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William C. “Bill” Leyden

Family & friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Friday, July 22nd at 11:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Bill_Marathon_1987Beach St. & Winthrop Ave.) Revere for William C. “Bill” Leyden who died on Monday July 18th at the Sawtelle Family Hospice house in Reading, following a long hard fought illness, at 54 years.


Bill was born & raised in Revere and attended Revere Public Schools. He was a graduate of Revere High School Class of 1980. Immediately after graduating Bill began working in the “Printing Industry”. He was employed with the Daniels Printing Co. & Unigraphics, where he worked for many years before changing career paths, joining the Laborers Union Local #22, where he had worked for 9 years. Once again Bill changed career paths and began working in Revere Public Schools as a custodian, until he was forced to stop, due to his declining health. Bill was a very humble and quiet man, very often seen in his earlier days running throughout the City of Revere and beyond, as he was training for the Boston Marathon. Bill Ran in 4 Boston Marathons, his best time was an extraordinary 2hrs. 53min., he also Ran a Cape Cod Marathon as well. Bill was also a Student of Photography & Film, an interest that gave him and his family great joy. Bill created family films for all of his family members making each one extra special with his keen sense of detail. But above all, people who knew Bill, knew that he was a “History Buff’, he loved all facets of history but his passion was “The Kennedys”.  Anything you wanted to know about The Kennedy’s, Bill would be able to give you facts, dates, theory’s etc. Bill leaves behind a family who loved and cared about him unconditionally and was devoted to him until he closed his eyes.


He is the devoted son of Marilyn B. “Marney” (Clarke) Leyden of Revere & the late Frederick V. Leyden. Loving brother of Mary Ellen Dakin & her husband Ret. Revere Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul S. Dakin of Revere, Peter C. Leyden & his wife Holly of Wakefield, Nancy M. Porter of Revere, Robert M. Leyden & his wife Rhonda of Plymouth and the late, Joan E. Reardon & her former husband Attorney Stephen F. Reardon of Revere & the late John M. “Jack” Leyden. Cherished uncle of Jennifer L. Leyden of Wakefield, Michael P. Dakin of San Francisco, CA, Dr. Christina M. Porter & her husband Andrew Turchon of Salem, Brian T. Dakin & his wife Amber of Revere, Jacqueline L. Leyden of Wakefield, Thomas Leyden & his wife Summer of Weymouth, Maura Cugini & her husband Paul of Belmont, Beth M. Dakin & her husband Geoffrey Garen of San Jose, CA, Daniel Leyden of Sacremento, CA, Lauren Porter of Revere, Peter Leyden of Plymouth & Ellen Reardon & her companion Nick Botto of Everett. Adored grand uncle of Olivia, Norah, Evelyn, Melody & Lily. Also lovingly survived by many cousins.


Funeral Mass

Friday, July 22nd at 11:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Revere


Interment will be Private

In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to VNA of Middlesex East, 607 North Ave. Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880

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  1. LUcy giorgio-Pirkey
    Jul 20 2016

    Maryellen and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Lucy Pirkey

  2. Keith Dakin
    Jul 19 2016

    Aunt Mary Ellen and family,

    So sorry to hear about your loss, my thoughts are with you. Hopefully being with each other will help bring comfort through this terribly hard time.

    My condolences,

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