William J. McCormick, Jr.
Jul 29th, 2020
Loving Husband, Father and Brother
William J. McCormick, Jr. 87 of South Dennis and Naples, FL passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday July 29, 2020.
He was the beloved husband of Marilyn A. (Stewart) McCormick. They recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary.
Born in Lowell, Bill was the son of the late William and Lillian (McCarty) McCormick. He was raised in Lowell and was a 1951 graduate of Keith Academy. He earned his BS in Business Administration from Merrimack College and also attained Master’s Degrees in Education and Business Administration from Salem State Teachers College and Suffolk University, respectively.
Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1957 with the rank of Private First Class.
In his younger years, Bill and his sisters enjoyed many happy summers playing and working at Hampton Beach where his parents owned and operated the Golden Rod Hotel. Hampton Beach was also where he met his wife, Marilyn. The couple settled in Lowell and started their family, moving to Chelmsford in 1968.
After a brief stint as an educator, Bill joined Raytheon Company where he spent 35 years working as a Contracts Manager in Andover and Bedford and later as a military defense consultant in Washington D.C.
In retirement Bill was an active member of the local chapter of the Lions Club International, an AmeriCorps volunteer, and served as a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program, among many other philanthropic and charitable endeavors and activities.
Always outgoing and social, Bill had an enormous and generous heart. He made an indelible impact on the many people whose lives he touched. With family and entertaining in mind, Bill took an active role in the design and expansion of his Cape Cod home which was always open to guests. He most enjoyed hosting annual Fourth of July and Labor Day parties for all his family and friends.
In addition to his dedication to family and volunteering, Bill had many interests. He enjoyed the beach, boating, construction and design. He loved spending time with his wife dancing, going to the beach, and traveling around Cape Cod, South Florida, and the world.
In addition to his beloved wife, Bill is survived by his four children, Melissa A. Simpson and her husband, William of Groton, W. John McCormick III and his wife, Paula (McManimon) of Westford, Robert S. McCormick and his wife, Barbara (Cerreta) of Amherst, NH, and Edward J. McCormick and his wife, Suzanne (Doyle) of Deep River, CT; two sisters, Nancy E. Brewer of South Dennis and Maureen A. Kandrick of Lowell; his brother-in-law R. Kendall Stewart and his wife, Dale (Reilly) of Reading; two nieces, Kathryn A. (Stewart) Hazel and her husband, Michael of Chelmsford and Emily F. Murray- Stewart of Medford; eight grandchildren, Brendan Simpson and his fiancé, Chloe Lewis, Nicholas Simpson, Dr. Robert McCormick and his fiancé, Emma Newby, Lauren, Tyler, Cooper and Cassidy McCormick and Victoria Gaudino; and many dear cousins, extended family, friends, and colleagues. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his nieces Heather J. (Stewart) Flynn and Lorraine (Stewart) Perry.
Funeral services will be private.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 9 Erie Dr., Suite 101, Natick, MA 01760 or to the South Dennis Congregational Church, 218 Main Street, South Dennis, MA 02660.