William Paul Hendel “Uncle Bill”, 75, of West Falmouth passed away at home after an extended illness on Friday, July 28.
He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on August 30, 1941. He was the son of Eugene G. and Simone G. Hendel. Bill graduated from Springfield Cathedral High School and joined the Army in 1963 and served in Germany for 2 years. He returned home to work as a floral designer for Longmeadow Flowers. In 1970 he moved to Cape Cod where he was hired by H.V. Lawrence as a floral designer. He worked for Travers Landscaping for a brief time until he was hired by Bill Weaner to manage Uncle Bill’s Country Store which he managed for 30 years.
Bill was an avid collector. Entering his home was like visiting a museum. His rooms were filled with Christmas decorations, Santa’s, Crèches, steins and numerous other collectables. For many years, his historic home was on the Christmas House Tours. He loved music and followed pipe organ concerts. He loved gardening and beautiful flowers. He had been on the board at Highfield Hall, was a member the Cape Cod Creche Society and was a supporter of the West Falmouth Library
He is survived by his brother Frederick E Hendel (wife Maureen), two nephews Paul (wife Robin) and Kevin (wife Rosella), three great nephews, one great niece, an aunt, Pauline Mulak, and numerous cousins.
He leaves a life-long friend Robert O’Connor and special friends Merrill and Frances Davis, Danielle Guay, Gertrude Guay, Marie Basmajian, Greg and Carole Littell, Deborah Littell, Joe and Diane Strazzulla and Dharshini Joseph.
The burial will take place at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 10:45.
Donations may be made in memory of William P. Hendel to the West Falmouth Library, PO Box 1209, West Falmouth, MA 02574 and to the Highfield Hall & Gardens, PO Box 494, Falmouth MA 02541.
The Hendel family would like to send a special prayer of gratitude to all the wonderful nurses who cared for Bill throughout his illness. A heart felt thank you goes out to Lisa and Nancy.