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William Lee Rice
October 26, 1939 ~ January 29, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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William Lee Rice, 84, known affectionately to friends and family as Bill, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 29, 2024, at the Hattie Ide Chaffee Home in East Providence, Rhode Island. Born on October 26, 1939, in Seattle, Washington, Bill was a man of warmth and creativity, whose passion for life touched everyone he knew.
Bill's journey began as the son of the late Okie and Annabelle (Eastwood) Rice and grew to encompass a wide circle of love and connection. He was the devoted husband of Martha Rice Sanders, and father to Jason Rice of Island Heights, New Jersey. As a stepfather, he provided guidance and support to Daniel Beshers of Halifax, MA, and Edward Beshers of Natick, MA. Bill's siblings, Rory Rice of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Jennifer Mudie of Kent, Washington, remember him as a cherished brother, along with memories of their late brother John Rice. His role as a grandfather to Jackson Rice, Frances Morgan Rice, and step-grandfather to Rory, Wesley, Davia, and Nessa Beshers was filled with joy, laughter, and countless treasured moments. He was also the uncle of Dassie Brandt
For over two decades, Bill served as a manager of photo services in the photography lab for Brown University, and also the special collection libraries at Brown, and would photograph them and make them print ready. Bill also did a lot of work with Brown Medical School, preparing presentations for conferences. His artistry and keen eye for detail not only documented important events but also showcased the everyday beauty of university life. His colleagues he encountered over the years will remember his dedication and the subtle ways he made the university's history come alive.
He was a former member of the Seekonk Planning Board, and he was also a formerly elected to the Seekonk Board of Selectmen, for one term.
He was also in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in the ROTC program.
Bill's interests were as rich and diverse as his photography. An avid gardener, he found peace and solace in the nurturing of plants and the cultivation of beauty. His love for the game of golf was matched only by his enthusiasm for reading, which allowed him to explore worlds beyond his own. Travel was another of Bill's passions, leading him to experience diverse cultures and landscapes, always with a camera at his side.
A man who found solace in nature, William enjoyed nothing more than spending time outdoors, whether it was in the woods or simply basking in the serenity of his own backyard. His culinary skills were a source of delight for his family and friends, who were often treated to his delicious creations.
Bill's commitment to environmental activism reflected his deep respect for our planet and his desire to leave it better than he found it. He channeled his energy into protecting natural spaces and advocating for sustainable practices, inspiring those around him to take action for the environment. He also worked for a couple years selling solar installations.
Friends and family will remember William as a handy and creative individual, always ready to lend his skills to any project or problem. His passion was evident in everything he undertook, and he approached life with a sense of purpose and joy.
William's legacy is one of love, artistry, and advocacy. He will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. As we remember Bill, we celebrate a life lived fully, with passion and a generous heart. His spirit will continue to inspire us, and his memory will be cherished forever.
Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted.