Condolence & Memory Journal

From time to time I return to these loving messages to be reminded of what Bill meant to so many. Bill was my oldest child, from the time he was born he had this happy countenance about him that could not be denied. He grew and that never changed. He was always that person you knew, as co-worker, client and friend. He was such a hard worker and took all of that seriously, at the same time relaxed enough to see the humor in situations, laugh, and make lasting connections along the way. So many names are familiar in these condolences Thank you all for the time taken to write such kind messages about him for us, for me. I am comforted by them. Bill's Mom, Margaret []

Posted by margaret fearnley - Family   August 09, 2021

I worked with Bill while he was an analyst at IDC. He was passionate about his work and an absolute pleasure to work with. It was very sad to learn of his passing. My condolences.

Posted by Mike Ward - London   September 06, 2018

I worked with Bill for four years at FTN Equity Capital, where he was a real mentor to me. I remember his deep curiosity, sharp wit, and mirthful sense of humor. He never seemed happier to me than when he would talk about his wife and daughters. I know he will be missed very much.

Posted by Matthew Whitaker - Cambridge, MA - coworker   May 26, 2018

It was with great sadness that I learned of Bill's sudden passing. I first met Bill ~8 years ago when he was with Celent and I was briefing him on analytics technology for financial services from SAS. We both realized that we had many parallel tech industry career experiences and became good friends. We kept in touch on a regular basis and our last chat was March 19 at the IDC Directions reception the night before his keynote address the following day. Bill was a positive, enthusiastic person who always knew his subject matter and was as interested in personal interactions as with the business topic at hand. He was a proud father and mentioned his family every time we got together. Bill was a respected thought leader in the industry analyst community and I know that many tech industry colleagues along with myself will really miss him. My thoughts and prayers go to his family.

Posted by David Wallace - Greensboro, NC - Friend   May 22, 2018

I worked with Bill at FTN and always knew him to be a wonderful man with a great sense of humor, a sharp mind, and a warm compassion for all - especially his girls. Hearing he had passed made me very sad, he will be missed.

Posted by Peter Costa - Winchester, MA   May 18, 2018

Bill was a charming, funny, witty man - the kind you think will always be there. I didn't know him very well and we were no longer work colleagues, but every time I saw him he would smile, shake my hand, and give me some kind words and the news of the day. I'm surprised to hear this news, and so sad for his family, who Bill clearly cherished. Many anecdotes began with a story about one of his daughters. Hard as this must be on his family, as you can tell from all the kind words from friends and colleagues, Bill was a special person who will be remembered for a long time to come.

Posted by Robert Mahowald - Westport, MA - Coworker   May 18, 2018

Margaret, I was so shocked and saddened when I saw that your son Bill had passed. I'll be praying and sending you much love. I love you

Posted by Kathy Spinelli - Salem, MA - Coworker   May 15, 2018

I am shocked and saddened by Bill's passing. We worked together at Celent/Oliver Wyman, but we also went to the same school, Babson College, and so we always shared the stories, the jokes... a true friend. He always found a reason to laugh. Nothing would stop him, so full of energy. He was so proud of his three daughters, of how smart and beautiful they are. We would share boys and girls' kids stories, as I have two boys. He was always willing to help, no matter what it would take.

My condolences to the family, Bill will certainly be very much missed.

Posted by Isabella Cagnazzo Fonseca - Costa Rica   May 15, 2018

My world feels a little dimmer since I received this news. Bill and I haven't worked together for a few years but we managed to stay in touch sporadically. He truly was a funny, loyal, and compassionate friend. I will miss his stories and updates about his girls. How fortunate you are to have had him for a father. Bill, I will miss you always but know you are watching over us all.

Posted by Susan Fahnestock - Lexingtonq, MA - Coworker   May 15, 2018

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Bill's sudden passing. I worked with Bill briefly at IDC - he was friendly and always in a good mood and extremely helpful. We both grew up in Needham and would share stories about our time at NHS and he would often send me random articles and facts about always made me laugh! My thoughts and prayers go to Bill's family.

