William J. McBirney
William J. McBirney died suddenly at his home in Ft. Myers, FL on his 81st birthday on October 26.
Bill was born in Boston in 1939 to the late William T. and Ruth P. McBirney. He leaves two children, a daughter, Lisa McBirney (James Aucoin) and a son, William C. McBirney and five grandchildren. He was the oldest of five siblings and leaves his sister Judith Condon (John) of Hanover, MA; brother John (Mary Ellen Olson) of Hull, MA; sister Ellen McNeice (Francis) of Falmouth, MA; and was predeceased by his sister Ruth Crow (John) of Lawrence, MA. He was “Uncle Bill” to many nieces and nephews.
He graduated from Archbishop Williams where he was an allstar hockey goalie and attended Boston University on a hockey scholarship. He rose through the ranks and became Executive Vice President of Paine Furniture Company and was highly sought throughout the U.S. furniture industry for his knowledge and advice. Later in life, he developed a popular breakfast restaurant in E. Bridgewater, MA. Twenty years ago, he escaped the New England winter doldrums and deported to the sun and warmth of Ft. Myers.
Bill was a strong supporter of veterans and first responders and had many friends at the local VFW in Ft. Myers. He was an avid collector of fire equipment and was a fire historian. He was quiet and introspective and open and gregarious. He had wit and humor and tried to lend a helping hand.
Those who wish to donate in his memory, should do so to a local charity especially those helping veterans and first responders.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.