William D. Creighton
MISSION, Texas – William D. Creighton, 81, formerly of Woburn, Mass., and Jamestown, N.Y., passed away at his residence on June 30, 2013.
Bill was born in Brook-lyn, N.Y., on Oct. 2, 1931, to William D. and Marie (Cormier) Creighton. Bill attended Boston University, and was veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1954-56. He was a 40-year employee of American Locker Security Systems, a division of AVM Corporation in numerous positions starting as the office stock boy and retiring as vice president and general manager. He was privileged to assist in making his company the world’s leader of that industry traveling to more than 30 countries, and retiring in 1991.
He last resided in Mission, Texas, and spent more than 35 years in the James-town, N.Y. area. Previously, he had lived in Philadel-phia, Chicago and Los Angeles. He was raised in Boston by great-aunts, and married Barbara Vyncke. They lived in Woburn, Mass., until moving to Jamestown in 1966.
He enjoyed many hobbies, especially model airplanes, which he built for more than 65 years. He also enjoyed antique and classic cars, NASCAR and travel-ling in the motor homes of which he owned three including a converted bus which he drove for more than 17 years. The highlight of his early life was the involvement he had with automobile racing culminating with being a member of the pit crew on the second-place car at the 1953 Indianapolis 500 race when he was only 22 years old.
He is survived by his longtime loving wife, Lu-cile Hasley; his daughter, Doreen Powell who resides in Buffalo, N.Y.; three grandchildren: Christopher Powell (Lynn) of Florida, David Powell (Amanda) and Nicole (Patrick) Donavan of Buffalo; and several great-grandchildren. Also, he had three half-sisters: Dolores Dawson of Bedford, N.H., and twins: Bette Burrill and Susan Creigh-ton of Rockland, Mass. He was especially close to Nathan, Amy and William Powell of Lancaster, N.Y., his former son-in-law.
He was a member of many organizations, Academy of Model Aeronautics, Experimental Aircraft Association, life member of Antique Automobile Club of America and Chautauqua Lake Region, the Vikings Lodge and Lakewood Rod and Gun Club of Jamestown, Family Motor Coach Association, AARP, Rabboni Lodge of AF and AM of Massachusetts, NRA and Automobile Association of America amongst others.
He will be cremated and his ashes dispersed at both the Creighton family plot, Greenlawn Cemetery, Medway, Mass., and with Lucile in Kansas City, Mo.