SOUTH PARIS — William Lawrence Austin, 72, of South Paris passed away Monday, April 3, at his home.

He grew up in Farmington and Wilton, graduating from Farmington High, Class of 1966. He met Barbara Antone and married her in 1963. William went to work for G.H. Bass in 1962 and worked for many years in the shoe industry until retiring in 2013. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping.

William is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara Austin; three sons, Lonny Austin and his wife, Samantha, of Florida, Warren Austin and his wife, Karen, of Poland Spring, and Larry Austin of Greene; three grandchildren, Brandon, Billy and Klarissa; two great-grandchildren; his sister, Darlene Hardy and husband, David, of Tennessee; three brothers, Ronnie, Jimmy and Danny; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his mom and dad, Lorin and Dora Austin; his sister, Kathy; and his brother, Norman.

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William L. Austin

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