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William  D. "Bill" Poirier
  • Joslin Diabetes Center
    1 Joslin Place
    Boston, MA 02115
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Melrose, MA 02176
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“I just heard about Bill's passing. My father Dave Hennessey and Bill worked together in GE. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: MARIE HENNESSEY - REVERE, MA

“I just found out today that Billy had passed. I remember when we first moved into the neighborhood he was always so friendly and welcoming to my...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Angela Foti - Melrose, MA

“Dear Patty, I was sorry and sad to hear the news. Just know there are many people thinking of you during this difficult time. Condolences. Kevin ”
3 of 21 | Posted by: Kevin Dennehy - Swampscott, MA

“To Bills Family.....Bill Was A Great Guy He Will Be Missed By Many.I Will never Forget Our Talks.....I Will Never Forget Bill....Rest In Peace My...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Ernie Karelas - Melrose, MA

“Patty, Sarah & Family -- We have such fond memories of Bill from Pope John volleyball days. He always had a smile, a laugh, and an encouraging word...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Kathy LeBlanc - Friend

“Patty and family,I am so sorry for your loss, you will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,Lynn Cunningham ”
6 of 21 | Posted by: Lynn Cunningham - melrose, MA

“all the good times in New Hampshire at the cottage, boat rides on the party bus,rides on the jetski, all the laughs that he would give us. you will...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Rebecca Garrity - Everett, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.Sorry for your loss. ”
8 of 21 | Posted by: Ellen Feldman - Malden, MA

“Bill was always welcoming and generous. I loved his sense of humor and his character. He'd tell stories that were so funny but if you tried to tell...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Randy Carvalho - Scottsville, VA

“Hello, I want to offer my sympathy and a prayer for the Poirier Family. Bill and I spoke many times in downtown where we would bump into each other...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Bob Varney - Melrose, MA - Friend

“Dear Patty, Noah, Sarah, Josh, Zack and of course, Holly,My tears go away when I can see Billy's Godmother, Jeanne, greeting him with open arms.Billy...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“Patty, Zach, Holly and family, We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. May you hold tight to the wonderful memories and find comfort knowing...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Laurie Chan

“So sorry to hear of your loss and sending my deepest sympathy to your entire family at this sad time. ”
13 of 21 | Posted by: Norine Glick - Delray Beach, FL

“DI am deeply sorry for the passing of your beloved Bill. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. ”
14 of 21 | Posted by: Clare Morello - Saugus, MA

“Patty, so many memories of Edith Ave and you and Billy in the early years. I remember the day he popped in to see my mom and dad. He was so happy...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Maty Dunn - Everett, MA

“Patty and family, Bob and I are so very sorry to hear of Billy's passing. Always a smile and so caring a man we will miss him dearly. ”
16 of 21 | Posted by: Linda Magaldi - Wilmington

“I am Billy's cousin, Janice's sister. Sincere condolences to all his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time....Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Sylvia Marchand-Hopkins - WY

“Our deepest sympathies to Sarah and the entire Poirier family. ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: Jon and Chris Anderson - NY

“Only met you a handful of times, but in those moments you left a greater positive impact on my life than most. You will be remembered by the great...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Joe Gonzalez - Buffalo, NY

“My dear Patty:My heart is so broken to hear the news of Billy's passing.My sincere condolences go out to you, your children and grandchildren.It...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Linda Samson - Family

“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 »
21 of 21 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


William D. Poirier, "Bill", was born in Everett, MA to the late William and Muriel Poirier. Bill loved to talk, and he loved to listen to the stories of the people around him. He was a skilled machinist at General Electric for many years, first in Everett then in Lynn, where he worked on building jet engines. Bill was many things. He was the beloved "Chef Bill" at the Lincoln Elementary School, the one and only "lunch dude" at Saint Mary's Elementary school, and Coach Bill/Mr. Poirier to the many teams he coached – Melrose Little League, Melrose Incarnation Baseball, Austin Prep Baseball, Melrose Youth Softball, Melrose Youth Soccer, and Pope John Volleyball (just to name a few.) He could often be found catching up with locals at the Mobil in Melrose. He loved to spend his time at the Lakehouse in Milton, NH where the saying goes, "Life is better at Papa and Gramma's Lakehouse."

Bill grew up in Everett, MA and attended Everett High School – this was when he met the love of his life and wife Patricia Poirier (Aylward.) Billy and Patty were together for 45 years and married for 38. Bill was the loving father of Zachary Poirier of Melrose, Joshua Poirier & his wife Dr. Marissa Fast of Peabody, Noah Poirier of Melrose, and Sarah Poirier of Brooklyn, NY. Cherished Papa of Holly, Cara, and Lilah. Caring brother-in-law of Brenda-Lyn Aylward of Dennisport and Mary Monica Aylward of Everett. Nephew of Lyn Kelly of S. Yarmouth. Uncle of Dominic of Revere and Gina Forte of Everett. Also, survived by nieces, nephews, relatives, & many friends. Bill was legendary, he left a lasting impact on anyone who crossed paths with him.

Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Sunday, June 4th from 2-6pm. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home on Monday, June 5th at 9am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St., Mary's Church, Herbert St., Melrose at 10am. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Adult Diabetes Clinic at Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Suite 745, Boston, MA 02215.