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William F. "Bill" Pesce
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    c/o Eastern Bank
    441 Main St.
    Melrose, MA 02176

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“My deepest condolences to the Pesce family. I briefly went to school with Billy in the late '70s at Framingham State College ("Ram State" as Billy...Read More »
1 of 43 | Posted by: Tom Power - Laurel Springs, NJ

“Dear Alyssa and Family,So very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I enjoyed his visits coming to the dentist, we always enjoyed a lot of laughs. He...Read More »
2 of 43 | Posted by: Lori Smith - Melrose, MA

“Billy always greeted friends and strangers with a big smile and a handshake. His family was his pride and joy. Sending prayers to the Pesce Family....Read More »
3 of 43 | Posted by: Bob Balfour - MELROSE, MA

“To The Pesce Family, Judy, I just received word today my friend Bill passed away. I have not seen Bill or his family in twenty years. Now it's...Read More »
4 of 43 | Posted by: Matthew Suneson - Fall River, MA

“It was always fun to meet up with Billy at a hockey rink. He would always welcome me with a smile and a hug. We had many long talks about the game...Read More »
5 of 43 | Posted by: Bob Varney - Melrsoe, MA - Friend

“I am so sorry for the Passing of Billy ... He was the Best ... He worked at MDC with my Dad ( Richie Hart) years ago ... He was always so nice ......Read More »
6 of 43 | Posted by: Kim Hart - Malden, MA

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Bill was a great person and a devoted and loving father who was so proud of his children. He will be missed. I...Read More »
7 of 43 | Posted by: Bob Rivers - Wakefield, MA

“My deepest sympathy ”
8 of 43 | Posted by: Anna Cerbone - Andover, MA

“Alyssa,Billy,Taylor,Brayden ,I am so sorry . I sit here still not believing this has happened. he had me convinced it was just another procedure and...Read More »
9 of 43 | Posted by: Rob Reppucci - Melrose, MA

“Angela & Family. I am thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember the good times you had with your brother. I know I...Read More »
10 of 43 | Posted by: Jennifer LaPlante - Bedford, NH

“I only had the opportunity to meet Bill once. But I had a great conversation with him about his love for Alyssa. It was easy to tell that Bill was a...Read More »
11 of 43 | Posted by: Chris Manley - Newbury, MA

“so very sorry for you loss Bill was a fantastic guy and will be sorely missedeveryone loved him all around good guy rest in...Read More »
12 of 43 | Posted by: Anne Lloyd - wakefield, MA

“I am so sorry! Bill was a stand up guy! I worked with him at the Stoneham pool. He always made our day brighter. ”
13 of 43 | Posted by: Paul Cerrone - Reading, MA

“Judy and Mr and Mrs Pesce,I extend my deepest condolences to you on the passing of Bill, God Bless you.... ”
14 of 43 | Posted by: Michael Junta - Charlestown, MA

“Such a nice man who always had a warm smile. Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you. ”
15 of 43 | Posted by: Maribeth Timony - Melrose, MA

“Lena I am so very sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Billy from the boats back in the day. He truly had your wonderful smile. Condolences...Read More »
16 of 43 | Posted by: Loretta Wall Bradley - Tewksbury, MA

“Bill was a great guy. He would never hesitate to help you out or do you a favor. I knew I could always trust Bill. He was fair, friendly and very...Read More »
17 of 43 | Posted by: Bill MacKay - Hudson, NH - Friend

“So sorry for yor loss bill was a great guy and a dear old freind ”
18 of 43 | Posted by: A friend

“I am very sorry for your loss. Bill was a great guy. We went to school together at MC and it seems like just yesterday we were getting yelled at by...Read More »
19 of 43 | Posted by: Kevin Donahue - Methuen, MA

“Bill was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor! We first met back in the eighties, while he was in charge of Dilboy field. Our group used to...Read More »
20 of 43 | Posted by: Hugh Ahearn - Mashpee, MA

“Alyssa and Family, So sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. May God bless Bill and your entire family. ”
21 of 43 | Posted by: Steve Murphy - Danvers, MA

“I first met Billy coaching our boys in tee-ball. Since then he always had a nice word when I would see him. A great guy that I'll truly miss seeing...Read More »
22 of 43 | Posted by: John Preziosa - Melrose, MA

“Alyssa,We are so sorry for your loss.Our hearts and thoughts are with you and your family during this heartbreaking time. ”
23 of 43 | Posted by: Phyllis Joyce - New York, NY

“Alyssa and family- our hearts are broken. We are beyond sad for your loss. Bill was an exceptional man - always happy and sociable . We loved seeing...Read More »
24 of 43 | Posted by: Marie Nyland - Melrose, MA

“My heartfelt sympathy to Alyssa and children. Bill one of the nicest men I have ever met in my life. I will always love him so kind and respectful. I...Read More »
25 of 43 | Posted by: Janis Capachietti - No. Reading, MA

“Dear Pesce family.. I am so very sorry to learn of this such sad news.. Billy was such a strong man// His strength for himself and his family and...Read More »
26 of 43 | Posted by: cathy ragusa-owen - lynnfield, MA

