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William "Pudgy" Ezell

May 15, 1941 ~ October 14, 2022 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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William Ezell Obituary

William (Pudgy) Ezell, age 81, of Lakeville, saw his final sunrise over the lake on October 14, 2022, after living his life to the fullest.

It’s hard to distinguish family from friends because once Pudgy met you, you became family. He was predeceased by his parents William J. and Lucille (Lesueur) Ezell, his beloved brother Gary Ezell, and his former wife Joyce Ezell.

Pudgy leaves one sister, Olivia Cooper of Holiday, FL, who shares his love of life and everything in it. He loved kids and took many under his wing and into his heart. He leaves behind his daughters-who were all princesses in his eyes: Cheryl Ezell of Middleboro, Sharyn McWilliams and her husband Ian of Brockton, Mary Ezell of Petrolina, Brazil, Carlita Alves, and her husband Justin of Westerly, RI, and Samara McKinley of Houston, TX. He also leaves the strong men who are his sons: William J. Ezell of Cove City, NC, Anthony Cordeiro Ezell of Petrolina, Brazil, and Marlon Pina and his wife Bell of Phitsanulok, Thailand. He is also survived by many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, both lifelong and new, lovers and others.

Pudgy loved to travel around the world but found a kindred country in Brazil. He loved it so much that he bought property, set down roots and built a family there.

Pudgy did many things in his life and there were a few he was truly proud of. He was honored to serve his country as a United States Marine, drove over 3 million miles as a driver for UPS, and fought for civil rights, including suing the Elk’s organization and winning. But the thing he was proudest of was being a father and a friend. One of his last acts was supporting a friend who was grieving, if you showed up at his door, he would greet you with a smile, a laugh and then see what you needed. He could talk your ear off with stories or sit silently with you watching the lake. His parties were legendary and if you ever needed a place to crash, he would find a spot for you. He lived and loved with abandon and never let things get to him. He would often say “Will this matter in 100years?”. He told the tallest tales, listened to the coolest jazz, and had the biggest heart. He will forever be missed by everyone who’s lives he touched.

All are welcome to visiting hours for Pudgy on Friday, October 21, 2022, from 5:00 – 7:00PM, at the Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home, 280 Bedford Street, Lakeville, MA 02347. A funeral home service will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at 10:00AM. Interment will follow the funeral service at St. James Cemetery in Whitman, MA.

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October 21, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home (Lakeville)
280 Bedford Street
Lakeville, MA 02347

Funeral Service
October 22, 2022

10:00 AM
Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home (Lakeville)
280 Bedford Street
Lakeville, MA 02347

Interment following funeral service
October 22, 2022

St. James Cemetery
Harvard Street
Whitman, MA 02382


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