William Willy Najjar of Braintree, a retired Senior Subcontract Administrator at MIT, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Quincy Medical Center, Quincy. He was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (Cummings) Najjar. Born in Boston, Mr. Najjar grew up in Dorchester. After graduating from Boston University, he served in the U.S. Army, was trained in Japan at the Yokohama Engineering Depot, made the Inchon landing and was stationed in Pusan during the Korean War. Subsequent to his Army discharge in 1954, he earned a master's degree at Boston University and taught at Avon and Lexington Junior High schools for a brief period. While at Avon, Mr. Najjar coached the high school basketball team to a conference championship and the quarter finals of the Tech Tourney. Later, as a contract administrator, he worked at Raytheon Company and the General Dynamics shipyard in Quincy. He was employed by MIT in the Central Subcontracting office for 10 years before retiring in 1996. Actively engaged in several social and athletic activities during his youth, he played and coached basketball at several levels. As a professional referee, Mr. Najjar officiated at small college basketball games. He organized and played for the Rompers and Dorchester Redwings basketball, softball and baseball teams. Willy, as he was fondly called, was a member of the Originally from Dorchester group and also founded the Friends from Dorchester Reunion and the Stud and Draw Poker Club. In his later years, he enjoyed tennis, speed walking and travel. With his wife he traveled to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and England on his planned itinerary plus many U.S. cities. Las Vegas was a favorite trip, although later Aruba was his most enjoyable experience. The annual "Najjar Family Christmas Party", which grew to over 90 persons, was planned and conducted by Mr. Najjar for many years. He is survived by children, Chris of Quincy, twins Laura Rozak of Chicago and Lawrence of Austin, Texas and Nancy Jackson of Easton. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Kelly Rozak and Derek and Dylan Jackson. Visiting hours will be held at the Peck Funeral Home, 516 Washington St., Braintree, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, from 4-8 p.m. There will be a gathering at the funeral home Wednesday, April 3, at 10 a.m. to be followed by a funeral Mass in St. Josephs Church, 550 Washington St., Quincy Point, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Braintree Cemetery. Donations can be made in Williams memory online as follows, go to www.massgeneral.org/heartcenter, click on Support the Heart Center on the right, click on Make a gift today, complete the requested information, click Donate Now or mail donations to Massachusetts General Hospital, Development Office, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Mar. 30, 2013