William L. Vayda

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FRAMINGHAM – William L. Vayda passed away on the morning of October 10, 2021,at his home in Framingham, surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born on January 4, 1923 in Natick, to the late Clement and Helen (Butas) Vayda.

He was the fourth of five siblings: the late Joseph Vayda of Florida, the late Elizabeth (Vayda) Rotchford, the late Clement Vayda, Jr. and the late Francis Vayda.

He had been married to his wife of 63 years, the late Dorothy (Hart) Vayda who passed away in 2008.

They had five children. William D. Vayda and his wife Daisy, Eileen  F. (Vayda) Rielly and her husband Joseph of Framingham, Michael J. Vayda and his wife, Phyllis of Framingham, James R. Vayda and his wife Lisa of Worcester, and Elizabeth H. (Vayda) Hartland and her husband Ronald of Sanford, Maine. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

William was educated in the Natick school system until he transferred to a vocational school in Waltham for training in the printing business.

During WWII, William was a member of the Aircraft Warning Service Volunteer Observer Group in the Natick area.

After their wedding, William and his wife Dorothy moved to Houston, Texas where he helped established a new plant for the St. Joe Paper Company in 1946-47.

After moving back to Massachusetts, he was employed by Dennison Manufacturing Company.

Later on, he worked for a variety of companies that dealt exclusively in the corrugated box industry that ranged from being a machinist, union representative for the International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulfite and Paper Mill Workers of the United States and Canada, a sales representative for Ropac; a company that provided industrial blades for scoring and cutting corrugated cardboard. He also worked as a member of management for Connecticut Container Corp. in Dedham, Mass. He retired in 1988.

He was a member of the NAVY YARD, an organization in the Natick area that provided assistance for immigrant families and social functions.

William was an avid card player that enjoyed games of Pitch at the Framingham Lodge of Elks.  In addition to the love of playing cards, he was a devoted Red Sox fan who could be found watching the games regularly.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his visiting hours on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St. (corner of Union Ave.) Framingham. 

His funeral service with burial following at St. Stephen Cemetery will be celebrated privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made to the Jimmy Fund www.jimmyfund.org  

To leave a message of condolence and sign the online guest book, please visit www.nortonfuneralhome.com


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