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William A. Lacey
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  • Juvenile Arthritis Association
    8549 Wilshire Blvd.
    Suite 103
    Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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“Cousin Billy was such an accomplished man. He is going to be forever missed. Any time circumstances brought him to Erie from Boston, whether a sad...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Michael Trot - Erie, PA - Family

“I feel profoundly blessed to have known Bill. He was such a genuine person, so kind, so honest, so thoughtful, so caring of everyone; a true...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: MIMMA MOGAVERO - Revere, MA

“I am so very sorry to hear of Billy's passing. He was my Uncle Doug Elia's best friend growing up and often times they would babysit my sister and I....Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Jody Cunningham - Windsor, ME

“My husband, Martin Robbins, was a close friend of Bill, senior, and thus knew Billy from the time he was young. He always spoke of what a warm, kind...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Judy Robbins

“My deepest condolences to Bill's entire family. I worked with Bill at Riverside and he was always such a kind and caring man. He could always tell...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Denae Ramos-Pachucki - Lynn, MA

“Dear Billy ,I WILL ALWAYS TREASURE YOUR MEMORY IN MY HEART ! YOU WERE A VERY KIND AND LOVING BROTHER .AND A GOOD KIND MAN WHO I AM SO PROUD OF ....Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Mary Lacey - Stoneham, MA

“Oh wonderful friend. How lucky am I to have met you, to have worked with you and to have been blessed with your friendship and kindness. I wish we...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Sabine Mautner - Ipswich, MA

“Bill was a wonderful man who I had the pleasure of working with for a few years. His dedication, sincerity and integrity was apparent in all he did....Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Debbie Muldoon - Lowell, MA

“Dearest Linda, Uncle Bill, Mary & Tim, Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. God is Love. Just as Cousin...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Kathleen ( aka Shorty) Watson - PA

“My sincere condolences to the Lacey family. Bill has always been a caring and compassionate person. He helped others and placed his needs last. I...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Deborah Bazylinski-Napoleone - MA

“I was a student of Bill at Northeastern University many many years ago. He was one of my favorite instructors and a complete gentleman. My...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Jack O'Leary - Wakefield, MA

“I have known Bill sense his teenage years. We had a very close mutual friend. I am deeply sorry to hear of his passing. I send my deepest sympathy...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Ken Groves - Indian Trail, NC

“Bill was a real gentleman! It was always so good to see him at Maureen Scanlon's summer home in Seabrook, NH. I will miss him very much.Love,Mary...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Mary Scanlon - Lowell, MA

“My deepest sympathiesIn paradisum deducant te Angeli; in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem. Chorus...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Geoffrey Mondello - Friend

“Happy 66 yr Birthday to my loved brother Billy !You were a very good brother and son to mom and Dad !Love you Biill ,Your proud sister Mary ❤&...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Mary Lacey - MA

“Bill was one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure to know. He was the true definition of a gentleman. I'm sure that he was welcomed into...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Clare Zeimetz - Peabody, MA

“God bless you dear, Bill. Kathy and family please accept our deepest sympathy in the passing of Bill. We have known Bill for a long time, as my...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Betty & Don DeFeo - wakefield, MA

“Linda, Bill Sr, Mary, Timothy. and family,I am very saddened by the loss of Bill. He was a wonderful uncle. Bill had great moral character; he was...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Karen Dunn - Dracut, MA - Family

“My brother Bill , you will always be a beautiful light in my heart ! ❤❤❤❤Love and Miss you your big sister ,Mary ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: Mary Lacey - Stoneham, MA

“My brother was a caring, religious and generous man. Who always helped everyone, especially those who were vulnerable. I will miss my brother...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Timoth Lacey - Malden, MA

“My heart is hurting today my dear sweet brother Bill ❤❤ ”
21 of 22 | Posted by: Mary Lacey - Stoneham, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


William A. Lacey of Stoneham, MA, passed away on August 8, at the age of 65. He was husband to Linda (Scanlon) Lacey, the beloved son of William J. Lacey of Erie, PA. and the late Martha (Royce) Lacey, devoted brother to Mary S. Lacey of Stoneham and Timothy M. Lacey of Malden, and the loving nephew to Jack and Nancy Lacey of Erie, PA. Bill is also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews.

William was born in Boston, MA, raised in the suburbs, and attended Boston University. His major studies were in communication and psychology. Bill started his career in Banking as a corporate communication specialist. He later moved into a Prepress and Graphics firm, where he advanced from Client Service Rep to Client Service Manager, and ultimately General Manager. Bill later pursued a career in Human Services, working with individuals with cognitive disorders, as well as mental and physical disabilities. Throughout high School and college Bill performed in bands and taught drums to people of all ages.

William was a parishioner of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish of Wakefield, where he served as both lector and usher. He was the author of a short inspirational book, "Seeing with the Heart", and was a regularly featured social commentator for a radio station in Georgia.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Monday, August 12, 2019 from 4:00-7:00PM. Funeral procession from Gately Funeral Home on Tuesday morning at 9:00AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St. Wakefield at 10AM. Interment at Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Juvenile Arthritis Association, 8549 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 103, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 or @ www.juvenilearthritis.org.