Posted by Ali Close - MA - Coworker   May 15, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Bill at Midwest Research and later at FTN Equity Capital Markets where he earned the sobriquet "Billy Two Times" for his penchant of repeating himself to make a point. I never met a kinder and gentler should than Bill. We shared many laughs together. Every time I spoke to Bill I left with a smile on my face.

My deepest condolences to Bill's family.


Posted by Manolo Teijelo - Ocean Grove, NJ - Friend   May 15, 2018

I was very sad to read of William's passing. I remember him well as a first grader at Broadmeadow. Hie was a good student and he was enjoyable to teach. My sincerest symlpathy to his mom, Margaret whom I also remember.

Posted by Connie Owens    May 15, 2018

I was very sad to hear of William's passing. I remember him well as a little first grader at Broadmeadow and he as my student.

Posted by A friend   May 15, 2018

I was stunned and saddened to learn of Bill's passing. He was such a genuine person and always brought laughter to the office. He will be greatly missed in the office.

So very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Mary Conroy - Walpole, MA - Coworker   May 15, 2018

I've worked on / off with Bill for the past 5 years in my analyst relations role here at IBM. In the past 12 months, we've worked much more closely together as Bill focused on Blockchain exclusively. Bill was a true delight to work with - he was just as much a friend as a colleague. Bill would text me at any time - day or night, sharing a tidbit of something he learned. or asking how he could connect with IBM execs at various events that he was at. On our interactions with our execs, many times he started with a fun quip but then got right down to business. He will be missed not just by myself but by many of us here at IBM.

Posted by Holly Hilbrands - NC - Coworker   May 15, 2018

He was a friend of my brothers (Dave) and he was nice and always made me laugh

Posted by Ann Gale - Simpsonville, SC - friend   May 14, 2018

Lillian and I are so saddened to hear of Bill's death. What a terrible shock.

We will be praying for all of you.

Posted by Christen M Varley - Akron, OH - Family Friend   May 14, 2018


It has taken me at least four days to write this, as i was so sad to hear of Bill's passing. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends - he was so proud of you all. I will always remember his passion for his field, Mr. Blockchain I called him, and recall his great sense of humour as I sent him cartoons and jokes. My organization used him for a number of speaking opportunities, and everyone just loved having Bill around. I am happy to have known Bill, and will always remember his outgoing nature, his kindness. He was one of a kind.

Posted by Cindy Morgan-Olson - Hoboken, NJ - Friend   May 14, 2018

Caroline, Annie, & Marie- The thoughts and prayers of the entire Weston Memorial Pool Staff and Weston Recreation Staff are with you during this difficult time. Although we did not personally know your Dad, we know that he must have been great because of the three wonderful daughters that he raised.

Posted by Weston Recreation Memorial Pool Staff - Weston, MA   May 14, 2018


Incredibly sad to hear of Bill's passing. I worked with him at Celent/Oliver Wyman. Bill always took the time to have a friendly conversation, share information, ask about family, and beam with pride when he talked about his daughters. It was nice to meet his Mom when he'd bring her to the BSO events. My sincerest condolences to all who knew and loved him. He won't be forgotten.
RIP, Bill xo

Posted by Valerie Sachetta - Boston, MA - Coworker   May 14, 2018

I am shocked and saddened by Bill's passing. Bill was a frequent contributor to my class at Babson College on the blockchain and cryptocurrencies. He was a fount of knowledge, and proud of being a Babson alum. I regret that I never had a chance to sufficiently thank him for his help this past semester. I will miss his wisdom, humor, and camaraderie.

Posted by Steven Gordon - Waban, MA - Acquaintance   May 14, 2018

When I think of Bill, I think of the great energy and enthusiasm he brought to the projects in which he was involved. You could tell he not only possessed a deep knowledge of the subjects he was researching (like BlockChain) he also had a love of the whole process of exploring and learning about new concepts. His liveliness, and smiling face, will be missed.

