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“We are saddened by the loss of Bill. We remember him as a kind and good man and our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends....God...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Tom Clews - Arlington, MA

“Marian, Emily, Laura and Family,I was saddened to read about Bill's passing. My thoughts are with all of you. xoHeidi ”
2 of 22 | Posted by: Heidi Garber - Lake Worth, FL

“The sun is set//The evening breeze//Whispers a psalm//Day done, songs sung//Time for rest now//Pillows puffed snug//Sleep comes, time won//The river...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Edward Rochon - Wichita, KS

“Dear Marian, Emily, Laura, and family,I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
4 of 22 | Posted by: John Brickley - Melrose, MA

“My Most sincere condolences to Bill's family. I have fond memories of Bill from When we were young, and I will always cherish them. ”
5 of 22 | Posted by: Ken Irwin - Greenfield, MA

“May our dear Lord accept his child home into the warmth and comfort of His arms. May He keep him until we meet again. My deepest sympathies to Marian...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Tricia Leahy Basile - Waltham, MA

“Billy was one of a kind, I sure never met anyone like him. His life force will live forever. ”
7 of 22 | Posted by: Joe McNamara - New York, NY

“Hi Marian, My condolences to you and your girls, Love, Norm ”
8 of 22 | Posted by: Norm MacInnis - Nottingham, NH

“Hello Marien, my condolences to you and the family. So sorry for your lost. Sorry I cannot attend but I'm out of town. ”
9 of 22 | Posted by: Marlene Roachford - Brockton, MA

“This is a great loss to the family and friends. Bill will be greatly missed by all. His laughter, enthusiasm and love of family was very special. ...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Linda Joseph - Hudson, NH

“Marion, Emily and Laura,I was shocked and saddened at the news of Bill's passing. May you all find comfort in the fond memories shared in this time...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Anne Pankratz - Billerica, MA

“Marian, Emily and Laura,I am so so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
12 of 22 | Posted by: Kerry Harris - Taunton, MA

“Our hearts swell! Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Bill will forever be part of the Lady Raider Basketball memories during Laura and Siena's...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Janis + Joe Mamayek - Melrose, MA

“My Dearest Marian, Jim and I were so sad to hear of Billy's passing. I know your family and friends will help you through this most difficult time. ...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Mary Ann Grayson - Saugus, MA

“I was Emily's roommate for years, and Bill was a shining light who would always come to our apartment to fix a stove, help with a car, share a bud...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Marybeth Deasy - E. Falmouth, MA

“Marian, Emily, and Laura, we are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing, we have such fond memories of him at basketball games and Bob will surely miss...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Lynn Cunningham - Melrose, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Bill was a great friend who always made a point of keeping in touch even from across the country...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Earl and Julie Barron - Oakland, CA


18 of 22 | Posted by: Julie Barron - Oakland, CA

“Every memory if Bill is a great one. He always put a smile on our faces. ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: Julianne Laubner - Falmouth

“This picture of Bill says it all. He lived his life full on, and I am grateful for having known him as a friend. ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: Linda Medeiros - Dunedin, FL

“My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. ”
21 of 22 | Posted by: Donna Campbell - Melrose, 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 M."Bill" Irwin, of Melrose, died at the Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Bradford, MA on May 11, 2018 at the age of 67. Bill was born & raised in Somerville and a graduate of Somerville High School, Class of 1969. He resided in Somerville until 1991 and Melrose for the past 21 years. Bill worked as a Mechanic for the MBTA for 30 years before his retirement at the age of 53. He was a member of the AFL-CIO Machinist Union in Boston, International Assoc. of Approved Basketball Officials and the Melrose YMCA, where Bill was a very active member. Bill umpired & refereed many baseball, basketball & field hockey games for the Greater Boston & Middlesex leagues and was an avid Boston sports fan. He loved cooking, boating, fishing, gardening and was very proud of his tomatoes & basil. Bill enjoyed spending his time with his family at their home in Bourne, MA and Monument Beach. He was a car enthusiast, could fix anything and loved Rock & Roll music. Bill loved animals especially his cats Buttons, Dusty, Baby Bear and Boo Boo. Bill was very proud of his girls and his family was the most important part of his life. He was the beloved husband of Marian R. (Rochon) Irwin for 32 years. Loving father of Emily C. Irwin and Laura E. Irwin, both of Melrose. Caring Brother of Constance M. Irwin & her husband Tak Chin of Somerville. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Tuesday, May 15th from 4-8PM. Procession from the Gately Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 16th at 8:45AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St., Melrose at 10AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill's memory may be made to the charity of your choice.