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WILLIAM GRAY BEATTIE

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WILLIAM GRAY BEATTIE Obituary
BEATTIE, William Gray 97, of East Longmeadow formerly of Quincy, on April 30, 2016. He was the devoted husband of 34 years to the late Marion E. (Smith) Beattie who died in 1984. Born and raised in Arbroath, County Angus, Scotland he was a son of the late Andrew & Jesse (Gray) Beattie. He served for 9 years in the British Army, including service in the Allied Forces during WWII, and was honorably discharged with the rank: Staff Sergeant. Having been trained as an upholsterer at an early age, William found work after his service in Her Majesty's Army, but in 1948 decided to immigrate to the United States. He was employed by MacGregor's Upholstery in Dorchester until 1963, when he accepted a job at the former Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. There, he would eventually become Manager of Foodservice and Head of Materials Management. He retired in 1983. An avid athlete who was active in social and fraternal endeavors, he was a life-member and 3rd degree Scottish Rite Mason as well as an accomplished and competitive square dancer into his 80's. He enjoyed playing the bagpipes, and was a member of the Boy's Brigade in Scotland. He was the loving father of Heather Gray Beattie and her husband David R. Reynolds of Hampden, Warren A. Beattie of Boston and Meredyth Greene Beattie of Weymouth. Cherished grandfather of Jessica Gray O'Brien and her husband James O'Brien of Boston, Alexandra M. Lydon of Boston, William Eisan of Plymouth and Nathaniel A. Reynolds of Somerville. Also urvived by great-granddaughter Fiona Gray O'Brien, and many nieces, nephews, extended family and good friends.Visiting Hours Friday May 6th from 5:00-7:00pm and Saturday May 7th from 10:00-11:00am at the Hamel, Wickens & Troupe Funeral Home, 26 Adams St, QUINCY CENTER. Funeral at the funeral home on Saturday at 11:00am with the Rev. John Culp, Pastor of Fort Square Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy. In lieu of flowers, donations in William's memory may be made to: Baystate Visiting Nurse & Hospice Assn, c/o Baystate Health Foundation, 280 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01199

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Published in The Boston Globe on May 4, 2016
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