EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 10, 2013

William R. Desmond


Groveland — William R. Desmond, 83, formerly of Plum Island, recently of Groveland, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at the Lahey Medical Center in Burlington, on Monday evening, July 8, 2013.

Mr. Desmond was born on August 11, 1929, in Greenwich, Conn. He was the son of the late William V. and Jessie Mae (Talbot) Desmond. He was raised in Greenwich and attended Greenwich schools. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during the Korean War as a radar man on the USS Chukawan. While in the service, he married the love of his life, his wife, Maureen A. (Reynolds) Desmond, on October 1, 1950. They enjoyed almost 63 years of marriage.

After being honorably discharged, they began to raise their family in Byram, Conn., where he worked as an electrician for RB&W in Port Chester, N.Y. They moved to Massachusetts in 1968, living in Methuen for period of time before moving to Plum Island, Newburyport, for 27 years, where Bill’s heart always remained. They recently resided in Groveland for several years. Mr. Desmond was a career-long Union Electrician for the IBEW Local 103 of Boston until his retirement in 1995.

His activities included being with family, and being a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. He adored his nieces and nephews. An avid reader, he always enjoyed the peace and quiet of reading at his home on Plum Island overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. He was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church, Haverhill.

His surviving family members include his wife, Maureen A. (Reynolds) Desmond of Groveland; cherished sons, Dennis Desmond Sr. of Groveland, and Kevin Desmond and his wife, Rosemary, of Groveland; grandchildren, Dennis Desmond Jr., Ryan Desmond and Sean Desmond; sister, Jean B. Desmond of Greenwich, Conn.; and many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held on Friday morning, July 12, beginning in the Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 So. Main St., Bradford, at 9 a.m. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. John the Baptist Church, 110 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill, at 10 a.m. Interment with Navy Honors will follow in St. James Cemetery, Haverhill. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday in the funeral home from 3 to 7 p.m. Courtesy local transportation to the visitation will be provided on request, by calling Patrick Driscoll at 978-374-0000. For directions and online guest book, please visit www.driscollcares.com.