Obituary: S. William Oliver III

H. William Oliver III

PORTLAND – H. William “Bill” Oliver, 79, died on November 5, 2021 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

He was born in Portland to Horace William Oliver and Kathrine Bradbury Oliver. Bill’s mother married Larry Babcock and they had a blended family. His step family consisted of Bert Babcock (wife Valerie), Falmouth, Ross Babcock (wife Joanne), Yarmouth, and the now deceased Michael Oliver, Earl Babcock, Barbara Pelc.

Bill graduated from Deering High School (1961) and the University of Maine Orono with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and computer technology. He served three years in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War, stationed in Germany, where he learned to repair the electronics of fighter planes. Bill started his career at the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad where he was responsible for software development. It was there in 1976 that he met the love of his life, Mary LaFlamme (Shannon). At the peak of his career, Bill was the founder and partner of Infotec Solutions. He traveled across the country promoting the software he designed for cell phones. The business started with all three partners and grew to 47 employees, expanding to a location in Westbrook.

He was a 30-year member of the Portland Yacht Club and a skilled sailor. He was a mainstay on Thursday evenings to watch the races and enjoy the barbecue. Bill has served on the board of directors and on several committees. In the summer Bill and Mary sailed the Downeast coast of Maine and in the winter they sailed the Caribbean.

It was in 1975 that Bill met the love of his life, Mary LaFlamme (Shannon). Forty-five years later, their combined family has five grown children with spouses, Andrew L. Oliver (wife Jette), Tracy’s Landing, Md., Scott W. Oliver (wife Angela), Cumberland, Christopher Shannon (wife Debbie) , Woodbridge, Virginia, Colleen Shannon Griffin (husband Eric), Portland, Daniel Shannon (wife Paula), Brewer. There are eight grandchildren, Samantha Oliver (husband Rob Caiazzo Jr.), Melrose, Mass., Sarah Somma (wife Danielle), York, Matthew Shannon, Boston, Emily Shannon, Valdosta, Ga., Peter Griffin, USAF, Alaska, Marcus Griffin, Portland; and two great-grandchildren, Robert J. Caiazzo III and Logan Somma. There are nieces, nephews and in-laws in abundance.

There will be a private burial at Pine Grove Cemetery in Falmouth.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough or on Bill’s behalf to a charity of your choice.

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Margie D. Carlisle