WILLIAM BUELL
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BUELL, William Teacher for the Pentucket Regional High School for many years William Buell, 70, of Merrimac, MA passed away peacefully on January 6, 2021 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a courageous battle with lymphoma. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Claire Gérin Buell of Québec and Merrimac, MA, his son Guillaume and his wife Jessica Buell of Rowley, MA, and his daughter Elisabeth and her husband Matthew Beane of Salem, MA. He is also survived by his sister Anne-Margaret and her husband Dennis Baum of Bedford, NY and his beloved extended family and friends in Québec and across the U.S. William was born in 1950 in New York City and spent more than 30 years as a teacher; most of them at the Pentucket Regional High School, where he taught and mentored thousands of students, including his two children. After retiring, William served as an elected member of the Pentucket Regional School Committee. His family will always cherish running into countless former students who always ask the same question: "How is Mr. Buell? I loved having him as a teacher!" A lover of history and books, and a devout Catholic, William will be remembered as a man of letters, and as a kind, compassionate, and loving family man. He always put the interests of his family and others first. Those who knew him are better for their time spent with him. A proud American, he honorably served his country in the United States Army after college. He always thought America could face any modern challenge, in light of its ability to do so countless times in its history. Visiting Hours: His family will hold a private Memorial Service. In lieu of flowers, William's family asks that those who knew and loved him donate blood to a local blood bank, or donate to the Mass General Cancer Center https://giving.massgeneral.org/cancer/donate/ His family is deeply grateful for the incredible care he received from the nurses and doctors at Mass General throughout his battle with cancer.


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Published in Boston Globe from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 18, 2021
He was my favorite teacher of all time. He was one of the nicest, funniest, and passionate people I know, and he was the person that sparked my interest in history and inspired me to keep that love of history. My deepest condolences to his family.
Rebecca Schmidt
Student
January 14, 2021
Mr. Buell, as I've stated countless times to others, you were my favorite teacher. As a student I admired your intelligence and interests, but most of all, your wit. You had an unmatched ability among the staff to truly make me laugh. As the great educator and role model you were, you will surely be missed.

My deepest condolences to Mrs. Buell, Guillaume, Elizabeth, and family.
Sean Lundy
Student
January 13, 2021
Mr. Buell was one of my favorite teachers - I had him as a History teacher and also was a part of the Yearbook Club. He was a wonderful teacher and person. I am so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kristen Adrien
Student
January 12, 2021
Mr. Buell was one of the most intelligent, witty teachers I ever had. I learned so much about life from him, and could always guarantee that class would be interesting. He showed me what it means to be a great teacher and a great human being. Condolences to his family.
Bryanna
Student
January 12, 2021
Ms. Claire and family-

Please know the Sunkenberg family is thinking of you and we are so sorry for your loss.
Janet, Dave, Peter and Thomas Sunkenberg
Student
January 10, 2021
Dear Ms. Claire and family,
Mr. Buell was a great history teacher. He loved to talk about CUA as my brother, John, was a student there. He shared his love of history and helped develop that interest in American history. I was fortunate to have my life cross paths again as my twins had Ms. Claire. It was a pleasure to know him as a student and later as a friend. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Sarah Perry
Sarah Perry
Student
January 10, 2021
Sorry to hear of your loss. Bill you will be missed.
Don Di Felice
Coworker
January 10, 2021
Bill, I will miss our lunches together. I feel so blessed to have had you as my friend. I promise to keep everyone from freezing ;-)
Rachael Costello
Friend
January 10, 2021
Claire,
I was devastated when I heard of Bill’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
He will be missed so very much!
Please let me know if you need anything.
P.S. What am I going to do without my biggest fan?
Kathy Peavey
Friend
January 10, 2021
Dear Miss Claire and family,
We are deeply sorry for you loss, you are in our prayers.

The LaPointe Family
(Kolton and Brody)
Shannon LaPointe
Friend
January 10, 2021
Mr. Buell was not just an incredible teacher and mentor, but an exceptional man. Brilliant, kind, infinitely hilarious, and never short on the perfect story for the perfect moment. My deepest condolences, and sending love and prayers to his family.

Shashi Shankar & Family
Shashi Shankar
Student
January 10, 2021
Mr. Buell was a stand up guy. I’m a former student who was in his honors history class. I protested that I was in the wrong class because I was terrible at history, but Mr. Buell believed in me and I stayed in his class. He was fabulous and even wrote me a letter of recommendation for college. He connected over baseball (because he knew how much I loved it, I even played in Babe Ruth over the summers!) and he would always share stories about his daughter and how she worked for the Red Sox organization. I’ll always remember the story of how Big Papi offered her his shirt and she turned it down! Too funny. He will truly be missed!
Julia Weiner
Student
January 9, 2021
Dear Miss Claire & Family
I am very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts.
Evan & Riley Flanagan's Grammy

Nancy Sheehan Anderson
Acquaintance
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