REILAND, William (Bill) F. Age 88, formerly of Westwood, Massachusetts, West Barnstable, Massachusetts and Columbus, Ohio died on Thursday, April 1, 2021. He was the loving husband of Katherine ‘Kitty’ Willcox Reiland, his high school sweetheart to whom he was married for 56 years, and who predeceased him in 2008.
Bill was born in 1932 in Columbus, Ohio, where he was a member of the Columbus Boychoir and went on to attend high school at the Columbus Academy, becoming Editor of the Yearbook and receiving the Head Boy award his senior year. Bill graduated with honors in Engineering from Yale University, where he was a member of ROTC. After graduating, Bill served in the US Army at Fort Sill, OK. He went on to have a fruitful career in Engineering at Proctor & Gamble and IBM. In 1965, always ahead of his time, Bill founded his own software service firm in the era just before personal computers.
In their second act, Bill and Kitty moved from Ohio to Cape Cod where Bill became Director of the Cape Cod Community College Computer Center and a faculty member. During their time on the Cape, Bill formed a number of close friendships and was a dedicated volunteer with the American Red Cross. Bill was a faithful worshipper and member of the First Parish of Westwood, MA. He enjoyed attending services each Sunday and made many thoughtful friends through his church. His interests included boating, photography (often taking photos that became the subjects of Kitty’s watercolor paintings), woodworking, choral singing, and spending time with family.
Bill was a devoted and engaged father, father-in-law, and grandfather. He is survived by his four children and their spouses: Andrew (Debora) of Boaz, AL, Elizabeth (Martin Magid) of Newton, MA, William T. (Kathleen) of Brooklyn, NY, and Martha (Michael) Cebry of Bedford, MA, as well as by eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He will be missed.
The family would like to give special thanks to Bill's devoted companion Lisa Lucas, Orla McLaughlin, and the other members of his caregiving team who made sure he was comfortable in so many ways during his final years. Plans for a memorial service have not been finalized. Contributions can be made to First Parish of Westwood, the Alzheimer’s Association, or a charity of your choice
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