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Obituary: William Herbert Pultar, 92

Nov 29, 2016 01:11PM ● By Theresa Gilman

William Herbert Pultar obituary


PELHAM, NH – Mr. William Herbert Pultar, 92, after a long adventurous and full life passed away peacefully on November 25, 2016 while surrounded by his immediate family at the The Fairview Inn. 

Born May 7, 1924 in Lowell, Massachusetts to German Immigrant William Fredrick Pultar and Ms. Ethel (Webster) Pultar, he was second of five children of the original Pultar clan.

He was the first male child of this clan that was born on American soil. As a child he lived through the height of the great depression. During this time the Pultar family endured extreme hardship while running a small bakery shop.

During World War II he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and flew in B17 and B29 bombers. After his honorable discharge at the end of the war, he married his childhood sweetheart Ruth Charlette Melia of Malden. Thereafter they were happily married for 48 years before she passed away. 

They met at as children at their family’s camps at Little Island Pond in Pelham, New Hampshire. As a result, they both had a love for the outdoors, living on the water, and the experiences that they shared together at the camps that they moved into; the Melia camp in the early 1970’s.

Mr. William H. Pultar had a long and storied career with the Lowell Police Department and he was well respected by his peers and supervisors as a hardworking and dedicated Patrolman. He had a reputation as being tough when necessary, but more importantly, he had the skills to deescalate the most volatile situations. While on the Lowell Police Department he obtained a Bachelor Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Lowell University. During his 42-year tenure with the Lowell Police Department he received many accommodations and was awarded Police Officer of the Year. Upon his retirement, both he and his wife traveled the world and visited all the continents, except Antarctica and Australia. 

Bill loved to entertain and have large family gatherings at the “camp”. Every Fourth of July, Christmas, and Thanksgiving he and his wife would surround themselves with their children, and grandchildren, enjoying their presence.

Mr. Pultar has five siblings, Margaret Shaheen, Fredrick Pultar, Ruth Hierman, and Albert Pultar. Both Margaret, and Albert predeceased him. His beloved wife, Ruth C. Pultar passed away on February 9, 1996. He is survived by his children, William H. Pultar Jr., and his wife Janis; Marlene Guthrie, and her husband Tom; Linda Dickinson, and her husband Ralph Sr.; Gail Clark, and her husband Dennis Sr.; Michael St. Pierre; his grandchildren William Arthur Pultar, Paul Lemieux, Tanya Lemay, Jackie Pultar, Jared Lemieux, David Calo, Brian Pultar, Shawna McColligan, Jennie Calo, Ralph Dickinson Jr., Timothy Dickinson, Dennis Clark Jr., Desiree St. Pierre, Zach St. Pierre and finally many great grandchildren.

ARRANGEMENTS: William's funeral service will be held inside the DRACUT FUNERAL HOME, 2159 Lakeview Ave., Dracut on WEDNESDAY, November 30th at 10 a.m. Burial will take place in Lowell Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in William’s memory to the “Fisher House Foundation.”, 111 Rockville Pike, Ste 420 Rockville, MD 20850. For directions, or to leave an online condolence, story, or message, please visit, or find us on Facebook under “Dracut Funeral Home.”
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