William F. “Bill” Sparks died on March 21, 2019 at Beth Israel Hospital in Plymouth after a long struggle with cancer. He was born January 1, 1947 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of William V. and Gloria M. Sparks. Bill graduated from Hingham High School in 1964, the Franklin Institute of Boston in 1966, volunteered for the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany from 1966 to 1969. Returning home he married his childhood sweetheart Lauren Melanson in 1970 and settled in Norwell, where he served as a volunteer Firefighter and EMT. They would have celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary later this year. For the next five years Bill worked in the insurance industry while they raised four daughters, Kristin, Keri, Kendra, and Katie.
In 1988 they moved to Falmouth where Bill served as security director for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. During his retirement he enjoyed volunteering and participating in local veterans organizations.
He is survived by his wife Lauren, four daughters: Kristin Gonsalves and her two children Mark and Katelyn of Falmouth; Keri Sanchez, her husband Carlos and their two children Alex, and Gabe of Hopkinton; Kendra Friel , her husband Pete, and their three boys Gavin, Logan, and
Ronan of Falmouth; Katie Sparks of Falmouth, and two brothers Robert Sparks of Edgartown, Thomas Sparks and his wife Joanne of Hopedale, and a sister, Joanne Sparks-Pessotti and her husband George of Nashua, New Hampshire, and his beloved canine companion Hunter.
Visiting hours will be from 4:00 -7:00 PM followed by a Memorial Service at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 26th in the Chapman, Cole, and Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street Main Street, Falmouth.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Disabled American Veterans, www.dav.org.