William "Bill" P. Niehoff
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1925 - 2015
WINSLOW - William Paul Niehoff, 90, of Winslow, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. William, better known as "Bill", was born on April 4, 1925, in Lehighton, Penn., the son of William H. and Wanda (Sauerman) Niehoff.
Bill grew up in Waterville, graduated from Higgins Classical Institute and attended Colby College before enlisting in the service. He served in the Army Corp of Engineers in World War 2, and after discharge, he earned a law degree from Boston University Law School. At that time many graduate schools permitted students, who did not have bachelor degrees. Interestingly, in 1989 he and 26 other alumni were awarded bachelor degrees from Colby College. In 1951 Bill joined with his father in forming the law firm of Niehoff and Niehoff. In 1965 subsequent to the passing of his father he entered into a partnership with Lester Jolovitz with whom he practiced until he retired in 1989. Bill was very involved in the community. He was a member of the Waterville Lion's Club, the Waterville Bar Association, the Kennebec Bar Association, the Waterville Chamber of Commerce all of which he served as president, as well as commissioner of the Waterville Sewerage District. He served in many capacities for the Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers, where he and his wife devoted over 25 years of service. In September of 1981, Bill rescued a drowning woman for which he was awarded the Legion Award for Bravery and Heroism.
Nothing was more important to Bill than his family and friends. He built a camp "Gretz Haven" on Snow Pond for his parents, where he and his family enjoyed many summers. He also enjoyed skiing with his family at Sugarloaf. Bill was a member of the Waterville Country Club, where he golfed with his wife and close friends. For many years he looked forward to going to Cape Cod with his golfing buddies where they would play golf, prank each other and share laughs. He prided himself in being a man of high moral character. He was recently described by a colleague as being a "gentleman through and through despite his gruff exterior." He had a keen sense of humor that was well known by family and friends who will miss him very much.
Bill is predeceased by his parents; and sister, Hilda Niehoff True. He is survived by his wife Barbara, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage; son, Paul Niehoff and wife Ashley of Portland, daughter, Nancy, and her husband Damian Bolduc of Cumberland Foreside; as well as grandchildren, Erin, Heather and Megan Niehoff, Billy, Sarah and Elizabeth Bolduc; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be kept private, as requested by the family. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Redington Funeral Home, 5 Park Street, Waterville, Maine 04901.
Donations in his memory
may be made to:
The Maine Children's Home For Little Wanderers
93 Silver Street
Waterville, ME 04901
Published in Central Maine on Sept. 15, 2015