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William F. "Bill" Kelleher, of Everett, died January 23, 2020, at the age of 96. Bill was born in Everett on July 1, 1923 to Cornelius and Mary (O'Leary) Kelleher. He was raised in Everett and lived most of his life there.

Bill came from a large Irish family. Both of his parents immigrated from Macroom, County Cork, Ireland. He was one of eight children, including a baby brother John who died at 15 months, and a brother Jerimiah who died at age 9. He had to drop out of high school to go to work to help support his family, but he later earned his GED, something he was very proud of. After his time in the Army, Bill would eventually go to work for the shipping department at Touraine Paints for over 35 years.

Mr. Kelleher served honorably in the US Army during World War II. Serving from 1943-1946, Bill fought in the Rhineland, parts of Central Europe and in the Ardennes Forest during the Battle of the Bulge, living in foxholes and tents during the brutally cold winter. A favorite story of his time in the service was one day in a truck in Germany, he was passing another truck when he heard someone shout out "Billy Kelleher!" from the passing truck. He never found out who that person was. He also played the slingerland drums for the Army's orchestra swing band.

Bill never lost his passion for music after his time in the Army. He played with Rudy Valle in Bermuda, at the Inverouix Hotel with Ruby Newman, with the Jack Marshall Orchestra, Hal MacIntire & his orchestra, Hal LeRoy the tap dancer, and also with the Don Dudley Orchestra. He'd also be known to be playing music at Mosley's Ballroom in Dedham.

Predeceased by seven siblings: the late ... READ MORE →