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FRAMINGHAM – William (Bill) J. Cella, 83, of Framingham, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on April 4, 2023 after a period of declining health.

Bill was born in Natick and graduated from Natick High School in 1957. He was the beloved husband of the late Joan (Chisholm) Cella for 47 years; loving father to Vicki VanSant, Karen Moores and her husband Bill, Carol Cella, and Michael Cella; cherished grandfather, affectionately known as Pappi, to Shanna Moores and Matthew Gaskin. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Frances (Gallant) Cella; parents, Amos and Grace (Cowee) Cella and siblings, Barbara (Cella) Walker, Robert Cella and Judy Cella.

Bill worked at TJX as a supervisor, retiring from there after 40 years.

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He was an avid sports fan who liked to play golf and watch his favorite Boston sports teams, the Patriots and the Red Sox. 

He loved playing slot machines at the casino and traveling with his wife. They often visited Maine and New Hampshire to enjoy the ocean views or the peaceful waters of Lake Winnipesaukee.

He also enjoyed spending time with his family, sitting around the dining room table, sharing good food, drink and lively conversations. Always the jokester, he had fun playing pranks on his family and friends.

Bill touched our lives in a special way and will be forever in the hearts of those who loved him.

No funeral or memorial service is immediately planned.

The family will notify loved ones in the future when a service is scheduled.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Bill’s memory to a charity of your choice.

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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.