William P. Draicchio, Quincy Police Department, retired, age 89, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Monday, September 1, 2014, at the John Adams HealthCare Center, surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born in Quincy, raised and educated in Quincy schools and was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in July of 1943 and proudly served in the Pacific Theater during World War II and also served during the beginning of the Korean War. He was a member of the Cyril P. Morrisette American Legion Post in Quincy. Bill was a Quincy Police Officer for thirty-eight years. He was appointed to the department on April 1, 1951 and was well-known as The Dancing Cop for his unique mannerisms and motions while directing traffic and crossing school children at Quincys busiest intersection of Washington Street and Southern Artery for over thirty years. He was honored in 2002 when this intersection was named after him as the William P. Draicchio Square. He retired from the department in 1989. Also during this time, Bill worked in the mens department at the former Remicks of Quincy department store for thirty-three years. He was a popular salesman and was always known as a sharp dresser. In 1990, Bill began a new career in the Quincy City Clerks Office working in the Election Department and later served as the Registrar of Voters, a position he held for twenty years until January of 2014. He was a fixture at City Hall for all these years and was known as the Candy Man for his large selection of over sixty candy jars. Bill was an avid collector of Possible Dreams Santa Claus figurines. He was also an avid Boston sports fan and a member of the Torre dei Passeri Social Club. He was the husband of the late Charlaine H. (Foy) Draicchio who passed away recently on July 26; devoted father of Michele T. Paige-Kamborian of Quincy, William T. Draicchio of Quincy, Christopher T. Draicchio and his wife Kelly of Braintree, Michael T. Draicchio and his wife Kerry of Quincy. He is survived by nine loving grandchildren and two cherished great-grandchildren. He was the brother of Lucy Boyce of Weymouth and the late Joseph Draicchio. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Monday, Sept. 8, at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, at 10 oclock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Sunday 2-6 p.m. Interment with military honors at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy. For those who wish, donations in Bills memory may be made to the American Parkinsons Disease Association, MA Chapter, 72 East Concord Street, C3, Boston, MA 02218. The Draicchio family would like to thank the staff at the John Adams HealthCare Center for their loving and compassionate care and support during this difficult time. You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.
Sweeney Brothers Home For Funerals Inc
1 Independence Ave Quincy, MA 02169
Published in The Patriot Ledger from Sept. 4 to Sept. 5, 2014