William McQuillen
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William McQuillen, age 76 of Peabody, passed away at the Beverly Hospital after a period of declining health. The only child of William and Catherine (Ryan) McQuillen, Bill grew up in the Roslindale/West Roxbury section of Boston. He was a graduate of Boston Latin School, earned a Bachelor's degree from Boston StateTeachers' College, and a Masters degree from the University of Maine at Orono. Bill was proud of having been a member of the Boston Latin Drum and Bugle Corps that marched at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Bill's entire teaching career was spent with the students at the Middle School of Reading. He himself was a devoted student of history and enjoyed dressing in costume to play the part of historical characters. In his retirement, Bill enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox and the NewEngland Patriots and visiting historical sites, especially Gettysburg, and in more recent years had travelled to China, Serbia and Croatia. A faith-filled Catholic, Bill was a member of St. Adelaide's Church in Peabody and was a well-liked CCD teacher. Holding him close in memory are his cousins, Maureen Lord of Plymouth, Michelle Morgan of Boston, Dr. Kevin Ryan of Narraganset, RI, Judith Parsons of Hanover, Alice Daly of Weymouth and Barbara Farquhar of Merrimac as well as Paul Govoni and Jill Govoni Carter, both of Winthrop. He is further survived by his kind and generous neighbors and his Church family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Bill's name be made to one of his favorite charities, St Jude Hospital for Children 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105. Due to restrictions from the Covid-19 pandemic, Funeral Services will be private. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. WINTHROP. To sign Bills guestbook, visit our website at www.mauricekirbyfh.com.

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Published in Observer-Advocate from Apr. 30 to May 13, 2020.
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April 29, 2020
He was a fabulous History year her when I attended Coolidge Jr. High.. I have great memories of him & he even chaperoned our 8th grade Dance.. He loved his students & his career as a History Teacher.. RIP Mr. M ❤
Jennifer Kinsman
April 29, 2020
Mr. McQuillen was one of the best teachers that I ever had, tough but fair. I have though of him fondly over the years, he made a difference in my life and I am sure that I am not alone. Rest in peace Big Bill McQuill! Thank you for all you did for me and our class mates. - P Carroll
April 25, 2020
From your cousin Michele Morgan ((Mickey) - Remembering all our happy childhood memories. You were the most handsome little boy in your Communion Outfit. Someday we will meet again.
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