Family Login:

William J. "Bill" Pressley

William J. "Bill" Pressley
  • December 25, 1940 - February 19, 2018
  • Newton Centre, Massachusetts

Share This Obituary



Bill was not only a creative and talented landscape architect. He was a patient teacher,, mentor and friend.
I worked for Bill for 2 summers while i was at the Harvard GSD, back when his office was in his beautiful victorian house in Newton. I think he only had 4 employees at the time. The office was on the 3rd floor and it got quite warm. He decided it was time to put the air conditioners in for the

... more

Posted by: Bruce Leish - Newport, RI   Jun 28, 2018

Watching the Faneuil Hall landscape take shape at BTA was an education in city making and how to create a historically appropriate urban environment. Bill will be missed for that and his sunny personality. My condolences to Marion and the rest of his family.


Posted by: Richard Smith - Swampscott, MA - Coworker   Jun 21, 2018

To the entire Pressley family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times.
Michael D. Farias and family


Posted by: Michael Farias - Fall River, MA - Friend   Jun 14, 2018


I just recently learned of Bill's passing and wanted to express my sympathies to his family and friends. Bill was a classmate, teammate and fraternity brother at Fayetteville-Manlius High School outside of Syracuse. I remember him as a very considerate and thoughtful friend with a quick wit and always a smile on his face. I'm sure that all of you miss Bill greatly.

If possible, I would like to attend Bill's Celebration of Life on June 25th. My contact information is listed below. Thank you and best regards,

Tom Day
Cell: 978-764-6089


Posted by: Tom Day - Marblehead, MA - Classmate   Jun 04, 2018

Bill Pressley helped make Boston, Cambridge, Lowell and other Massachusetts cities more pedestrian-friendly and aesthetically pleasing with his landscape and cityscape expertise. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Harvard Square, Kenmore Square, Piers Park in East Boston, and many other public areas, as well as private landscapes, would never have reached their full potential without him. As his Marketing Director, I was proud to promote him to the world. Rest in peace, Billyour green (and red brick) thumb greened greater Boston as few did.


Posted by: Todd Larson - Watertown, MA - Coworker   May 17, 2018

Dear Marion, Elaine, and extended Pressley family, Please accept my most sincere condolences and deepest sympathy on your loss. Bill was my first employer, while I was still studying at the GSD for my MLA back in summer of 1981. The office was still in the attic of your house in Newton Centre then, and in between coloring site plans, my job was to paint the interior of the loft in the carriage house. The work that summer was interesting

... more

Posted by: John Amodeo - Boston, MA - Coworker   Apr 11, 2018

So sad to hear, ohhh no you were such a good person to us, kind,lovely and happy.We shall miss you.RIP


Posted by: Harriet Nakamanyisa - Waltham, MA - Significant Other   Apr 09, 2018

Dear Family of Bill:
I worked at Northeastern University for 35 years, retiring as Senior Vice President for Development. Bill transformed the Boston campus to a delightful welcoming urban campus with distinctive lighting, walkways, lawns, shrubbery and seating areas. The ascendance of Northeastern and the desire that young people have to attend Northeastern is, in large part, due to Bill. On a personal note, Bill gave wonderful advice to me and my wife regarding landscape design of our first home

... more

Posted by: Gene Reppucci - Wayland, MA   Mar 16, 2018

Ibby and I were saddened to hear of Bill's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ibby and Jose Lizardo


Posted by: jose lizardo - plymouth, MA - Friend   Mar 08, 2018

To Mariam, family and associates; My wife and I were stunned to hear of Bill, passing. He was an extraordinary practitioner, full of creative energy and a wonderful friend. The many Fidelity Investments campuses and real estate endeavors will stand as testaments to Bill's contextual design talents. I will forever be in his debt. Our deepest sympathies, Lee & Melvin Wesley


Posted by: Melvin Wesley - Pawtucket, RI - Family Friend   Mar 04, 2018