2006-11-30 / Obituaries

William Winthrop Karl, 56

William Winthrop Karl, 56, of 1 Ranger Court, Jamestown, died Nov. 22, 2006 at home. He was the husband of Kathleen (O'Connor) Karl.

Born in Fitchburg, Mass., on Oct. 7, 1950, he was the son of the late William H. Karl and Isabelle Louise (Lombard) Karl.

Mr. Karl was a software engineer who worked most recently at Pfizer Global Research and Development in Groton, Conn. His true passion was music. He was an accomplished musician and composer. Mr. Karl was a member of the Jamestown Community Chorus, which performed several of his recent works. His choral composition "Prayer for Peace" premiered November 2005 as part of the 'Rhode Island Sings' concert at the Veterans' Memorial Auditorium in Providence. His superb singing voice brought great pleasure and joy to his friends, family, and fellow choir members at St. Paul's Church in Newport. Mr. Karl was an avid photographer. His love of the ocean inspired much of his photography.

Mr. Karl's quiet humor and steadfast spirit inspired and touched many lives. Mr. Karl was a dear and trusted friend who will be greatly missed.

Besides his beloved wife, he leaves four sisters, Elizabeth Knowles of Spicewood, Texas, Marilee Karl-Foubert of Rome, Italy; Ruth Karl of Granite Shoals, Texas; and Beverly Christenson of Fitchburg, Mass.; his nephews, David, Greg and Chris Knowles, Hans, Eric and Sven Christenson, and Carlos Karl; his nieces, Alice Foubert, and Ana and Rose Karl Mr. Karl was a wonderful man whose generosity, kindness, and thoughtfulness will be treasured forever.

His funeral was held Sunday in St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Newport.

Mr. Karl bravely battled cancer and died peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Donations in his memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, c/o Dr. Mary-Ellen Taplin, Suite D 1230, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA 02115.

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