William Joseph Powers, Jr., “Billy”, age 84, of Wilmington, formerly of Everett and Revere, died peacefully on March 18, 2017.
Billy was born on June 16, 1932 in Boston to Bill and Mary Powers. He was one of 5 siblings. Billy lived in Charlestown for a short while, Everett for over 40 years and Revere. Billy was a graduate of Everett High School.
Upon graduating from Everett High School, Billy enlisted in the Navy on January 18, 1952, serving in the Korean War. He was proud to serve his country and developed a love of travel. He “saw the world” and spoke often of the beautiful countries he saw France, Italy and Cuba just to name a few.
After the being honorably discharged from the military, Billy went to work in California driving trucks. Upon his return, he decided to enroll in “Electrical School” and to this day he still cannot change a light bulb or an electrical plug.
He then went to work “down the docks” in East Boston, South Boston and Charlestown. Billy worked as a time keeper for the Boston Longshoremen and was a member of the International Longshoremen’s Association. After over 40 years of service, Billy retired and resumed his love for travel with his companion Cathy.
Billy and Cathy loved taking cruises, going to Florida, Ireland and New Foundland.
Billy was a very active member of the Everett/Saugus Lodge of Elks #642 for over 50 years where he made many friends and enjoyed participating in the activities throughout the years.
Billy loved his family and spending time with them. He was always there to help, support or provide guidance. He loved spending time at cottages on Lake Attitash, swimming and driving the boat. He was always the first one to say “let’s have a get together” for no other reason but to spend time with his family that he loved so dearly.
He enjoyed going out to eat, dressing to the “nines”, and driving the latest model cars, especially his Infiniti. He loved his Boston sports especially the Patriots and Celtics. He even developed a love for golf even though he never picked up a golf club.
Twenty-five years ago, Billy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease; he kept an positive, upbeat, can do attitude. He was determined that this disease was not going to hold him back from doing the things that he enjoyed, especially living down Revere Beach.
Five years ago, he moved to BayBerry Assisted Living where he made many long-lasting friendships. He also rekindled may old friendships. He enjoyed the many activities that he participated in while there, but he looked forward to “Cream Puff” Sundays with his sister Susanne the most.
To sum up Billy’s life is difficult; he was like “Norm” from Cheers where everybody knows his name. He was proud to serve his country but most of all, he loved his family and was devoted of each one of them. Billy was quite a guy who was loved and will be missed by all.
Billy was the beloved son of the late William J., Sr. and Mary Agnes (Peddle) Powers, dear brother of James F. Powers & wife Jeanne of Basehor, KS, Susanne Carbone & husband Robert of Wilmington, the late Maryann Powers and Doris Tano, loving companion of the late Cathy Darragh. Billy is also survived by many nieces, nephews, two grand-nephews and one grand-niece.
Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, March 22nd for Visitation from 9:00-10:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors followed in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers donations in William’s name may be made to The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226.