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William H. “Bill” Allen

William H. “Bill” Allen of Southern Avenue, Essex, died on Monday, May 11, 2015 in Gloucester after a long battle with melanoma.

Bill, son of the late James G. and Edith (Perkins) Allen, was born in Essex in 1929 at the family farm on Choate Street. As a young man, he started his Bill’s Trucking business on Southern Avenue, hiring on his older brother Al as Bill was not yet old enough for his driver’s license. He worked and lived there, employing many local youth and giving them their first jobs, until his passing.  Bill was a talented mechanic and savvy businessman. He owned Bill’s Trucking, Co. of Essex for decades, contracting with the State of Massachusetts, various municipalities and local businesses. Bill loved working with heavy equipment and did so up until the weeks before his passing. A trucking legend, Bill literally could not stop into a sandwich or coffee shop in New England without being approached by a trucker who knew him, or a man who as a youth had learned how to change his first large tire or use a welding torch at Bill’s truck yard. Through his very long career he also hauled livestock, gravel and helped excavate various iconic Massachusetts projects in the 1950-60-70’s  which included Logan Airport and the new Interstate 128/95. During the blizzard of ‘78 it was Bill in his jumbo excavator who re-opened the road between Essex and Ipswich.

      Bill loved eating fried clams, drinking coffee and listening to talk radio. He leaves eleven children, William Allen Jr “Butch”, Diane Allen, Gayle Allen, Tony Allen, Patti Chase, Debbi Allen-Brown, Renay Allen-Hitzrot, Kelley Allen, Mandy Allen-Bromley, Bridget Allen-Mancia, and Nakita Allen, as well as a great many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was the father of the late Mickey Allen. He was the last surviving of his siblings which included George, John, Frank, Arthur “Al” and a sister Jean (Jenkins).

A Memorial Reception will be held 6 to 8 pm Sunday, May 17 in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street in Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Interment in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex will be private.


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