The North Reading Police Department sadly announces the passing of Retired NRPD Officer, William J. Nason who died on Saturday, September 23rd.
Officer William “Billy” Nason admirably served our community with pride and distinction for twenty-five years, beginning in 1969, up until his retirement in 1994. During his career he held the position of Safety Officer which tasked him specifically with the reduction and prevention of pedestrian and traffic related accidents. His dedication to the position and his success that he achieved may not be easily recognized by the untrained eye, but his efforts are aptly reflected in the reputation that our community upholds and enjoys to this day in traffic and pedestrian safety.
By his peers, Billy was considered one of the most highly respected officers of his time. Billy will be remembered as an unselfish brother officer who made it a point to arrive up to an hour early for work each morning in order to make sure the night shift officers who worked that night could get home to see their families before they started their days and so they could get some much needed sleep. Each December, Billy looked forward to our annual Christmas parties, which were held for the town’s youth. Billy would always volunteer to dress up as Santa for the kids, and who could ever forget that he would use “liquid White Out” for his eyebrows as they were not yet white naturally, bringing joy to both kids and adults alike.
For those who worked alongside of him, Billy was known and will be remembered as a police officer who should be emulated, respected, and admired for being a hardworking, caring, family man and co-worker.
“Do well the duty that lies before you”
A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27th, at 12pm at the Freedom Village Church located in the Center of Freedom NH.