William P. “Bill” Dilworth

March 3rd, 2014

William P. Dilworth, “Bill”, age 59, of Wilmington, died peacefully on March 1, 2014, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, with his loving family at his side. 

Bill was born on May 26, 1954, at the Chelsea Naval Hospital in Chelsea, MA; he was the cherished son of Mary E. (Lynch) and the late William P. Dilworth of Quincy.  Bill was raised and educated in Dorchester and was a graduate of Boston College High School.  Bill entered the work force for several years before deciding to further his education; he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Boston College in 1980.

Bill married the love of his life, Nancy Leonard, on September 10, 1982, and they had a wonderful life together.  Bill and Nancy made their home in Wilmington in May of 1984, and had their son, Dan, in 1986.

Bill was a lifelong Red Sox fan, and made sure to pass this on to his son at just four months old by waking him up in the middle of the night to watch the end of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. Fortunately, he never blamed himself or his son for the Red Sox’ loss that night.

Bill’s love for the Red Sox, however, was surpassed only by his love for his family. He was a devoted father, who became very involved in Dan’s school and extracurricular activities. This devotion led to tenures as President of both the Wilmington Youth Soccer Association and the Wilmington High School Band Parents, where he was admired and respected by youth and adults alike. 

Family was always first and foremost to Bill. He enjoyed getting together with his family and extended family for holidays, cookouts, and special celebrations.  One of Bill’s favorite adventures was an annual father and son camping trip to Lake Umbagog in New Hampshire with his son, brothers-in-law and nephews. There, he proudly assumed the responsibility of making sure fires weren’t too big, music wasn’t too loud, and no one was kicked out of the campground, and at this task, he was (mostly) successful.

Bill went to work for Fidelity Investment Company and worked his way up to the Director of Software Development after many years of hard work and dedication.  Bill had an endearing personality and was always willing to help others; he was well-loved at work and made many friends throughout the years. 

Bill will be fondly remembered as a devoted husband, father, son, brother, son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, and a true friend to many.  Bill would do anything for anyone; he was always there to lend a hand, an ear, or support someone in need.  Bill loved people and they loved him; he will be greatly missed by all. 

Bill was the beloved husband of Nancy A. (Leonard) Dilworth, devoted father of Daniel P. Dilworth and his girlfriend Sarah Sullivan of New Britain, CT, cherished son of Mary E. (Lynch) and the late William P. Dilworth of Quincy, dear brother of James Dilworth and his wife Lisa of East Bridgewater, Timothy Dilworth and his wife Gail of South Weymouth, Daniel Dilworth and his wife Karen of Weymouth, Edward Dilworth and his wife Mary Ann, and Mary Dilworth all of Quincy, son-in-law of Frances Leonard of Somerville, dear friend and brother-in-law of James and Judith Leonard of Pelham, NH, Joseph and Mimi Leonard of Litchfield, NH, Judith and Michael Gorman of Gray, ME, Caroline and Bill Butler of Rochester, NH.  Bill was also the loving uncle of many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, March 8th for Visitation from 1:00-3:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 3:00 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Lahey Clinic, Transplant Unit, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA  01805.


7 Entries in Guest Book for “William P. “Bill” Dilworth”

  1. steve marando says:

    Billy it’s hard to believe you’re gone so soon. You & your family were such a huge part of my life growing up. I’ll always remember Dyer Court, Glover Court, Moose Lake, the Belmont, marathon games of risk & tooling around in the VW. We’re gonna miss you brother.

  2. Kerri St. Onge says:

    I am so sorry for your lose. I got to know Bill and his family while he was in the hospital and am so sad to hear the news.

  3. Kris Todisco says:

    Sad day learning about this loss. Bill we will surely miss you. I always admired your balanced outlook on life, may we all take that forward with us.

  4. Susan McMullen says:

    Such sad news to hear of Bill’s passing. I thoroughly enjoyed all the times I worked with Bill at Fidelity. His wonderful personality made it so easy to work with him no matter what the circumstances.

    My heart goes out to his family and friends.

  5. Jill McPherson says:

    I was shocked and saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. Bill and I worked together at Fidelity and he was always one of my favorite co-workers. He and I had many conversations over the years about work, family and life in general. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends with the passing of this kind and considerate man. Bill, I will miss you.

  6. Tara Gallant says:

    Nancy an Dan ,
    I am so sorry to hear about bill . My thought an prayers go out to you both an the rest of your family , God Bless

  7. Frank DeSario says:

    Nancy and Dan, I am so sorry for your loss. I just learned of Bill’s passing and I am saddened by the news. Bill and I worked together at Fidelity and kept in touch meeting for coffee in Wilmington. I will miss his friendship. Bill was a great man who loved his family and will never be forgotten.

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