William J. (Bill) Thornton

  • Born: June 23, 1951
  • Died: May 10, 2019
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family


William J. (Bill) Thornton, 67 of Manchester, died May 10, 2019 at Elliot Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Manchester on June 23, 1951, he was the son of the late William K. and Mary Elizabeth (McGurl) Thornton.

He was educated in Manchester, a graduate of Bishop Bradley High School, attended Daniel Webster College, and earned his Master's Degree in Social Work. William worked for Manchester Mental Health and Amethyst House for many years as a social worker.

His passion was photography. He loved taking long rides in the car and his family and friends were what were most important to William. He will be remembered for his quick wit and character. Above all else, he will be remembered as a loving son, brother, uncle and friend.

Family includes his sister, Beth Carignan and husband Walter of Auburn; two brothers, Kevin Thornton and wife Maureen of Baltimore, MD, and Peter Thornton and wife Kate of Oakridge, NJ; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by both parents; and sister Patricia Dexter in 1978.

A Committal Service took place on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at St. Joseph Cemetery, 448 Donald St., Bedford. Memorial donations may be made to: Farnum Center, 140 Queen City Ave., Manchester, NH 03103.