WILLIAM J. MAHER- of Woburn, June 24, 88yrs old. Beloved husband of Frances T. (Canny) Maher. Loving father of Denise M. Johnson of Haverhill, Robert W. Maher his wife Susan of Londonderry, NH, Theresa F. Denn her husband the late George of Haverhill, Elizabeth A. Denn of Dracut, Kathleen M. McNamara her husband Thomas of Londonderry, NH., Michael J. Maher his wife Kim of Newton, NH., Daniel P. Maher his wife Tammy of Londonderry,NH. Devoted brother of Lawrence P. Maher his late wife Dorothy of Peabody, Gerald Maher his wife Judy of Haverhill, Margaret Deering her late husband J. Arthur of Andover, Patricia Sabbey her husband Norman of Boston and the late Robert Maher. Special Grampa of 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, also survived by many nieces and nephews . A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, June 29th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 28th from 3-7 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn
William J. Bill Maher passed away Friday morning, June 24th in Burlington. Together with his beloved wife, Frances T. (Canny) Maher, they were three weeks shy of celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.
Born in Winchester, he was the son of the late Patrick and Margaret (McCall) Maher.
Bill grew up in Somerville and graduated from St. Clement High School in Medford. He furthered his education at the American Television Institute in Chicago and other technical schools in Boston where he studied electrical engineering. He served in the U. S. Navy as a pharmacists assistant during WWII.
Bill loved to dance and met the love of his life, Fran, at a dance at the Lithuanian Club in Cambridge. He impressed Fran by knowing how to dance the Polka without her having to teach him. They continued to dance throughout their lives together, moving ever so gracefully over any dance floor they touched. They married in 1956, initially living in Medford and then moving to Woburn in 1962 where they raised their family of seven children.
Family was the center of Bills active life. He worked as an electronics technician for most of his professional life while holding many volunteer positions throughout his life. He loved boating and taught seamanship and boating skills through the United States Power Squadron. He was an avid photographer who captured thousands of memories on slide film which he would then show by projector and screen to family and friends gathered around in the living room to relive the wonderful experiences.
As his children grew, he grew with them, expanding his love of learning and thirst for community involvement. He was a Sunday school teacher and Usher for many years at St. Barbaras Church. He helped found Boy Scout Troop 500 here also with Bob Lilly and Fred Carly who became his best friends. Together they guided and mentored hundreds of boys through all levels of scouting, including the Order of the Arrow, even after their own sons were grown and out of scouting. Bill earned the Silver Beaver Award, a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. In addition to scouting, Bill was a member of the Woburn Conservation Commission and WREN (Woburn Residents Environmental Network). He was also a longtime member of the YMCA and excellent swimmer all of his life. Whether camping with the scouts or his family, cleaning up the Aberjona River or Horn Pond, planting trees, overseeing a community garden, traveling, or taking a walk, Bill inspired many through his love of nature, the environment and his community. He was a quiet man who led a truly exemplary life. He will be missed by all who had the opportunity to be a part of his remarkable life.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bills memory can be made to the VNA of Middlesex-East, 607 North Avenue, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.