William B. Mackie, 101
WORCESTER - William B. Mackie, 101, of Worcester and formerly of West Boylston, died Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at the Jewish Healthcare Center in Worcester.
His wife of 73 years, M. Julia (McCann) Mackie, died in 2008.
He leaves a son, William B. Mackie Jr. and his wife Mary of Worcester; five grandchildren, Susan E. Mackie of Worcester, Judith A. Morin of Irving, Texas, Jonathan T. Mackie of Worcester, William C. Mackie of Leicester and David R. Mackie of Bolton; nine great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother John J. Mackie, and his two sisters, Helen J. Brown and Margaret Price.
Bill was born in Fitchburg, son of John J. and Helen J. (McSheehy) Mackie. He lived in Worcester and later West Boylston for many years before moving to Lake Worth, Florida in 1977. He and his wife returned to Worcester in 2004.
Bill was a graduate of Fitchburg High School where he was an outstanding athlete. He played basketball and baseball, and excelled in football. He established state scoring records during his football career some of which survived more than 60 years. He was the leading offensive star as a triple threat tailback on Fitchburg's undefeated 1933 team, which beat the very best high school teams in Massachusetts including Brockton, Arlington, Gardner and Leominster.
His entire 1933 football team was inducted into the Fitchburg High School Hall of Fame in 2009.
Bill was the General Foreman in the Engineering & Construction Services Dept. of the Norton Company in Worcester, where he worked 43 years, retiring in 1977.
Bill enjoyed travelling and playing golf.
The Mackie family extends their gratitude to the staff of the Jewish Healthcare Center and its Hospice Program for the skilled and compassionate care they provided to Bill.
A Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church with burial in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, both in West Boylston.
The Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester, directed funeral arrangements.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Jan. 18 to Jan. 19, 2016.