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William Durr "Bill" Calvert, Sr
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Birth: Aug. 16, 1937
Belmont County
Ohio, USA
Death: Feb. 1, 1987
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA

William Durr Calvert

Bill was born prematurely when his parents from Westwood, MA. were visiting her parents' home in Ohio, and Bill was delivered by his grandfather, William Edward Durr, M.D.

Through his mother, Bill was a descendant of Capt. Martin Weybright, III, who fought with the Lancaster County (PA) Militia during the Revolutionary War and who settled outside of Dayton, OH, before 1803.

Martin Weybright I, his wife and their son Martin II arrived in Philadelphia from Germany in 1730 and settled in Lancaster, PA.

Though his father who was born in Ireland, Bill was a first generation American.

He attended Peirce School and Levi F. Warren Jr. High School in West Newton, MA, and Manatee County High School in Bradenton, FL., from which he graduated in 1955.

His dream of playing football for Manatee was shattered by a badly broken collarbone he suffered the day before the family moved to Florida with a stopover in Ohio. It was set at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and he was put in a cast from his waist to his neck. After arriving in Bradenton, it was found the bone had not set right and had to be surgically reset at Bradenton General Hospital by inserting a metal coil, which was later removed. He was still able to sing and played a leading role in MCHS's production of the Mikado that year.

After graduation from high school, he was accepted at Florida State University (FSU), but decided to join the Coast Guard instead. After completing basic training at Cape May, NJ, he was stationed in Groton, CT, Brenton Reef Lightship, RI, Argentia, Newfoundland, and Boston, MA., where one of his duty assignments was driving the admiral who was commandant of the 1st Coast Guard District. He much preferred sea duty, though.

After completing his four years of active duty, he stayed in Boston and attended Franklin Tech and Northeastern Univ.

He became a licensed electrician and worked for the Christian Science Center in Boston which sent him to elevator school in Milwaukee so that he could work on their elevators. He had to stop working after he became incapacitated by MS.

Bill married first Virginia Reynolds, Aug, 1961, at Porter Congregational Church, Brockton, MA. No issue. Divorced.

He married second Donna Marie Nordquist on April 15, 1967, at Kings Chapel in Boston, MA. They had one daughter, Lucinda Marie Calvert,and one son, William D. Calvert, Jr. The marriage ended in divorce on Dec. 20, 1983, in Billings, MT.

In the early 1970s Bill was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at the Emergency Room (ER) of the Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where he presented with the classic symptoms of that disease. Unfortunately little was known then about MS and there were no treatments available. Unlike many MS patients who experience periods of remission, Bill suffered from a severe progressive form of the disease.

Bill and Donna and their children lived in Dedham, MA until 1979 when they moved to Port St, Lucie, FL. The next year they went to Cooke City, MT, where her mother had given them the former CALSO gas station at the Nordquist Cottages, They lived there for one year before returning to Boston.

While in Montana, Bill spent time in the VA Hospital in Miles City, where nerve blocks were done which left him a paraplegic.

After returning to Boston Bill was in the Jamaica Plain VA Hospital for a while before being transferred in the fall of 1983 to St. Camillus Hospital for Chronic Diseases at 447 Hill Street in the village of Whitinsville in the town of Northbridge, MA. By that time he was legally blind and had only limited use of his arms.

His great love during that time was listening to his all band AM-FM shortwave radio, which kept having to be replaced because it got knocked over and broken or "disappeared."

He died at St. Camillus on Sunday morning, Feb. 1, 1987.

On February 7, 1987, a memorial service was held for him at All Saints Episcopal Church in Jensen Beach, FL, after which his ashes were interred in the family plot in All Saints Cemetery.

He was Past Worshipful Master of Joseph Webb Lodge, F&AM, Boston, MA.


Bill was also a photographer. His unfulfilled dream was to open a photographic studio in Camden, Maine. He loved visiting with his family in Maine and the Maritime Provinces of Canada.

Bill's love of the sea began as a boy when he took sailing lessons in the Charles River Basin in Boston, took hold when he was in high school and living on Anna Maria Island in FL, intensified during his Coast Guard service and continued in his later ownership of his own sailboat, his beloved "Snow Goose."

''Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.''

Robert Louis Stevenson

May he rest in peace.

Family links: 
  George Benjamin Calvert (1889 - 1976)
  Gertrude Durr Calvert (1907 - 1983)
  Lucinda Marie Calvert Rykowski (1969 - 2012)*
  George Benjamin Calvert (1934 - 2004)*
  William Durr Calvert (1937 - 1987)
*Calculated relationship
Wm. Durr
U.S. Coast Guard
II Cor. 12:9
[And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (KJV)]

All Saints Cemetery
Jensen Beach
Martin County
Florida, USA
Plot: 4 East of Blk 5 67
Maintained by: Martin Weybright
Originally Created by: Ken & Nancy
Record added: Aug 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28982423
William Durr Bill Calvert, Sr
Added by: Martin Weybright
William Durr Bill Calvert, Sr
Added by: Martin Weybright
William Durr Bill Calvert, Sr
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