William J. Babineau

November 26, 2015

WILLIAM J. BABINEAU- of Woburn, Thursday, November 26th. Dear brother of Virginia M. Babineau of Woburn, Janet M. Allen and her husband Charles II of Shrewsbury, and Karen R. Chamberland and her husband David of Woburn. Cherished Uncle of Charles Allen III, Jeffrey Allen, Linda Allen, and Olivia Chamberland. Also Survived by many loving great nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, December 4th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Rd, Woburn at 10. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m.

OBITUARY:

William J. Babineau passed away at Mass General Hospital, Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th. The beloved son of the late William A. and Theresa M. (MacDonald) Babineau, was just fifty nine years of age.

Born in Everett, Bill was one of four children in the Babineau home.

They moved to Woburn and he was raised and educated in the Woburn Schools graduating from Woburn High School along with the Class of 1974.

As he was growing up, Bill became very active in the Boy Scouts of America and had received the highest and most distinguished award of “Eagle Scout” during his tenure with them. He was also the recipient of the Boy Scout Ad Altare Dei Award as he had taken the oath of a Boy Scout and did his best to serve God and Country.

Following high school Bill travelled to Fort Collins Colorado, where he persued his Bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University and studied Political Science. Bill remained in Colorado for several years after graduation, where he was involved in Siesmographic Research until he returned home.

Bill had developed a keen interest in not just government, but also history, particularly the history of Colonial America. As he was working as a law clerk for Kotin, Crabtree and Strong LLP, in Boston he made a decision to further his knowledge regarding Colonial America. So in typical Bill fashion he searched out the best place there was to do this and found that Harvard University had just what he was looking for. While working full time Bill began his classes, truly became an historian regarding this era and was a thesis away from his Masters Degree.

Bill journeyed throughout his lifetime focusing on what he was able to do for others. Bill was a man of insurmountable curiosity, tremendous faith and he had a wonderful love of family, which he shared amongst his parents, siblings nieces and nephews.

William was sadly predeceased by his parents, William and Theresa (MacDonald) Babineau.

He is lovingly survived by his sisters,Virginia M. Babineau of Woburn, Janet M. Allen and her husband Charles II of Shrewsbury, and Karen R. Chamberland and her husband David of Woburn, his nieces and nephew, Charles Allen III, Jeffrey Allen, Linda Allen, and Olivia Chamberland, as well as many loving great nieces and nephews.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, December 4th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Rd, Woburn at 10. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m.

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  1. To my good buddy Bill – a true friend and one helluva Rocky Mountain doodlebugger, a portable seismic crew “juggie” second to none. I can still picture you sitting on a saddle at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson after we had won 20 something games of pool (or so it seemed). Or you rolling a 90 pound cable around your neck on the side of a mountain at 8 or 9 thousand foot elevation. Funny to hear athletes complain about the thin air in the Mile High City. We volunteered for our share of “character building” cables for sure, in freezing and scorching temperatures. I still can’t believe your Saab was in the same place you left it in front of the old “Scenic Utah Motel”, five years later. Too many memories to remember or forget – you baking a cake for Lois on her 21st birthday along a trail in the White Mountains, the Acton excursion, trying to swim half way across NewFound Lake, Parker Mountain and the old Kiowa hut, Jambo 73, seismic strategy sessions at Thackerys, driving nonstop to Colorado and one heart stopping gully ride, the Stones concert in Boulder, skiing at Telluride during weather days, Butch Cassidy campground and Moms café, hiking the Poudre Canyon to Greyrock, Frisbee time in Fort Collins, the 3D (glasses) horror flick with just 3 people in the movie theater, my two car alarms waking up half the town of Jackson after the bars had closed, many hellacious helicopter rides and harrowing hammerheads, numerous intellectual conversations and political discussions, and much much more. Working in such remote places as the Paradox Valley, Slickrock, the Manti La Sals, Dry Creek Basin and endless terrain where few people, if any, have ever set foot. The immense, breath taking beauty of America, captured by a pair of eyes. We walked a lot of seismic miles together and stomped a jug or two along the way crisscrossing the Rocky Mountain overthrust belt, during the “golden” age. It’s a shame we lost touch over the last 25 years. REST IN PEACE my old friend.

  2. I am so very sorry for your loss. Bill and I worked together at KCS many years ago and although I hadn’t seen him in a long time, I have many fond memories of him. KCS is such a special place and we really were (and still are) like family. Bill was always so helpful to us in our work lives and so very thoughtful to us on a personal level. I remember he would always go out of his way to complete whatever mission we assigned to him and he would provide us with whatever we needed to make our lives easier. There are not many people who compare to the man he was. I hope you all have many happy memories give you some comfort at this difficult time. May he rest in peace.
    ~Michelle Barnes (aka “MB” to KCS family)

  3. I am so sorry to learn of Bill’s death. He has been much a part of our firm for so many years. we have missed him as he had become a real friend. He always retained a love of learning. I enjoyed discussing his latest courses and the papers he was writing. I learned many things from Bill, including courage.

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