keene, NH. There Mr. Haley took a job with Markem Corporation, where he worked for almost thirty years, retiring in 1995.
Throughout his life he enjoyed building model airplanes, woodworking, and reading.
Survivors include his wife Carol A. (Nichols) Haley, his three children: Kathleen Pinkowski and her husband Paul of Lusby, MD, Christopher Haley and his wife Shari of Scottsdale, AZ, and Patrick Haley of Lexington Park, MD; six grandchildren, Zachary Haley, Tyler Haley, and Cody Haley of Scottsdale, AZ and Jennie Rose (Pinkowski) Masengale and her husband Darren, Katie Lynn Pinkowski, and Ann Marie Pinkowski of Lusby, MD; his sister Barbara (Haley) Phillips of Augusta, ME; his brother Frank Haley and his wife Joan of Farmington, ME; and his nieces and nephews.
Mr. Haley is pre-deceased by his brother, Harold Haley, his sister-in-law Francoise (LeClerc) Haley, and his brother-in-law John Phillips.
Mr. Haley was a communicant of Saint Anthony Parish and Saint Stanislaus Parish.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Wednesday, February 25 at 2:00 PM at Cheshire Family Funeral Home, 46 South Winchester Street, West Swanzey, NH.
In lieu of flowers his family would prefer donations to either the March of Dimes, who gave Mr. Haley assistance when he was stricken with polio in 1949, at 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605, or Catholic Charities, PO Box 686, Manchester, NH 03105-0686.