June 14, 1928 - December 21, 2021
William “Bill” Demain passed away at his home on December 21, 2021, at the age of 93 in the company of friends and family. Bill was born to Roberts Marmaduke and Lily Demain in the Great Horton region of Bradford in the county of Yorkshire, England. Surviving the Battle of Britain, he excelled academically in Chemistry, and after graduating from the Royal School of Mines took the Queen’s call to work abroad as a metallurgical engineer. From Africa to Cuba, his journeys with friends Jim Best and Antonio Carrillo, brought him to the Gulf Coast town of Freeport, Texas. While visiting friends in Houston, Bill met the love of his life, Lyniea Faia Baker at the Village Inn, and they were soon after married. Together, they raised two daughters and traveled to exotic places, a value they passed on to their children and grandchildren. A devout Anglican, Bill enjoyed spending time with his friends at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, singing in the choir, leading Christmas carol sojourns, and playing cricket at their annual Camp Allen retreat. Bill served the Dow Chemical Company administration proudly for over 35 years, acting as Operational Superintendent and Safety Director of Magnesium Operations. In retirement, he enjoyed reading courtesy of the Freeport Public Library, his regimented morning bike rides, exercising, and reminiscing with his fellow Mag Hounds over lunch.
Bill is survived by his daughters, Sandra and husband, Frank Leavey and Diana Demain; grandchildren, Christopher Felder, Sarah Felder, Angel Demain-Leavey, Austin Zachary, Nichelle Lucky, and Anna Prochazka; and great-grandchildren, Greyson and Adelyn McIntyre.
His surviving family appreciates the years of support provided by of his caretakers: Clifton Shimek, Angel Demain-Leavey, Margaret Jackson, and Mary Ellen Bartosh; his former Dow Chemical Magnesium Operations colleagues; and his St. Paul’s Episcopal Church family.
You are welcome to attend a formal viewing at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Freeport, Texas, on December 28, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral rights will be observed on December 29, 2021 starting at 6:00 p.m. with pallbearers, Antonio Carrillo, Christopher Felder, Frank Leavey, Clifton Shimek, Austin Zachary, Jimmy Birdwell, and Michael Smyth.
The burial will be held at Adam’s Cemetery in Galloway, Texas, on January 8, 2022.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Memorial Fund at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Freeport.