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William  J. Connors
  • Honor Flight New England
    PO Box 16287
    Hooksett, NH 03106
  • St. Vincent DePaul Society
    770 Salem St.
    Malden, MA 02148

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“To the family of Bill,We are so sorry for your loss, please accept are heartfelt condolences at this difficult time.Bill and Mary were like family to...Read More »
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“Bill - May the road rise up to meet you.May the wind always be at your back.May the sun shine warmly upon your face,and the rains fall softly upon...Read More »
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“You are in our thoughts a prayers. Celebrating the life of a good man and mourning his passing with you. ”
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“May the family keep the wonderful memories of joyful times the family shared together close to the family hearts. May God strengthen the family...Read More »
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“We know you and Nana were both with us on our special day and brought us clear sunny skies.Mary Kathryn & Gregory Keohane ”
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“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 »
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William J. Connors, of Peabody, died at the Prescott House in N. Andover on April 8, 2017 at the age of 91. Bill was born in Lowell, raised in South Boston and a graduate of Boston Latin High School. After high school, Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After returning from WWII, he resided in S. Boston till 1951, Malden for 41 years, South Dennis for 12 years and the past in 13 years in Peabody. He worked as a Production Manager for Braude Brothers in Woburn & Colonial Leather in Boston for many years. Bill was very active in the St. Joseph's Church CYO, CCD, St. Vincent's DePaul Society, bingo and the men's club. He was a member of the South Dennis V.F.W. & Knights of Columbus. Bill was an umpire for the American Little League in Malden for 15 years and his family was the most important part of his life. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary V. (McCusker) Connors for 54 years. Loving father of William E. Connors & his wife Nancy of Peabody, Maryellen Dooley & her husband Stephen of NH and Dianne M. Grenier & her husband Michael of Fitchburg. Cherished grandfather of Katherine Marrese, Erin, Sarah & Allison Connors, Meghan & Colleen Dooley, Michael Grenier and Mary Kathryn Keohane. Devoted great grandfather of William & Hailey. Caring brother of Margaret Sheehan & the late Mary Cummings. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Wednesday, April 12th from 11:30-1:00PM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph's Church, 770 Salem St., Malden at 1:30PM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden, In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Honor Flight New England, PO Box 16287, Hooksett, NH 03106 or St. Vincent DePaul Society, 770 Salem St., Malden, MA 02148.