William F. “Bill” Vermette, 83, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. He was the husband of Kathleen (Dowling) Vermette to whom he was married 57 years. He was born in Fall River, Ma. a son of the late Herman W. and Anne (Conley) Vermette. He was a lifelong East Providence resident. Bill was the owner & operator of the New England Rubber Company before he retired. Prior to starting his own business, he worked in the accounting department for the Gilbane Construction Company. Bill was an Army veteran. Besides his wife he leaves four children, Mary Ellen McMeekin and her husband Bruce of Cohasset, Ma., Susan Vermette of Raleigh, North Carolina, Jane Vermette and her fiancé Aaron Bryan of Raleigh, North Carolina and William M. Vermette and his wife Elizabeth of Ashburn, Virginia, three grandchildren, Grace McMeekin, William M. “Will” Vermette and Sophia Vermette, one brother, Charles Vermette and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His funeral will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM from the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in Sacred Heart Church, Taunton Avenue, East Providence. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours Friday 5-8. In lieu of flowers contributions to LaSalle Academy, 612 Academy Avenue, Providence, RI 02908 or Rhode Island Honor Flight http://rihonorflight.com/#donate would be appreciated.