"Bob the Builder" originated in the UK, but William Dufris was cast for the American version after finishing up a career on BBC Radio.

I knew the show well as being a kindergarten Ttacher at one point; my students loved BOB.

William grew up in Houlton and graduated High School, before leaving to pursue his career, according to the Bangor Daily News.

His nephew Sam Hiscoe told the newspaper:

"Uncle Billy didn't let fame take over his personality; He was always the most genuine, caring, and real person you could ever imagine. The thing I'll love him and miss him the most for is when he would call to check in on me. It's easy to say 'I'm here for you.' But, it's another to actually be there."

William Dufris was 62 years old.