William P. “B” Kee

May 7, 2007

William P. “B” Kee
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

WILLIAM “B” KEE of Woburn – unexpectedly, May 7th. Beloved son of the late John R. and Margaret(Comer) Kee. Devoted brother of David E. Kee and his wife Phyllis E. of FL and the late Ann Lombardi, Robert, John, and Thomas Kee. Cherished uncle of Carol A. Kee of Wayland, Janet Coonfield of NY, Rita Davenport of OK, Debra Winn of FL, Robert Kee of Woburn, Linda Lombardi of Lexington, Lorraine Lombardi of NJ, and Stephen Lombardi of Wellesley. Also survived by twelve loving grandnieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday May 12th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hour on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mr. Kee’s memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02445. 101st Airborne, Battle of the Bulge, Bronze Star and Purple Heart Recipient.

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OBITUARY:

William Parker Kee, a lifelong resident of Woburn and decorated veteran of World War II, passed away suddenly at his home on Monday, May 7, 2007. The cherished son of the late John R. and Margaret (Comer) Kee, he was eighty-two years of age.

Bill was raised and educated in Woburn and was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1943. After graduation, he joined the Army, assigned to the 101st Airborne Division in the midst of World War II. As a paratrooper Bill participated in the “Battle of the Bulge” campaign where he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He also saw action in the Rhineland, the Ardennes and central Europe. He had remained a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars since his discharge in 1945.

Upon returning from the war, Bill received his undergraduate degree and law degree from Suffolk University. He was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, a Notary Public and an Insurance Broker. He had a distinguished career in the insurance industry where he utilized his legal skills for ten years with Maryland Casualty, and twenty-six years with One Beacon Insurance (formerly Employers Liability Insurance and Commercial Union) before retiring in 1989.

Bill relished a great cigar and the races at Saratoga Springs. He was an impressive card player and delighted in long days at the beach in the sun. Most of all, Bill will be remembered for dedicating his life to helping numerous people survive personal tragedy. He was a charitable and loyal friend who was devoted to his Catholic faith.

Bill was predeceased by his parents, John R. and Margaret (Comer) Kee and his siblings, Robert, Thomas and John Kee and Anna Lombardi.

Bill is survived by his beloved brother and sister-in-law, David and Phyllis Kee, of Longboat Key, Florida, and will be affectionately remembered by his nieces and nephews, Carol Kee of Wayland, Janet Coonfield of Oneonta, NY, Rita Davenport of Tulsa, OK, Debra Winn of Lake Worth, FL, Robert Kee of Woburn, Linda Lombardi of Lexington, Lorraine Lombardi of Bloomfield, NJ and Stephen Lombardi of Wellesley. He is also recalled fondly by his twelve grandnephews and nieces.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, May 12th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Mr. Kee’s memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02445.

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  1. Our sincere condolences to “B” Kee’s Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mr Kee was a wonderful person and will be truly missed.

    We always enjoyed our casual conversations from time to time with him. He talked about his walks around town and his times at the beach. Oh, how he loved his cigars.

    Again,our deepest sympathy.

    The Jones Family

  2. I always admired “B” for his quick wit, saying exactly what he thought, and that great laugh. A wonderful man.

    Marylou Gill Fierro

  3. My condolences to the family,

    from:
    Mildred McLalan Kee (widow of John Kee).
    Palm Manor Nursing Home
    Chelmsford, MA

  4. DAVE,PHYLLIS AND FAMILY
    MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS TIME OF SORROW.UNCLE “B” WAS A GREAT MAN. GOD BLESS.
    TRICIA (CALLAHAN)MACLACHLAN

  5. My name is Ellie DiFronzo. I worked with Bill for many years at OneBeacon Insurance.

    I will miss Bill and his cigars.

    My prayers are with you and the rest of the family.

    Warmest Regards,
    Ellie DiFronzo

  6. I was very fortunate to have worked with Bill for many years at Commercial Union as his secretary and helper in the New England Bond Department.

    I am going to miss him very much. I always looked forward to seeing him at the Quarter Century Club dinners.

    Carol Brown

  7. I met Bill around the time I was 25 yrs old and he was 50. He was a loyal customer of ours at a gas station where I worked. A quiet, unassuming man, always smiling, always had something nice to say. He always walked with a limp so I asked someone one day what happened. They said he was wounded in Hell .. “The Battle of the Bulge”. Yes, we’ve lost another true “American War Hero”. There are too few of them left. We have our freedom today because of the sacrifices that were made by men like Bill. I thank you for that and will always remember you. Rest in Peace.

  8. I have such fond memories of “B” and can still hear his wonderful laugh and smell his cigar. I know he will be missed by all of you, he was a lucky man to have such a wonderful family. My thoughts are with you.
    Love,
    Joanne Owen(Sullivan)

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