Posted by Shawn McCarthy - MA - Coworker   May 14, 2018

So very sad to hear this news! Such a nice guy - we were colleagues and I used to sit near his office. Every day he made me laugh and he had such a zest for life!! And a very proud Dad. My condolences to his daughters and family.

Posted by Cindy Simeone - Woburn, MA   May 14, 2018

I really enjoyed working with Bill, he was funny and smart. I spent time with Bill at a recent IDC event. We talked about software extensively but we also caught up on our personal lives and he told me proudly about his three daughters accomplishments. Professionally I relied on his expertise for guidance and personally I enjoyed his wit.

My fondest memory of Bill was at a SAS hosted event in Steamboat Springs CO. He attended a snow mobile excursion and unfortunately lost his glasses. For the remainder of the conference he had to wear his prescription sunglasses. It made him look funny, like a celebrity trying to hide, but he was such a good sport about it and laughed it off.

Bill will be very missed.

Posted by Carol Burniston - Cary, NC   May 14, 2018

His girls were his pride and joy! Bill loved them beyond words and in everything he did! We talked about them daily!!

Bill was quite an example for me and in many of my parenting goals. I'm lucky to have shared a short time on this earth with such a special, kind and caring man. He will be so deeply missed!!!

Posted by Ally Hughes - MA - Coworker   May 14, 2018

To Caroline, Annie and Marie, mywZ5u prayers are with you and your father. Do well and make him proud. Mrs Curtis (Ursuline Academy retired)

Posted by William Curtis - NATICK, MA - Teacher   May 14, 2018

I am deeply saddened to learn of Bill's death today and am so sorry that his daughters, family and friends lost such a great guy.
I worked with Bill at Apple and then again at Navisite and we kept in touch when we went our separate ways. Bill was such a wonderful guy. I liked him a lot----always cheerful, great sense of humor, always interested in how it was going for me and my family. Not an evil bone in his body. Now I regret not keeping in closer touch with him as I think we could have been closer and would have been great friends. But somehow we think great guys like Bill will just be there when we want to get in touch. Very sad and a lesson leaned.
I'll miss Bill and am very sad so I can only imagine how hard this must be for his family. My heart goes out to you in this terrible time of sorrow. I hope and pray that over time the pain of losing Bill is slowly replaced by the joy of having him here close you you.

Posted by George Frazier - Medfield, MA - Friend   May 14, 2018

I'm was so sad to hear about Bill's passing. He was a ray of sunshine and was such a pleasure to work with. His willingness to engage and collaborate was second to none. BIll shared his knowledge freely and was always so willing to find a mutual connection. In my instance, we realized we had a "Canadian" connection - with his grandmother coming from Nova Scotia. He reminded me of that often with witty comments and emails about odd/funny stories about Canada.

He spoke so lovingly of his daughters and all of their many successes. My deepest condolences to his dear daughters and family.

I'll miss Billy Blockchain deeply. Rest in peace.

Posted by Carrie MacGillivray - Canada, MA - Coworker   May 13, 2018

Margaret, am so sorry over the loss of your son. Prayers coming your way for you and your family

Posted by Mary Purdy - West Roxbury, MA - Coworker   May 13, 2018

Shocked and saddened to hear the news of Bill. His graceful wit and supportive smile helped ease many a stressful day. I was an office neighbor grateful for his early arrivals and early coffee making, which often included a note on local sports team successes. Bill helped improve all who he knew and we will be challenged to live up to the standards of performance and professionalism he set.

Posted by Ray Boggs - Millis, MA   May 13, 2018

My deepest sympathy to Bill's three daughters of whom he was so proud and lovingly called his three chickadees, his mom, family and his many friends.

I only recently met Bill when he joined IDC. However, he's one of those people who you feel like you've known forever. Bill was an extraordinary analyst, willing to go the extra mile to collaborate, share his extensive knowledge of blockchain, and mentor interns and new employees. He was well respected and loved by his colleagues and clients. He was simply a pleasure to work with, smart, thoughtful, kind, and quick with a funny story or expression. Bill was our Mr. Safety, making sure any woman working late at night was walked safely to her car even if it was still light out in the summer! I will miss seeing his smiling face around the beehive as he called the office and our regular chats about work and things outside of work.

