WILLIAM YETMAN Obituary (2021) – Falmouth, MA
YETMAN, William A. “Billy” for some, “Bill” for most and “Pop” for his grandchildren, was born September 21, 1947 in Boston, MA. He passed away suddenly but peacefully on September 10 in his office, surrounded by memories of his children, his life and his accomplishments. Between the two, he lived a good life. Bill was a sailor. He loved the sea. Being in, around and working on boats gave him immeasurable joy. To say he was proud of the condition of his boats would be an understatement. He was meticulous and fanatic and he inspired generations of sailors to be the same. If you’ve never washed a boat with Bill Yetman, chances are you don’t know him very well. He raced International 210 since his teenage years, owning and rebuilding several boats before eventually winning the 210 National Championship in 2007, a feat he had pursued for most of his adult life. He was a member of the Falmouth Yacht Club for over 50 years and was a Commodore from 1983 to 1985. There is no other organization he spent more time or cared about more. Bill was a real estate developer by trade. He has developed several significant properties in and around Boston, including the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority’s facilities in Chelsea. He will be remembered more for the way he conducted his business than for the buildings he left behind. Fairness, integrity and the well-being of the people were the foundations of every building he ever built. He was a recreational pilot. He was a skier. He was a craftsman. An expert varnisher. A photographer. A counter. A best friend. An older brother. An encyclopedia of sports anecdotes. Everyone’s favorite uncle. A husband to Faith for 50 years. An obsessive felt tip collector. Bill Yetman was a lot of things, but what he really was, deep inside him, was a father. He was a dad. Daddy’s capacity for love when it came to us was limitless. His energy for all aspects of our life, without limits. He was our best friend, the most ardent cheerleader and sometimes the most painful coach. Never too busy. Never too tired. He was the first one you called when you got a promotion and the first one you called when you had problems. And my boy, was he proud of us. The stories of Bill Yetman bragging about his four boys are legendary! Again, if you’ve never heard of one… or more… you didn’t know it very well. And as good a father as he was, he was an even better grandfather. Same amount of love, fewer Saturday mornings spent washing cars at dawn. His loss is deep, but he lives in the love we have for each other. In fine weather on the water. In perfectly varnished gloss. And in the hearts of so many people whose lives he made fuller. We love you, dad. Thank you for loving us so much. Please join us for a tour in honor of Bill’s life on Sunday, September 26 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Chapman Funeral Home at 3778 Falmouth Rd., MARSTONS MILLS, MA 02648. A Celebration of Life will follow. next summer when the gathering in large groups is safer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill’s name either at American Heart Association, PO BOX 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692, or at www2.heart.org/goto/williamyetman, or Belmont Hill School, 350 Prospect Street, Belmont, MA 02478, or www.belmonthill.org/about/give/make-a-gift to help students who need financial assistance. For the online guestbook, directions and obituary, please visit www.chapmanfuneral.com. Chapman’s funeral and cremations, 508-457-7142.
Published by Boston Globe September 18-19, 2021.