The Rev. William L. Bixby

The Rev. William L. Bixby

Passed on Wednesday, 09 June 2021
The Rev. William Lyford Bixby passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 9, 2021 in Dover, New Hampshire.  He is survived by two sons: Nathan Bixby and his wife Naomi Driesen of New Haven, CT, and Peter Bixby and his wife Jessica Bolker of Dover, NH, and three grandchildren: Aliyah Bixby-Driesen of Philadelphia, PA and her fiancé Michael Dewar, Solomon Bixby of Dover, NH, and Eleanor Bolker of Dover, NH.

Born in Davenport, Iowa, Bill graduated from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and served as the pastor of congregations in South Beaver, IA; Mount Desert Island, ME; Meriden, CT; and Attleboro Falls, MA.  As the nature of parish work shifted in the early 1970's, Bill left formal ministry and began a career with the State of Massachusetts as a disability claims analyst, and later a vocational specialist.  After retiring in 1996, he was able to bring new focus to his life-long interest in watercolor painting. He was invited to join the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, participating in several shows. His work ranges from landscapes of the Newfoundland coast to commissioned house "portraits," to a remarkable cityscape of Boston's Faneuil Hall district.

He and his wife Joanne spent many happy years enjoying camping, canoeing and biking. He would sketch and paint and she would write poetry.  Bill had a profound faith in God. He reveled in the beauty of the world, whether revealed as the depth of field in a landscape spread before him, a garden of roses that inspired a poem, or the infinitude of stars and galaxies in the night sky. He appreciated those around him as unique creations of God, and treated everyone with a charming kindness and grace. He died knowing that his life had been blessed, and that he would be rejoining his beloved wife, Joanne.

A service celebrating his life was held at Second Congregational Church in Attleboro, MA on August 7th, 2021 at 10 AM, where he and his late wife Joanne had been active members for nearly 50 years.  Donations in his honor can be made to Second Congregational Church in Attleboro, to the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, or to Planned Parenthood.
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