Posted by Lynne Dunbrack - Wayland, MA - Coworker   May 12, 2018

We are so very sad to learn of Bill's passing. We will always remember him as a gregarious fun loving genuine and responsible man who was always easy to be with and who loved his daughters very much. We would jokingly call him Mr. Safety when he came to visit as he would open the kitchen knife drawer seeing them not lying flat or in sleeves he would and tell me this is an accident waiting to happen. Godspeed Bill. Our hearts are heavy.
Warren & Terese Haseley

Posted by Terese Haseley - Lockport, NY - Friend   May 12, 2018

I am very sorry to read about Bills passing to the Lord. My prayers go out to his family. I recall him fondly from my time at Ursuline Academy. He was an enthusiastic and devoted family man who contributed his time and talent to many community events at Ursuline.

Posted by Mary Jo Keaney - Vero Beach, FL - acquaintance   May 12, 2018

Shocked and saddened to hear of Bill's passing. His team at IDC Financial Insights were fond of his wit, his story telling, his passion for his job, his faith and his kindness. He and his family will be in my prayers.

Posted by Marc DeCastro - Maynard, MA - Coworker   May 12, 2018

I am struggling to come to grips with the news of Bill's passing. He was a fantastic IDC analyst but more importantly, he was wonderful person and friend. I had the chance to travel in China with Bill recently he his humility, humor and good grace were a welcome addition to an otherwise grueling week of travel. Bill will be fondly remembered and missed dearly by all that knew him.

Posted by Matt Eastwood - Westborough, MA   May 12, 2018

Our deepest condolences

Posted by Teresa and Steve Durfee - Gillsville, GA   May 12, 2018

Shocked and very sad to hear of my dear friend Bill's passing. We met in Needham back in 1973 and became great friends, even though we lost touch for a while, he was always fondly remembered and often spoken of. So glad he was a part of my life.
I will miss you my friend. Love you always xx
My love and condolences to Margaret, Bill's daughters and his family.

Posted by Sharon Morgan - Cambridge, England   May 12, 2018

I knew Bill for over 20 years he was a wonderful and true friend. We were colleagues at Apple and then worked with him while he was an analyst at IDC. Bill was my comic relief recently when I was diagnosed with breast cancer - sending me silly uplifting texts. He had such a big heart and wonderful sense of humor. He talked often of how much he loved his daughters and how very proud he was of both of them. What they had accomplished in school and when they would call him for advice. They were his light and life. He was so excited about his new focus and role at IDC and proud of his accomplishments- he had found his niche. I will miss his smile and silly jokes. He was such a great special friend. I will never forget his big heart. Gone way too soon. Thoughts and prayers to his girls and entire family. Teri Green

Posted by Teri Green - Eagan, MN   May 11, 2018

I fondly remember what a great guy, Bill, was. He was our Apple rep for many years and was a fun and all around good person. My sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by Joann Xydias - Port St Lucie, FL - Acquaintance   May 11, 2018

I wanted to take a moment to send my condolences to the whole family. Bill was a colleague of mine, albeit only fairly recently, and I always him to be a smart, caring, funny, engaged human being. I am so sorry that you are all having to deal with this sudden loss. He was extremely well-loved as a colleague. Sending you all my deepest condolences.

Alison Brooks

Posted by alison brooks - Toronto - Coworker   May 11, 2018

I was stunned to hear of Bill's passing. He was dear work colleague who brought energy, wit, intellect and passion every day to the office. He also was always sharing stories about this family and he was so proud of his daughters. We knew how close he was to his siblings too. He will be missed every day.

Posted by Ruthbea Yesner - Brookline, MA - Coworker   May 11, 2018

I met Bill in the 90's. We were in a ski house together. We lost track of each other over the years and then we both ended up working at IDC! I loved his sense of humor. He was smart and clients appreciated his expertise. I am stunned and I will miss him as a friend and a respected colleague.

Posted by Cathy Leonard - Holliston, MA   May 11, 2018