William H. Shaughnessy

February 21st, 2012
William Henry Shaughnessy, affectionately known as Bill, passed away at just shy of the age of 71 on Monday, February 20th, 2012, at Lawrence General Hospital due to a heart attack.  Two of his five sons were present when he left us. 
He was born April 5th, 1941, at St. Elizabeth’s in Brighton MA, to Walter Shaughnessy and Edna Rooney Shaughnessy of Scott Street, Woburn, MA.  He grew up in Woburn with his two older siblings, Walter Jr. and Mary.  William graduated from Woburn High School in 1959.  He then went on to graduate from Boston College in 1964, with a Bachelors degree in Economics.  While earning his degree, William fought in the Golden Gloves in Lowell, MA, and won the novice division heavy weight championship in 1961.  He continued to box the following year, 1962, and won the light heavy weight championship in the open division. 
After completing his undergraduate studies, William matriculated to Suffolk Law School and graduated in 1967, with his J. D. degree.  He immediately began practicing law as an associate at Badger, Parrish, Sullivan, & Federick in Boston.  William then went on to Partner at the law firm of Badger, Sullivan, Kelley & Cole from 1970 – 1981.  During that time he ran for a seat on the Woburn City Council and won election in 1972.  He served his two year term with distinction and subsequently continued to practice law.  He entered private practice in 1981.  Additionally, William serviced the education of others with several teaching appointments, lecturing for the Mass. Continuing Legal Education Practice from 1978 -1981, and again in 1987-1988.
In the early 1970’s, William met the love of his life, Carolyn Mae Mishley.  They married in 1975, and started raising a family.  They began growing their family in Wilmington, MA and then soon relocated to Osgood Street in Andover, MA.  There, they started raising their five boys when tragedy struck. In 1985, Carolyn died of cancer.  The family remained in Andover for the next 26 years. 
William is survived by his brother Walter E. Shaughnessy Jr. of Winchester, MA, and his sister Mary A. Kelley of Winthrop, MA, and their families.  He also leaves behind his five sons all originally of Andover, John Joseph, Michael, David Matthew, Erik, and Marc Henry. 
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Nichols Funeral Home located at 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA.  All funeral services will be held Saturday, February 25, 2012.  The Wake service will be held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the funeral home and the burial service will immediately follow at Wildwood Cemetery.  The family asks that flowers be sent to the funeral home or donations can be made to The American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.   

22 Entries in Guest Book for “William H. Shaughnessy”

  1. Candace Ellis says:

    John, Michael, David Eric & Marc – so sorry for your loss.
    Your dad was a lot of fun, I remember him lining us all up to “race” in the road, or trying to “jump the fence” to get into the pool yard. Lots of good memories to remember him by, we had a lot of good times….
    We’re praying for you during this time.

  2. Lori Atkins says:

    Erik, Marc and Dave,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with each of you.


  3. Wendy says:

    I am still in so much shock over Bill’s death. He and I were just playing with Lily together on Sunday. My thoughts and prayers are with all the Shaughnessy boys!!!!

  4. Uncle Fred & Aunt Phyllis Zander says:

    Very sorry to hear of your loss! Though we haven’t seen your family in years, we still remember your Mother & Father in our prayers.

    Uncle Fred & Aunt Phyllis

  5. Doris says:

    May your hearts find comfort in knowing that Jehovah God cares for us, he provided a way for our sins to be forgiven – his son, Jesus Christ – John 3:16, Psalms 83:18. One day soon, we will reap the benefits of Jesus death and resurrection, when all suffering and death will be no more – Revelation 21:3, 4 – Jesus Christ promised, the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out – we will be reunited with our dear loved ones again here on earth -John 5:28, 29 -Psalms 37:11, 29. My deepest sympathy to the family for your loss.

  6. Tracy McDevitt says:

    John, David, Michael, Eric and Marc,

    We are so shocked by the loss of your father. I have known your father for a very long time and he was always an important part of our family. We are blessed to have know Billy and we will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Tracy McDevitt (Dango)

  7. Carolyn Kelley says:

    Dear Cousins,
    We are all so sorry.
    Your father loved you all very much and never missed a chance to boast about how proud he was of all of you. He was very happy at Christmas and we will all miss him very much. He touched many lives.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all,
    Carolyn Kelley

  8. kathleen Herrington says:

    Eric, We are so sorry for your loss. The Herrington Family

  9. Linda Fry says:

    Dear John, Michael, Erik, David & Marc:

    I was very saddened to hear about your father’s passing. He was someone that really lived every day with “hope” life would get better. While I know that words are only a small gesture of support, I want you to know that his spirit has touched many people’s lives as it did mine. Your dad never missed a moment to tell everyone how blessed he felt to have all his boys in his life.
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    My deepest sympathy and love to you and yours,


  10. Josephine Jones says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

  11. Julie Grace says:

    Marc and Erik,

    So sorry for your loss


  12. Pat Corbeil says:

    Deepest sympathy to you and your brothers. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Pat and Ron Corbeil (Doti’s sister)
    Lyman Maine

  13. jjShaughnessy says:

    I was there when he left this earth. He saw the sun just before he died. He was in the driveway looking to the sky. I saw his spirit go, He knew I was there and he suffered no more. I assisted in lifting him in to the ambulance, knowing that his last gift would be his his body to the organ donor society. I knew him as one of the most generous people I Ever met. And when he could not physically give anymore he left his body for those in physical need.

