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FRAMINGHAM – William J. “Bill” of Framingham, Saugus, Malden, died on April 17, 2020.

Bill is survived by his older brother Richard, younger brother Geoffrey and three younger sisters, Gail, Marjorie and Lauren; two nieces, two grand-nieces and one grand-nephew.

He grew up in Framingham, and graduated from Framingham North High School in 1965 and attended Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Bill was an avid sports fan, especially baseball.  He could recite the batting averages from baseball cards he collected for many players.  Bill liked to participate in many sports with his siblings at home as well.  This included wiffle ball, baseball (pitching), football and bowling.  In one particular instance, he and Richard spent all their money bowling at the Shoppers World bowling alley in Framingham and had to walk home, a 5-6 mile walk.

Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1966-1970 (Vietnam Era) as a Chaparral Squad Lead (Surface to Air missile squad ) at the Nike site in Danvers.; a site was designated to protect the area from any enemy aircraft.  He also spent a short period in Germany to finish his enlisted commitment.  By the time Bill was discharged, he had received the rank of SP5.

During his time in the Army Bill joined the Jehovah Witness congregation after meeting a fellow member.  Shortly after his separation from the Army, Bill devoted the next 40+ years to Jehovah and he  became quite knowledgeable about the bible which brought him much happiness, love and joy as well as personally getting to know all of the members in the Kingdom Hall in Malden.   He became an Elder in his Kingdom Hall and preached at meetings with upwards of a thousand parishioners.

Bill was self-employed owning his own cleaning business, W.J.T. Cleaning Services for over 40 years.  Bill worked primarily in the North Shore area and took care of many business and private homes earning a well-deserved reputation as an honest hard-working person.

Bill loved to be around all animals but had a special fondness for dogs and during his time in the nursing home Bill enjoyed the company of Marjorie’s dogs, Zeva and Feebee.

Interment will be private with only the immediate family attending. 

As Bill was a veteran he will be provided with an honor guard at his gravesite.

Contributions to honor Bill can be sent to any Animal Shelter in Bill’s name or to the Fisher House Foundation in Boston, also in Bill’s name.

By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.