“Alyssa and Family,I was deeply saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He was truly one in a million. Bill was kind, caring, respectful and funny. I...Read More »
27 of 43 | Posted by: A friend

“Alyssa and family,We are beyond sad to hear of Bill's passing. I feel fortunate to have known him and will miss seeing him around town for sure. Our...Read More »
28 of 43 | Posted by: John Doucette - Melrose, MA

“Alyssa, we are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Our deepest condolences, and thoughts are with you and your family. ”
29 of 43 | Posted by: Michael Joyce - Rye, NH - Friend

“This news is beyond heartbreaking and shocking. Positive prayers sent to his beautiful family. You will be missed my dear friend.♡ ”
30 of 43 | Posted by: Marisa Coughlin - MA - Friend

“This is a very tough loss for us all. Bill was a great friend, an outstanding father and brother and a faithful son to his parents. Although we...Read More »
31 of 43 | Posted by: Buck Halloran - Gold Canyon, AZ

“Dear Bill,I'm having a hard time believing you're no longer with us. You were always so positive and full of life. You greeted me with a smile and...Read More »
32 of 43 | Posted by: Phil Bolton - Melrose, MA

“This is a tough one my condolences to the family. He was a class act full of life you will be missed Billy Boy ”
33 of 43 | Posted by: John Layton

“I'm so sad and heartbroken, Bill was one of the best boss anyone can have. This will be a huge lost but a beautiful Angel. My condolences to his...Read More »
34 of 43 | Posted by: Emily Carrasquillo - boston, MA

“I want to express my sincerest condolences to you all on Bill's passing. I was really saddened yesterday when I heard. He was an extraordinary man,...Read More »
35 of 43 | Posted by: Rick Nolan - Boston, MA - Friend

“R.I.P Bill. You will be missed. You were always solid. Gonna miss u man. Thanks for everything! ”
36 of 43 | Posted by: Larry Fitzpatrick - Boston, MA

“My condolences to Billy's family and friends. Always kind, friendly, and respectful he personified the term "Gentleman". He will be truly missed by...Read More »
37 of 43 | Posted by: Bill Ahern - Melrose, MA - Friend

“Bill was the true example of a good kind man. I didn't know him very well, but he always made a point to say hello and to ask about me and my family...Read More »
38 of 43 | Posted by: A friend

“Alyssa,My heart aches for you and your family. I have known Billy for over 30 years and all of my memories of him are happy memories. Such a great...Read More »
39 of 43 | Posted by: Karen (DiGiorgio) Burke - MA

“Keeping you all in my prayers and thoughts always. Bill was a kind man with a very nice smile, I am so sorry for your loss, keep the loving memories...Read More »
40 of 43 | Posted by: Susan Cinella - Melrose, MA

“I was shocked to hear of your tragic loss. He was a wonderful man. He will be missed tremendously. Sincerely, Maryanne Manozzi ”
41 of 43 | Posted by: Maryanne Manozzi

“Billy was a genuinely nice person. He was someone who I was always happy to see. He was kind to everyone and really cared for people. I will miss...Read More »
42 of 43 | Posted by: Linda Grassilli - Medford, 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 »
43 of 43 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague

William F. "Bill" Pesce passed away at Massachusetts General Hospital on January 20, 2019, he was only 61 years of age. Bill was born in Winthrop, raised in Somerville and graduated from Malden Catholic High School, Class of 1975. He served his country in the United States Air Force. After his discharge from the service, Bill returned home and started working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the Metropolitan District Commission and the DCR for 25 years, retiring in 2010. Mr. Pesce was a security professional through out his life, starting Harborwatch Security Service providing security to all the boat companies in Boston for over 25 years and then started AP Event Pro Inc. in 2000. He was very well respected by all the companies he worked for. Bill also worked as a security supervisor at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington for the past 12 years. Mr. Pesce always had a great smile and a warm greeting for everyone he encountered. Bill employed so many young men and women all thru the summer months at his security business over the years. He enjoyed traveling with his family, coaching his children in youth sports, watching his daughter cheer and developed a passion for watching his boys play football and the Melrose High School Football Team. He was the beloved husband of over 18 years to Alyssa C. (Hickey) Pesce. Loving father of William J. Pesce, Taylor R. Pesce, Brayden C. Pesce all of Melrose and Anthony M. Pesce of Malden. Cherished son of Angelo & Lena (Picardi) Pesce of Maine. Loving brother of Judi O'Neil & her husband Joe of Winchester, Michael Pesce of Maine and Angela DelOrfano & her husband Michael of NH. Beloved son-in-law of Janice & Al Hickey of Melrose. Proud uncle of Cameron, Regan, & Coryn Hickey of Melrose, Michaela & Christina O'Neil of Winchester and Michael & Ashley Pesce of Revere. Also survived by many loving family members, co-workers and friends. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Friday January 25, 2019 from 4:00-8:00PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St. Melrose on Saturday January 26, 2019 at 10:00AM. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Pesce Family Fund, c/o Eastern Bank, 441 Main St. Melrose, MA 02176.