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William J. Faccone, Sr. 1931 - 2024

In Loving Memory of William (Bill) Faccone, Sr.

William (Bill) Faccone, Sr. graced this world with his presence from September 11, 1931, until his peaceful departure in the New London Hospital, surrounded by loved ones, on May 13, 2024. Bill’s life's work was as diverse as his interests – from healing and philanthropy to vintage cars and jazz. 

Born to Angelo Andrew and Florence (Huntsinger) Faccone in Jersey City, New Jersey, Bill began his adult life with a commitment to community and country, serving honorably in the Korean War. Graduating from the Rutgers University College of Pharmacy in 1953, Bill served as Ward Master at the Army’s Field Hospital in Baumholder, Germany.

In 1954, after his military tour of duty, Bill married Norma Cushing, and they enjoyed a remarkable 70 -year partnership. Though Bill was a man of many passions, Norma would always be his greatest love: “The best thing I ever did was marry Norma,” Bill often said, “…and move to New London, New Hampshire.”

In 1965, they laid down roots in New London, raising three sons, William, Jr., Gary, and Keith.  In 1967, Bill established Colonial Pharmacy, which still serves the town of New London and neighboring communities to this day. His contributions to the pharmaceutical field extended to national chains and professional societies. In 1987, he received the prestigious Hygiea Award, Pharmacist of the Year for the State of New Hampshire, from A.H. Robbins Company.

Bill’s professional service was not his only contribution to the community. He was a founding member of the New London Rotary Club and a director of Lake Sunapee Bank. He was a member of various local organizations, including the American Legion Post #40, Heidelberg Lodge #92 of the International Order of Odd Fellows, the Boys Club of New London, the Kearsarge Chapter of the American Cancer Society, the Lake Sunapee Watch Committee, and the Lake Sunapee Weed Watch. He served on the New London Budget Committee and the New London Advisory Committee.

Bill’s many contributions to the community, alongside Norma’s, were recognized and celebrated in 2020 with the Third-of-a-Century Award from the New London Service Organization.

An enthusiast of antique cars, Bill and Norma found joy in showcasing his collection at numerous shows, often securing first-place trophies. His passions also included tennis, golf, cross country skiing, and playing the trumpet, filling the space around him with music ranging from lively jazz to soothing church hymns. Bill enjoyed boating and fishing on Big Lake Sunapee and in the Gulf of Mexico during their winter stays in Naples and Marco Island, Florida. He loved a good meal, most especially Italian food.

Bill leaves behind his beloved wife, Norma Faccone; sons William (Allison) Faccone, Jr., Gary Faccone, and Keith Faccone and partner Mark Pederson; grandchildren, Devon (Todd) Laufersweiler, William “Trey” (Kayla) Faccone III, and Tanya (Gabe) Rego Ugarte; great-grandchildren, Liam, Isabelle (Elle), Miles, Stevie, Emma Jean, Quinn, Knox, and Briggs; his brother James (Marie) Faccone; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Remembered as a quiet, steadfast man who cherished simple pleasures, Bill was a testament to the beauty of a life well-lived, defined by laughter and hard work. He was a beloved figure, a pillar of the community, and a veteran. Bill's legacy of devotion and community spirit will eternally resonate in the hearts of those who knew him.

The family will be forever grateful for the tender, loving care provided by Janet Davis and Linda Mitchell from the LSRVNA.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New London Hospital Hospice Care and the Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. at The First Baptist Church of New London, NH.


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