William J. Clancy died peacefully on June 22, 2016 surrounded by his family at Cornerstone at Canton, an Alzheimer’s center located in Canton, MA. Bill would have celebrated his 94th birthday next month.
Born in Lowell, MA on July 21, 1922, Bill was the only son of Francis C. Clancy and Elizabeth (Soroghan) Clancy. He was a 1940 graduate of Keith Academy in Lowell.
Bill served in the military for several years shortly after WW II. He was a Staff Sargent and earned ribbons and medals for his role in the Army, most of which was spent in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre in Korea.
Shortly after returning home from military service, in 1950, Bill married Grace Harriet (Driscoll) Clancy, who predeceased him in 2011. Bill and Grace made their home in North Chelmsford, MA for nearly all of their 62-year marriage. His career was largely spent working in a variety of posts at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA. He retired from MIT in 1984 after a quarter century of service.
Bill is survived by his daughter Ellen Clancy and son-in-law Peter Doyle of Sherborn, MA, and his son William J. Clancy and daughter-in-law Bonnie Clancy, as well as four grandchildren, Lily, Henry, Hampton, and Owen Clancy, all of Walla Walla, Washington. Bill also leaves many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Wake Tues. 10 to 11 AM followed by a Funeral Service at 11AM at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, MA. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, N. Chelmsford. Memorials may be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.