William Maher
1954 - 2020
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William P. Maher, Jr. 65

LEOMINSTER - William Patrick Maher, Jr., 65, of Leominster, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2020 with his loving daughters by his side after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Bill was born on July 27, 1954 in Binghamton, NY, the son of William P. and Marian (Davis) Maher. One of seven children, he was raised in Lexington, MA. He graduated from Lexington High School and worked as a Millwright at Raytheon Company for 42 years.

He leaves his devoted daughters, Marissa Fratoni and her husband, Mark of Leominster, Melanie Pung and her husband, Michael of Statesboro, GA; two grandchildren whom he adored, Emma and Olivia Fratoni; a brother, Michael Maher and his wife, Nancy of Ashland; five sisters, Maureen Vaccaro and her husband, Joe of Santa Clarita, CA, Anne Maher and her husband, Stuart of Plymouth, Peggy Anthony of Leominster, Terre Maher of Cleveland, OH and Patricia Maher of North Grosvenor Dale, CT; ex-wife Michelle Rupert of Palm Bay, Fl with whom he remained friends; many nephews and nieces; a very large extended family and many friends.

Bill was a quiet man with a booming voice. Above all, he was a devoted Dad (Darby) and Grampy, though he fiercely loved his entire family. He thoroughly enjoyed countless family gatherings and events over the years. He also found peace in moments of solitude. He carried a keen sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh. He had a profound work ethic and never shied away from overtime. He was also greatly talented with the written word.

Bill was an ever present father figure to many of his daughter's friends. "Coach Bill", as he was affectionately known, coached Leominster Lassie League throughout his daughters' youth. He was an avid golfer, a Boston sports fanatic, a huge fan of classic rock and roll music. He loved to drive and listen to his favorite bands, a love that he instilled in his daughters and shared with all of his passengers. He was always ready for an adventure, whether it was a road trip across the country, or a long-drive through New England just because.

He was surrounded by friends and loved ones in many different social circles. He was a devout Christian, a member of Hope Chapel in Sterling. He was bolstered by his faith, finding courage and strength in his beliefs, as well as the immense support that was provided by his loving congregation.

Bill was also a dedicated member of his meetup groups. He loved to dance and listen to live music with his dear friends. He also loved playing trivia, sharing a meal, and watching movies with his meetup people.

Bill loved his Raytheon family as well. Through all of his social circles he gained an extended family that he cherished greatly.

Dependable, funny, witty, calm, hard-working. Consummate champion of the underdog. Always ready to listen, forgive, comfort, support, and give a big bear hug. Bill, Billy, Darby, Dad, Grampy, Uncle Ted leaves a legacy of love and peace that transcends time, space, and realm.

All are invited to visit with Bill's family from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020 in the Miles-Sterling Funeral and Tribute Center, 100 Worcester Rd., Sterling. A funeral service honoring and celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2020 in Hope Chapel, 35 Chocksett Rd., Sterling with the Pastor Neal Davidson officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in Bill's memory to Hope Chapel, P.O. Box 125, Sterling, MA 01564.

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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Mar. 14 to Mar. 15, 2020.
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March 9, 2021
I incorrectly signed the previous post to my brother Billy. I know you’re laughing at me Bill! The name should read Anne Maher Heller!!
Anne Maher Heller
Sister
March 9, 2021
It is one year ago today that my brother Billy left this world. It seems like only yesterday I held your hand in your hospital room. This has been such a difficult year beginning with losing you at the start of the pandemic year. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about you and say a prayer for your peace and for your daughters and granddaughters. You are so missed dear brother. I love you.
Anne Maher Hellet
Sister
April 29, 2020
I'm so sad to hear of Bill's passing. He and I met through Meetup several years ago. He was always so kind and friendly, and he always seemed so happy when he was dancing! He will be missed.
Karen W.
March 20, 2020
What a delight it was to have met Bill. Thank you, Melanie, for bringing him into our lives. He brightened every day with his funny FB posts. He shared family history in a quiet but proud way. And it was obvious he loved his children with all his heart. He will be missed.
Mary Kate Pung
Family
March 19, 2020
Was so very saddened to learn of Bills passing. RIP, dear neighbor from our younger days in Lexington. Im sending healing thoughts to the entire Maher family. With deepest sympathy, Leann.
Leann Griesinger
Neighbor
March 18, 2020
So glad I had an opportunity to meet Bill. He was a good guy and will be missed. We need more folks like him.
Oscar Pung
March 16, 2020
Im sorry.
Joseph Maher
March 16, 2020
I played golf with Bill in the Raytheon League. He always had jokes and we competed on "bad puns" all the time. He was a good golfer and friend to all. Despite his situation, he was always upbeat with a smile. Miss you Bill. Rest now but we will always fondly remember you.

