Wilfred “Bill” Machin, formerly of Thornwood, NY, passed away on June 2, 2019 in Longmont, CO, at the age of 89. He was born to Wilfred Machin, Sr. and Janie Machin (née Beckett) on February 24, 1930 in Rockville Center, NY.
Wilfred is survived by his son Douglas (Suzanne) Machin; his brother Robert (Catherine) Machin; his grandchildren Kelly (Stephen) Hanrahan, Nicholas (Nicole) Purdy, Daniel Machin, Stephanie (Kevin) Harris, and William (Kyley) Machin; his great-grandchildren AJ, Olivia, Sophia, and Charlotte; and his nieces and nephews. Wilfred was predeceased by his wife Vilma (nee Torelli) Machin, and his daughter Lesley Purdy.
Wilfred graduated from Pratt Institute and then worked as a commercial artist with his father and brother at W.D. Machin, Inc. in New York City. He married Vilma Torelli on June 22nd, 1951 in Pleasantville, New York. Wilfred and Vilma raised Lesley and Douglas in the home he built in Thornwood, NY.
Wilfred was a gifted abstract and watercolor painter who will particularly be remembered for his paintings of Monhegan Island and Cape Cod. Wilfred was active in the Boy Scouts of America for 77 years. Wilfred was also an avid fisherman and bird watcher. He loved to read and tell stories. He particularly enjoyed looking up answers in the dictionary and encyclopedia during dinnertime discussions.
Wilfred was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He quietly, lovingly, and patiently guided his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren by example. He showed them how to fish, draw, paint, make newspaper hats, and fill the bird feeder. “Gramps” or “Pop Bill” will be remembered for his humility, wit, creativity, and love.
Services will be held at Hawthorne Funeral Home on Friday, June 21st from 4-8 PM. Interment will take place at All Souls Cemetery, Pleasantville, NY on Saturday, June 22nd at 10 AM.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Westchester-Putnam Council, Boy Scouts of America would be appreciated.
HAWTHORNE FUNERAL HOME
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Hawthorne, New York 10532
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