On Nov. 19, 2018, Bill Eva, of Hancock, passed away suddenly doing what he loved, working on his family farm.
Bill was born on Sept. 5, 1936 to Adella (Canterbury) and William James “Jimmy” Eva of Hancock.
Bill Eva’s early days instilled his complete love of nature, being outdoors, responsible hunting and fishing, and maple sugaring. Bill attended the Hancock Grammar School and Hancock High School. He played basketball for Hancock High. Bill finished high school at the Woodstock (Vt.) Country School. He attended AFROTC at Oberlin College and at UNH where he graduated with a degree in general physical sciences. After serving 21 years in the U.S. Air Force, Bill retired from the Strategic Air Command as a lieutenant colonel.
In 1955, Bill married his sweetheart Carol Benedict. They have three children — Dale, Deb and Don. Bill was a devoted, loving husband and family man. Bill found great joy in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
When Bill retired, he returned to his home in Hancock and established Longview Forest Products. He was community minded and involved with many organizations: past president of the N.H. Maple Producers Association, N.H. delegate for the International Maple Producers Institute, and a representative to North American Maple Syrup Council. Bill also was on the board of directors for N.H. Maple Museum.
Beyond family, Bill was dedicated to serving his community. He was an active member of the Hancock Fire Department for over 16 years, rising to the rank of captain. He served on town boards and assisted whoever and whenever he was needed without expecting recognition. Bill was also a lifelong blood donor donating several hundred pints over the years. He’ll be remembered for his easygoing nature and warm smile.
Bill is survived by his wife, Carol (Benedict) Eva; his children, William “Dale” Eva Jr. of Boulder, Colo., Debra (Eva) Thompson and husband, Mark Thompson, of Hancock, Donald Paul Eva and wife, Gayla (Hughgill) Eva, of Lyndeborough; grandchildren, Spencer Thompson and wife, Katy (O’Brien) Thompson, and Ryan Leigh Thompson; great-grandchildren, Madelynn and Noah Thompson; sister, Barbara (Eva) Caverly and her daughters, Brenda, Beverly and Belinda; numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. Bill is predeceased by his parents, Adella and William James Eva; “Aunt” Catherine “Kay” Moore (cousin); and brother-in-law, Ralph Caverly.
Memorial visiting hours will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hancock Fire Station, NH Route 137, Hancock.
Known for his kindness, honesty and humility, and for his community commitment, in lieu of flowers, Bill would be pleased if you donated to the Hancock Fire Department (or local department), or if you donated blood or contributed in any positive way to your community. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.jellisonfuneralhome.com.