  14. Philip Kelley says:

    JJ, Michael, David, Erik and Marc, Very sad on your dad’s passing. He always spoke about his boys and how proud he was of you guys. He loved you very much. Philip

  15. Linda Haywood says:

    John, Michael,David, Erik, Marc, I am so sorry that your dad is no longer with us, but i rejoice knowing that he is with the lord and your mom, he was so special to me and i will always have a special place in my heart for him, he loved you boys more then anything, your dad was always there for me and i will never forget him. John i am so glad that you were with him and he was not alone. 2Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, i have finished my course, i have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only,but unto all them also that love his appearing. Please stay together and love each other may God Bless you and continue to smile on each and every one one of you. Much love Linda

  16. Lawrence Law Library says:

    We are all shocked and saddened by this news. He was a frequent patron of our facility and had become a friend to us all as well. He will certainly be missed. Our sincere condolences to the family, particularly the five sons he was so very, very proud of.
    Trial Court Law Libraries
    Lawrence Law Library

  17. Daniel says:

    In the last couple of years Bill became my friend and helped me in my own sturggles and legal battles. Bill was the most honest lawyer I have ever met and always giving his time to pro se litigants, help to new lawyers and practicing lawyers. I owe this guy.

    He is the type who didn’t take money. His justice was in the way he lived with principles and a sense of truth with values.

    I will miss my friend everyday. Daniel

  18. Marylyn Flores says:

    I have known Bill for three years. I met him in the Lawrence Library when he helped me do some research. He is such a sweet person. Always laughing and joking. Bill never hesitated to offer his help to anyone who needed it. People who coudn’t afford attorneys would enter the library in hopes the could find answers to what they feared they may encounter in the Court room. Bill was there to help them without reservation. Bill would drop anything he was doing to help anyone out. He was a compassionate and caring person. He was my friend, my greatest legal advisor and he will be missed so much. I will never forget the day I walked through those doors at the Court house and was told he passed away. It was such an awful feeling of shock and sadness. I will always remember our time we spent talking about the law, cases and just going to lunch and having a bite to eat. Bill, my husband and I will miss you so much. I really looked forward to your company every time I was at the Court House. My husband would often go to the Library just to chat with you. Everyone I introduced you to always came back to me and said “Saw Bill at the Library, he helped me out so much, he is so sweet and funny.” I’m sad that you let us so quickly, but I’m glad I got to know you and call you my friend. Until we meet again someday in heaven, you will always be remembered. God Bless you Bill and my condolences to your family.

    Marylyn Flores

  19. Paula (Kendrick) Fabello says:

    To all of Bill’s Family, Please know how very deeply saddened and shocked I was to learn of Bill’s recent passing. I have so many fond memories of him from our high school years at Woburn High. I was one of the lucky girls who dated the very handsome Billy Shaughnessy. He will forever be remembered in my heart as a very very special guy. I do hope each of you take comfort in all the wonderful, happy memories. God Bless

  20. kevin Doherty says:

    I am extremely saddened to kearn of my good friend Billys death. He gave so much of his Layer skills to so many for free over the yrs. He was a great guy and a wonderful friend . I will miss him greatly .

  21. kevin Doherty says:

    I am extremely saddened to kearn of my good friend Billys death. He gave so much of his Lawyer skills to so many for free over the yrs. He was a great guy and a wonderful friend . I will miss him greatly .

  22. Bruce MacNeill says:

    I met Bill some 12 years or so ago through my sister Linda and he always remained a close friend to me. I miss our “chatting it up” as he would say. Bill is the reason I returned to college after so many years, and yes finally graduating from Umass. From the cold day he went with me in November to watch my sons football game in Lawrence, to being there when I needed a true friend; Bill was always just a phone call away, it’s been almost a year gone by now and I still havn’t deleted Bills voice messages from my cell phone, every so often I play his messages just to hear his voice. I am sorry to all who knew Bill, and especially his sons, he always talked so proud of all of you and he should be, he was a great Dad, and a wonderful friend. I think of him often and miss him always. God bless.

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