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October 8, 2020


William F. Picking (81). passed away September 25. 2020 surrounded by love of family.

Bill was born April 17. 1939 in Ware, MA to the late Francis G. and Victoria C. (Zahara) Picking. He was a graduate of Monson High School and received an Associates degree from STCC. He served in the US Army from 1959 thru 1964. He was a renowned commercial diver instructor and Scuba Dive shop owner for many years. He was a long time resident of Monson and served the Town of Monson as Police Chief for 22 years.

After retiring he and his wife enjoyed spending many years in Florida. First as “snow birds” then full time residents where they attended Belleview United Methodist Church. Bill was a member of Belleview Masonic Lodge. Bill, who for over 15 years was instrumental in many of the lodge events including the Child ID program  before returning to New England.

Bill was a member of the Monson Glendale United Methodist Church, also Day Spring Lodge of Masons, American Legion and Western Mass Police Chiefs Association. He enjoyed woodcarving, fishing and boating.

William leaves his wife. Claire E. (Kominski) Picking and their children, William F. Picking Jr and his wife Teresa of Virginia, Greig J. Picking and his wife Susan of East Hampton, CT. MarkT. Picking and his wife Sharon of Wales; and eight grandchildren and spouses. as well as 8 great grandchildren. Bill was predeceased by his brother John G. Picking.

A private graveside service with Military Honors will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery in Monson.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in William F. Picking’s name to: The Salvation Army at For online condolences please visit


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