Gary Green
Middletown, CT
Gary Green
March 15, 2020
Marissa Fratoni
March 15, 2020
Marissa Fratoni
March 15, 2020
Marissa Fratoni
March 15, 2020
Marissa Fratoni
March 15, 2020
Marissa Fratoni
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Marissa Fratoni
March 15, 2020
The Maher Siblings
I will miss Billy's quiet presence in our loud and active family. I will miss seeing his face light up when his beautiful granddaughters Emma and Olivia come into the room. I will miss seeing his interaction with his beloved daughters Marissa and Melanie. I will miss hearing his excitement when one of his beloved Boston sports teams wins a championship. I will miss Billy's very funny Facebook posts (where did you find some of this stuff, Billy?!). I will miss including Billy on an email to "the siblets" as he called us, his siblings. It's always been the 7 of us siblets, I just can't think about the fact that it's now 6. As I told Billy last Sunday, our last day with him, it will ALWAYS be the 7 of us...ALWAYS. I love you dear brother Billy, my heart is breaking.
Anne Maher Heller
March 15, 2020
Dearest Darby - It's been a very strange week. I'm grateful that you're not here having to deal with all of the crazy that's happening. As Mel said - all sports seasons have been cancelled or postponed. And all social gatherings have been shelved for now also. We will celebrate you in a few months once we're beyond all of this chaos. We know that you would want what's best for everyone, and for us not to worry about it. Emma has been drawing pictures for you and misses you greatly. I told her that you're always here with us and that she can talk to you whenever she needs you. I know you'll get the message and respond when you can. Livi is her happy little self. She was looking for you when we visited the other night. I'm sure she'll continue to look for you. You shared a special bond. We hold you in our hearts Darby/Grampy. Love you and miss you more than words can say. Love your buddy, Mariss ❤❤
Marissa
Daughter
March 15, 2020
Bill was a great friend and neighbor always there when needed we watched each others dogs when either of us went away I'll miss him a lot my prayers and thoughts go out to his family and friends
JOAN DOHERTY
Neighbor
March 15, 2020
I'm so very sorry, Melanie, to learn of your dad's death. What an ordeal he lived through. You have been a beautiful daughter to him, and he definitely knows that. And what a beautiful tribute to him this is: it gave me a window into what he was like as a wonderful human being. Please know that you are in our thoughts during this time. He will definitely live on through you. My heart aches for you right now. Fondly, Sue and Joe
Sue Smith
March 15, 2020
Hi Dad! It's so hard to grasp that you're not here on Earth with us anymore. But your soul is free from the pain, the nausea, the cancer. Things are really weird right now... all sports have been postponed! You would have hated that and everything that is going on right now. Yesterday I listened to Tom Petty and felt my chest clench and tears coming. I almost shut it off but then I remembered that the reason for the reaction is that I love you so much and miss you. I let the song keep playing and switched my mind to happier memories. Our trip to Ireland, your visits to GA and CA, Sox games, having dinner together, dancing at my wedding...all good things. I never want to turn off the songs we love and even if it hurts for a minute, I can use it to reflect on all the good stuff. I'll miss you forever but I don't have to go far to know that you're with me. In fact, 50% of me is you!!! Love you Dad!!! Love always, your Melly.
Melanie Pung
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