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William R. "Bill" Synnott

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William R. "Bill" Synnott Obituary
William "Bill" R. Synnott of Naples, Fla., passed away Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at the age of 80 with his beloved wife, Sue, by his side. Born in Fall River, to William and Marie [Labrie] Synnott on Dec. 29, 1929, Bill graduated from Boston University, Rutgers Stonier Graduate School of Banking, and the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School. A longtime resident of Wellesley Hills, and Jackson, N.H., Bill was a former Senior Vice President of Bank of Boston. As a pioneer in the field of computer technology in the '80s, he coined the term "CIO" (Chief Information Officer) and wrote two influential books: Information Resource Management, and The Information Weapon (Wiley & Sons). After retiring from Bank of Boston, he worked as a consultant for many years and then moved to Hong Kong, where he developed the first MBA program for Hong Kong Polytechnic University. While working there as a visiting professor, he also lectured and consulted extensively throughout Asia. In recent years, Bill and his wife split their time between Jackson, N. H., and Naples, Fla. An avid skier and golfer, Bill was also an accomplished jazz guitarist. Many will fondly remember his annual "Jazzin' in Jackson" Christmas CDS. Bill is survived by his best friend and wife of 43 years, Suzanne Moseley, and his loving family: Dianne Kelly and her husband, Richard, of Cream Ridge, N. J.; Mark Synnott and his wife, Lauren, of Jackson, N.H.; and Amy D'Annibale and her husband, Christopher, of Manhattan, N.Y., and Roxbury, Conn. He is also survived by his brother, Richard Synnott and his wife, Elizabeth, of San Diego, Calif. and his seven grandchildren: Caitlyn and Laura Rose Kelly; William, Mathew and Lilla Synnott; and Alexander and Olivia D'Annibale. Celebrations of his life will be scheduled at a later date in Naples, Fla., and Jackson, N.H. For online condolences visit www.fullerfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Wellesley Townsman from Nov. 18 to Nov. 25, 2010
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