William J. Zusin Jr. of Westford, MA

1939 - 2023

US Veteran U.S. Army


February 17, 2023
5-8 P.M.
Dolan Funeral Home, 106 Middlesex St., N. Chelmsford


February 18, 2023
11 A.M.
St. John the Evangelist Church, 115 Middlesex Street, N. Chelmsford

William J. “Pudge” Zusin Jr., 83, of Westford, MA, formerly of Lowell, died February 13, 2023, after a period of declining health. He was the beloved husband of Carol (DiPalma) Zusin, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage.

Born in Lowell, MA, he was the son of the late William J. Sr. and Josephine (Olejarz) Zusin.

He graduated from Lowell High School, with the class of 1956. Mr. Zusin enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1962, received the Good Conduct Medal, and was honorably discharged in 1964.

He was employed by Americraft Carton of Lowell, where he worked as a lithographer before retiring after 50 years of dedicated service.

William was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church, in North Chelmsford. He was a member of the American Legion Post 313 in N. Chelmsford, and a former member of the Stony Brook Sportsman Club, and the H.E. Fletcher Club, both of Westford.

Pudge was an avid car enthusiast, who enjoyed participating in car shows throughout the area, and won numerous trophies over the years. He especially enjoyed driving Tweety Bird, his 1977 yellow Corvette. He was also a member of the Road Runner’s Car Club of Dracut.

He cherished his family and loved spending time with them above all, especially his grandchildren, and always made time to help others. He was best known for his quick-witted humor and positive personality.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Donna M. Bieren of Gardner, and Carolyn Pellum and her husband John of Nashua, NH; five grandchildren, Nicole M. Bieren, Johnny A. Bieren, Jarret D. Bieren, Caitlin A. McAvoy and her husband Derek, and Scotty W. Russell; a sister, Joyce M. Kane of Dracut, and his beloved extended family. He was the brother of the late Joseph W. Zusin.


Visiting hours will be held on Friday, February 17, 2023, from 5 to 8 PM, at DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX STREET, N. CHELMSFORD. His Funeral service to be held on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 11:00 AM, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 115 Middlesex St., N. Chelmsford. Burial is private. Those who wish may make donations in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com.

5 Condolences for William J. Zusin Jr. of Westford, MA

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    Miguel Cuesta


    Sorry to read about Pudge’s passing. Worked with him for over 40 years, at Prince Packaging and then, Americraft Carton.
    My deepest sympathies to Carol and his daughters. He was a good friend and will be missed.
    My prayers with all of you.

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    jim raras


    Carol and family,
    Our Deepest condolences on Pudge’s passing. Many memories of the Wamesit days.
    May his memory be eternal

    Jim & Carol Raras

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    Robert Laferriere


    R.I.P. Pudge, I am so sorry to have learned of his passing. He was a great man to work with. He had taught me alot about plate making. He was always a pleasure to be around. To his family, Please accept my condolences at this difficult time.

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    Mike Cannata


    Carol and family, We are sorry to your loss.
    We could always tell when Bill was leaving in his Corvette, (Tweety Bird) as he drove past our house by the rumble it made. Most of all I, will miss all the times we stopped and talked to each other discussing all different topics.
    RIP Bill, It was an honor to have you as both a friend and neighbor.
    Mike and Debbie Cannata

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    Ellen Andre


    Dear Carol and family…worked with Pudge at Americraft. He was always the kindest person. Always in a good mood, treated others well and focused on doing a great job. Of course his greatest joy was his yellow vette and we loved seeing him buzz around in it. So sorry to read about his passing.

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