William E. Porter, handyman, engineer

Friday, March 4, 2011; 6:45 PM

William E. Porter, 78, a retired telephone company engineer who was the handyman from 1990 until 2009 at the Kilmer Center, a school for children with special needs in Vienna, died Feb. 15 at the Collingswood nursing home in Rockville. He had congestive heart failure.

Mr. Porter first came to Kilmer through the volunteer group Telephone Pioneers, which had been asked to design a playground that would be safe for children with disabilities. He later became a full-time employee and retired once his health declined.

His career at AT&T began in 1955. He was the union representative for the Communications Workers of America Local 2350. He retired in 1988.

He was born William Edward Porter in Washington. He served in the Army Signal Corps in the early 1950s and had been a Potomac resident since the late 1950s.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Theresa Simon Porter of Potomac; four children, Kathleen A. Porter of Germantown, Laura D. Porter of Cheverly, William E. Porter Jr. of Columbia City, Ind., and Theresa Zaharko of Clarksburg; two sisters; and seven grandchildren.

- Lauren Wiseman

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