Coady, William

January 11th, 2011

William Joseph Patrick Coady, age 79, of Kittery Point, ME, formerly of Newton, MA, died Monday, January 10, 2011, at the Sentry Hill Nursing Care Center following a lengthy illness.

Born on April 21, 1931 in Dorchester, MA, Bill was the devoted son of the late William and Mary (Foley) Coady. He was raised in the poor district of South Boston, Bill’s father was a fisherman and would leave his family alone for several weeks at a time. Bill was responsible for his family when his father was a away. For supplemental income Bill would sell newspapers as a young boy. Bill’s mother was a housekeeper and would clean homes, he had two younger sisters Jean and Helen that he need to care for during the day while his mother was working and his father was away.

After Bill graduated from South Boston High School he joined the Air Force to make a better life for himself. He was sent to Greenland during the Korean War. Bill was ordered to go to Thule Air Force Base in Greenland; his orders were to watch for enemy crafts. Bill spent a lot of time working the grave yard shift. The guys would joke about being “Knights of the Blue Nose” because of the frigid temperatures they worked in and the elements they endured. The conditions for most in Greenland were unbearable with subzero temps and limited amount of daylight. After proudly serving his country Bill was honorably discharged on February 24, 1956.

After the war Bill took advantage of the GI bill. Coming from a family with little to no education he was encouraged by his friends to enroll in college. Upon walking in to Bentley College in Watham, Bill realized that this was his calling. The first person he met was the founder and father of the College, Harry C. Bentley, who personally encouraged him to attend college. Bill was one of the first persons to graduate with a four year degree under the school of Accounting and Finance from Bentley. Later Bill entered Northeastern University and Suffolk University to further his education. During his college years Bill held various jobs such as working for a CPA firm, Insurance Company, doing individual taxes, and corporate taxes. He often tells folks about how he was the first ever in his family to graduate from a University.

Bill landed a job with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, in Cambridge, MA, in the early 70’s. He became a manager in the office of Financial Planning and Budget Management and held his position full time for the next 25 years, and then continued to work part time for MIT for a grand total of 33 years. While working at MIT, Bill moved to Newton, MA, where he resided for many years before moving to Maine.

During this time Bill’s family was experiencing hardships. His sister Jean became widowed when her fifth child was only one week old. Bill again stepped in to help support his family. Bill helped his sister raise her five children, they grew up calling him Uncle Joe. To this day both the children and his sister are very grateful to him. Bill never married, he remained a bachelor his whole life, but he had a full life and the love of his entire family and many friends.

Bill moved to Sentry Hill Nursing Care Center in York, ME, after a tragic accident. He stayed very active, helping in the recreation department with paper work on special occasions and other jobs. He enjoyed greeting staff members in the morning with his cup of coffee and his words of wisdom. Bill also had developed his own exercise program to keep fit. He enjoyed visits from his sister and other family members of a regular basis.

Bill was forever grateful for the opportunities and the privileges that were afforded him. By his hard work and perseverance, Bill has lived the American dream.

Bill was the beloved brother of Jean Sevigny & her husband Paul of Kittery Point, ME, formerly of Woburn, MA and the late Helen Prince and her husband Dr. Edward Prince of Newtonville, loving uncle of Maureen & Sam DeMango, and Jacqueline Aiesi all of Wilmington, Mary & Brian Conroy of Kittery Point, ME, Linda & Mark Conroy of Londonderry, NH, David & Caroline Prince and Maura Prince all of Newtonville, Stephen & Karen Prince of Florida, John Prince of South Boston, and the late Barbara Conroy, Paul Sevigny, and Catherine Prince, Uncle Joe is also survived by many great-nieces & nephews.

Family & friends will gather at the Burke & Blackington Funeral Home, 1479 Washington St. (Rte. 16) WEST NEWTON, on Friday, January 14th at 8:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 573 Washington St., Newton at 9:00 a.m. Interment Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Visiting hours Thursday, January 13th from 4-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in William’s name may be made to MIT, and mailed to Bonny Kellermann, Director of Memorial Gifts; 600 Memorial Drive, W98-500; Cambridge, MA 02139.


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  1. Maureen DeMango says:

    Please give Barbara and Paul a hug for us. We Love you Uncle Joe. <3 :(

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