William G. Poist
of Westford; 80
WESTFORD -- William G. Poist, of Westford, July 26th in his 80th year. Beloved husband of Tina (Zahar). Devoted father of Diane Crowley of Worcester, Joseph G. Poist and his wife Susan of Plaistow, NH, Annette Doucette of Merrimack, NH, Denise Battick and her husband Peter of Holliston, and Karl Poist of Nashua, NH. Brother of Virginia Underwood of Laurel, MD. Also survived by 9 loving grandchildren, 3 cherished great-grandchildren and many nieces & nephews.
William Poist was born in Laurel, Maryland. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Industrial Management from Johns Hopkins University in 1955. Next he served in the U.S. Navy
aboard the USS Bristol DD 857 during 1956 and 1957. He met and married his wife of 56 years, the former Tina Zahar while stationed at the Newport, Rhode Island Navy base. In 1965, while working for the New England Electric System in various management positions he received a Masters of Business Administration with high honors. In 1971, he was hired by Commonwelath Energy as General Manager of Cambridge Gas Company. Over the next four years he oversaw the merger of the four gas subsidiaries (Cambridge Gas, Worcester Gas, New Bedford Gas and Dedham Hyde Park Gas) into Commonwealth Gas Division of Commonwealth Energy. In 1975 he was appointed Vice President of the newly formed division. In 1980 he was elected President of Commonwealth Gas. In 1991 he was elected Executive Vice-President of Commonwealth Energy System (with Electric, Gas and Steam Operations in Massachusetts). In 1992 he was elected President and CEO. He retired from this position in 1998. Worcester Polytechnic Institute Executive Training Program 1977, University of Massachusetts Senior Lecturer in Marketing 1975-1986, Chairman, Central New England College 1986-1989, Chairman, New England Gas Association 1981, Chairman, Associated Gas Distributors 1986-1987, President, Algonquin Council Boy Scouts of America 1987-1988, President, Rotary Club
of Westford 2003-2004, Chairman, Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America 1999-Present, Board Member, Junior Achievement Worldwide 1994-Present, Albert J. Schwieger Award for Outstanding Achievement Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1983, Outstanding Citizen, Algonquin Council Boys Scouts of America 1990, Humantarian Award, National Council of Christians & Jews 1994, Outstanding Citizen of the Year Cambridge Chamber of Commerce 1996, Good Scout Award, Cambridge Council Boy Scouts of America 1998, Ellis Island Medal of Honor 1998, Medal of St. George Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America 2007, Bill and Tina established and supported Junior Achievement in Albania, participated in J.A.W. Activities in Bulgaria, Greece, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and member of the Education Committee.
POIST -- A Funeral Service will be held Friday at the Albanian Orthodox Cathedral of St. George, 523 E. Broadway, SOUTH BOSTON at 11:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at St. George Cathedral Thursday from 4 - 8 p.m. Relatives & Friends respectfully invited. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Bill's memory to St. George Cathedral.
Laughlin, Nichols & Pennacchio Funeral Home
HYDE PARK 617-361-2410
Theodore F. Nichols - Director