OBITUARY: William “Bill” Starratt, 74

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — William C. Starratt, ”Bill”, age 74, of Lowell, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, Winthrop, and South Boston, passed away unexpectedly on February 16, 2022, at the Mass. General Hospital in Boston.

Bill was born on May 6, 1947, in Boston, MA; he was the cherished only son to the late William C. and Barbara (Grimes) Starratt. Bill started his life in the West End of Boston before his family relocated to South Boston where he was raised and educated. Bill graduated from Cathedral High School in Boston with the Class of 1965. Bill and his family then moved to Winthrop, where he quickly became active in the Winthrop Lodge of Elks; Bill earned his status as a Life-time member of more than 50 years and he made many life-long friends.

Bill married his wife, Christine (Siragusa) Starratt in 1984; the couple moved to Wilmington where they resided for many years and where they raised their son, Will. Bill was very devoted to his family, extended family and friends; he looked forward to all of the wonderful times they had together through the years, he loved them unconditionally and would do anything to help them. Bill again became very active in the community; he coached basketball for the Wilmington Rec. Department, baseball for Wilmington Little League, and was very active in the Wilmington Boy Scouts. Bill was a member of the Wilmington Knights of Columbus, Fr. Croke Council for many years; he volunteered his time and talents with their many fundraisers, he was always helping out at the club and thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with other members and friends throughout the years.

Bill worked hard throughout his life; he started out as a bartender at Brandy Pete’s in the Financial District, Penn’s Pub on Bromfield Street in Boston, and finally the 99 Restaurant in Chestnut Hill. In 1983, Bill changed careers and went to work as a courier at Federal Express in Wilmington. Bill also was a manager at their Framingham location for a few years before returning to the Wilmington to work with “his buddies”. Bill had a great work ethic and an endearing personality; this made him very popular with his co-workers as well as his customers. Bill was included in and saw so many changes in the shipping industry throughout the years and finally retired after twenty-five years of faithful service to Fed Ex.

Bill enjoyed playing cards with family and friends; he was a “master” at cribbage. He also loved puzzles, crossword puzzles and reading his daily newspapers. Bill had such a large personality, he was a great conversationalist who could talk about any subject and he really loved talking to people. Bill never met a “stranger” and he could work a room like no one else; Bill was a the “life” of every party he attended for many, many years until his illness quieted him down a short time ago.

Bill will be fondly remembered for his “upbeat” attitude, great personality and warm smile; he fought with everything he had for more time with family and friends. Bill was involved with the Lung Cancer support group and the Patient Mentoring Program through Mass General Hospital. Bill took great pride in his ability to help patients with new diagnosis’s to answer their questions and offer guidance. Bill made a big impression on everyone he met and he will be forever in the hearts of those he touched.

Bill was the beloved husband of Christine A. (Siragusa) Starratt, devoted father of William C. “Will” Starratt of Boston and Stephanie Starratt Bonaccorso of Jacksonville, FL, grandfather of Tayler, Samuel and great-granddaughter Alylah. Dear son of the late William and Barbara (Grimes) Starratt, loving brother of Jane Newton & her husband James of Sudbury. Brother-in-law of Karen & John Crupi of Andover and Gerard & Elizabeth Siragusa of Derry, NH. Uncle of Matthew, Jeffrey & wife Shea, John, Elena, the late Anthony, Christina & husband Eric, Diana & husband Matt, Anthony, Michael, Marc and Peter. Bill is further survived by many friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Tuesday, February 22nd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial for Bill will take place in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, on Wednesday, February 23rd at 11:00 a.m. followed by his interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

We wish to acknowledge the wonderful Thoracic Oncology team at Mass General Hospital led by Dr. Alice Shaw. Dr. Shaw’s team was very special to Bill and we really appreciate their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Bill may be made in support of the MGH Thoracic Oncology group at Mass General Hospital Cancer Center. Checks may be made out to Massachusetts General Hospital c/o Development Office, Attn: Keith Erickson, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. Please note “in memory of William Starratt” in the memo line or in an accompanying note. Gifts may also be made online at https://giving.massgeneral.org/donate/.

Please visit our website at www.nicholsfuneralhome.com to leave a message of condolence for the family.

Bill Starratt

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