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“Marcia and family: Just received the news about Uncle Willy, as my children used to call Bill. It has been too long a time since we saw you last...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Eugene(Tut) Wheeler - Vero Beach, FL

“Marcia I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband.You are in my thought and prayers.All the best,Edie ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Edie Garrison - Needham, MA

“I was so sorry to learn of Bill's passing. My heart goes out to Marcia and daughters Pam and Suzanne. I have such good memories of our time together...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Anne Brownlow

“During my years at MAPI and later General Motors, it was my privilege to associate with Bill in "risk management" organizations. I viewed him a...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: R. Paul Maddock - South Jordan, UT

“Marcia....We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and the entire family. You have been so loyal. Our prayers are with you all. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Cheryl and Bernie Segaloff - MA

“I have very fond memories of working with Bill. It was thanks to him that I ended up at Gillette. I was active in the Mass Risk Management Society...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: edward underwood - naples, FL

“Bill, your sense of humor and timing were the best.my love and condolences go out to Marcia, Pam and Suzanne and all their families. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Michael O'Neil - Vero Beach, FL

“Thinking of you, Bob ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Robert P Eaton - Penbroke, NH


William L. Mather, age 83, died on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at home after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was born in Nantucket on May 6, 1933, the oldest of two boys. After attending Northfield Mount Hermon for high school he graduated from Bowdoin College in 1956. He later earned a master's degree in business from Babson College. He served his country in Korea as a medic and radio operator. Following a move to New York City Bill started what would be a lifetime career in the insurance industry. There he met the love of his life, Marcia Chambers. They were married in April,1962 and soon moved to Boston. Bill joined the Gillette Company as the head of their newly formed risk management department. His tenure with the company spanned 35 years, where he made lifelong friends and traveled the world.
As a member of the Risk Insurance Management Society, he served as president and was honored as Risk Manager of the Year, 1987. He was an active member of the community and served on the Needham Finance Committee. He was a member of the Needham Pool and Racquet Club, Retired Men's Club of Needham, and Needham Community Council.
As an avid sailor, a highlight for Bill was an annual sailing trip with friends where they toured Chesapeake Bay, the islands of Maine and Puget Sound.
Bill's family and friends will deeply miss his dry sense of humor, his exceptional kindness and his unique ability to perfectly capture the moment in only a few words.
He is survived by wife, Marcia and his two daughters Pamela Mather O'Neil of Darien, CT, her husband G. Michael O'Neil, their children Luke, Ryan and Morgan and Suzanne Mather Stanton, her husband Christopher Stanton and their children, Jack, Caroline and Lily of Reading, MA.
A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 1132 Highland Ave, Needham, on Saturday, January 14th at 11am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation michaeljfox.org , or to The Trustees of Reservations @ advancement@ttor.org