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Spillane, William E.

William Edward Spillane, a longtime resident of Dedham, died Monday, July 27, 2020 at the Newbridge on the Charles Rehabilitation Center in Dedham.  He was 88.  Bill was born December 20, 1931 in Taunton, Massachusetts a son of John Thomas and Ella May (Flannery) Spillane.  He graduated from Brookline High School and served his country from 1951 to 1954 as a sergeant in the Marine Corps during the Korean War.  Bill worked as a firefighter for the Brookline Fire Department for 33 years until his retirement as a Lieutenant in 1988.  He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion in Dedham, and a former member of the Bay State Auto Club.  Bill is survived by his wife, Loretta Ann (Leone); his five sons, Chief William F. Spillane, Dedham Fire Dept, and his wife Marie, of Franklin, David A. Spillane, and his wife Susan, of Plymouth, Richard E. Spillane of Connecticut, Robert S. Spillane of Dedham, and Paul M. Spillane, and his wife Karen, of East Bridgewater; his ten grandchildren, Katelyn, Kelly, Deborah, Billy, Melissa, Emily, Daniel, Sarah, Brendan, and Patrick; and his three great grandchildren, Ella May, Billy, and Tommy.  He was the brother of the late Thomas Spillane and the late John Spillane.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral mass Friday, July 31, 2020 at St Denis Church, 157 Washington Street (Rt 1A) Islington, at 10 am.  Attendees will have their temperatures taken, masks will be required, and there is a limit on the number of people allowed into the Church.  Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury.  In lieu of flowers donations to the Pan Mass Challenge, 77 4th Ave, Needham, MA 02494 (or online at would be appreciated.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Dana Potter
    July 29th, 2020 | 9:06 am

    Ann and I send our thoughts and prayers to you, Karen and the family. We are saddened by the news of your father’s passing.
    May he Rest In Peace and May you all eventually find comfort in the memories.

  2. Stan and Cheryl Carter
    July 29th, 2020 | 9:14 am

    Our sympathies to all the family at this time.
    We have many many great memories at Canning Terrace, Dennisport with nights of catching fireflies and wiffle ball on the sandy street. Bill was part of the “building committee” for Ken’s shed out back and the can of Guinness still hangs inside as a reminder of the friendships built along with the shed.
    He was a great dependable firefighter and Stan will always remember their time on the Brookline Fire Dept. together.
    We know you must all have your own memories instilled in your hearts and we pray this will easy the pain of your loss. Blessing to you all.
    Stan and Cheryl Carter

  3. David Belanger
    July 29th, 2020 | 9:39 am

    Dear Spillane Family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. This news has left a giant hole in my heart. He was a great man.
    David & Sarah Belanger

  4. Beth Dorrian
    July 29th, 2020 | 12:49 pm

    Sending Heartfelt Condolences to the Spillane Family who welcomed me into their home and lives as a teenager. May God’s peace console you as you grieve the loss of your loved one.
    Beth (Carpenter) Dorrian

  5. Teri and Mike
    July 29th, 2020 | 1:57 pm

    To the Spillane Family, Our heart felt condolences on your loss of your father/husband/grandfather. Bill was a great man. He will be missed. we will pray for God’s peace and love during this trying time.

    Teri MacDonald and Mike Brien

  6. Elaine Rosselle
    July 29th, 2020 | 5:29 pm

    Dear Loretta & Family,

    I am so saddened by Bill’s passing. The neighborhood will not be the same without him. He was so kind to drive me to the bus stop as I headed out to work each day. Our early morning chats were a nice start to the day, and thanks to him I always made it to the office on time.

    May he rest peacefully.

    Mike and I are here for you.

    Elaine Rosselle

  7. David Westcott (United Autp parts)
    July 29th, 2020 | 6:58 pm

    So sorry for your loss. A truer gentleman I was lucky to meet.

  8. Bob, Gladys and Eric Schram
    July 30th, 2020 | 9:38 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God comfort you during this time of sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Bob, Gladys and Eric Schram

  9. gus&marie David
    July 31st, 2020 | 12:02 pm

    Dear Spillane Family,
    We were very saddened to hear of your loss. Bill was a good man.As
    I look back at the visits to garage,cape they were very important
    to us, enjoyed and will be missed greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Gus and Marie David

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