Walter R. Averill


Walter R. Averill, formerly of Edgartown, died at his home in Dowling Park, Florida, on June 23, just a few weeks shy of his 95th birthday.

Born in 1918 in Edgartown to Alfred and Ada Willoughby Averill, he was the sixth of seven children. As a young man he worked at the family bakery until 1940, when he joined the Army, serving in the Quartermaster Corps until 1945.

At the end of the war, he returned home. He was usually found in his garden or out scalloping.

In 1949, he returned to the Army, this time with the Signal Corps, until the Korean War ended in 1952.

When he came home again, he began his work at the Edgartown Post Office, where he stayed until he retired in 1975.

He moved to Florida in 1977 to be near two of his sisters. He lived at Advent Christian Village, happily growing flowers until his death.

He is survived by his sister Carol of North Carolina and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Alfred and Preston, and his sisters Dorotha, Alita, and Marion.

Services at the Old Westside Cemetery in Edgartown were private.

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