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William M. Bagley, Jr.

Scan0013 (3)Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Celebration of Life Mass on Saturday, March 21st at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St. Visiting Hours are respectfully omitted & interment is private.

WILLIAM MORGAN BAGLEY, Jr. was born JANUARY 8, 1944, in Winthrop, Massachusetts, he grew up in East Boston and lived for nearly twenty years in London, Hong Kong and Dalian, China before recently settling in West Palm Beach, Florida.
William or “Bill”, as he was lovingly known, passed away suddenly and peacefully March 13, 2015 in West Palm Beach. He died surrounded by his family, he was 71 years old.

Bill was the son of the late Attorney William M. Bagley and the late Grace E. (Snow) Bagley of East Boston, MA. He and his wife Carol A. Vahey, originally from Chelsea, MA, shared 43 years together. Bill is also survived by his sister Dorothy R. Goodwin and her husband Robert H. of Melrose, MA, his brothers Robert H. Bagley of Winthrop, MA, Frederick D. Bagley and his wife Paula J. of Naples, FL, Thomas R. Bagley and his wife Mary J. of Delray Beach, FL. and his sister Patricia G. Granara and her husband Richard A. of Melrose, MA. Bill was uncle and granduncle to many nieces and nephews.

Bill was a Registered Pharmacist, graduating from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy following Boston College High School. He practiced pharmacy in drug stores in East Boston and Winthrop from the 1960s through the 1980s. He was active in state-wide politics including election to the Massachusetts Democratic Election Committee in Ward One, East Boston and he acted as campaign chairman of many successful election and re-election campaigns. After retiring from pharmacy he accepted the position of Chief of Staff for the head of State Administration in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. After retirement Billy joined his wife Carol in London where she worked for Fidelity Investments. From that point forward they lived abroad, travelling extensively throughout Europe and Asia.

Always sartorial and congenial Bill was legendary for his uncurbed enthusiasm, limitless generosity and good nature. He always had a smile and a good word for everyone. Bill’s passion for life was almost matched by his love of playing golf, but his greatest enjoyment was spending time with family and friends. Bill Bagley’s life inspired us all.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, Inc., P.O. Box 2000 Boys Ranch, FL 32064-9984.


Memorial Celebration of Life Mass

Saturday, March 21st at 11:00 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere


Will be private

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, Inc., P.O. Box 2000 Boys Ranch, FL 32064-9984.

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  1. Elena and Alex
    Dec 24 2021

    I just found out about Bill. It’s been already 6 years and I didn’t know. I am so sorry. Bill and Carol are the most kind people I have ever met. So many lovely memories are left to cherish. You will be in my heart forever.

  2. larry audet
    Dec 22 2020

    my best wishes to Bills family from the young guy who used to work at Kirby funeral hm and Bryon phamc with bill great guy and good friend to his brothers my prayewrs are with all of you God Bless Larry Audet

  3. bob cummings
    Jun 7 2016

    When he was in his 20’s he was the spitting image of Troy Donahue

  4. Jim and Brigitte Carangelo
    Mar 23 2015

    Dear Carol.
    We are so very sorry that Bill had to leave so early in life. His smiles and good heart will never be forgotten.
    Our thoughts are with you.

  5. Kathy Nocera
    Mar 20 2015

    Carol and your family, my deepest sympathy for the loss of your husband. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kathy

  6. Joe Forgione
    Mar 19 2015

    Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all.

  7. Joe and Jackie Bossi
    Mar 19 2015

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Billy. Always was a happy-go- lucky guy. He will be sadly missed by all. We remember the days back with Frank Ciampa, Frank Bellotti, and Rep. Gus Serra. Those were the good old fun days. Also Billy was the most happy pharmacist I have ever known. He was GREAT to all. Our deepest sympathy.
    Joe and Jackie Bossi,
    Rest in piece Billy you left us a lot of great memories

  8. Bucky and Diane Donohue
    Mar 19 2015

    Carol and Family,
    We are so very sorry for the loss of Bill. May all the wonderful memory’s help to sustain you through this most difficult time. Bill was loved by all that knew him. He will be missed. In our prayers.
    Bucky & Diane

  9. Joanne Pomodoro
    Mar 19 2015

    I send my prayers and support to all the Bagley family, friends and people whose lives have been blessed by having Billy in it. My neighbors for all of our childhood, we were all better for growing up together. The hardest part is saying goodbye to a special man like Billy. Bless you all and I’ll keep you in my prayers, my thoughts and my heart.

  10. Buddy & Joan Iannaco
    Mar 18 2015

    Very sad news. May he rest in peace.

  11. John Boyan
    Mar 18 2015

    You were a Warm, Kind, and Generous man Bill Bagley, and I will never forget your kindness, and assistance to my Sister, and so many others like her. You truly made East Boston Better.

  12. Marilyn Golisano & family
    Mar 18 2015

    Dear Carol and the Bagley Family, my deepest sympathy of the passing of a great man who lit up any room he entered. I was so lucky and priveleged of working with him at the State House in Rep Gus Serra’s office. We had many of good times and Carol I am so lucky that you let me into your life. I will truly miss him and will carry him in my heart, prayers. Love Marilyn

  13. Buddy & Joan Iannaco
    Mar 18 2015

    What very sad news. May he rest in peace.

  14. Alan & Marilyn ginesky
    Mar 17 2015

    Truly!! one of the good guys. Will be missed by all.

  15. Patty Neff
    Mar 17 2015

    Carol I am so sorry for your loss. Sending my love to you and the family. bill was such a joy to be around

  16. Joan Gaff and Patricia Neff
    Mar 17 2015

    Oh how Bill will be missed by all who every met him. Shall recall all the wonderful times we had at family functions in the early years..I shall lift my Vodka Gimlet at my St. Patrick dinner today to Bill. (He introduced my to that wonderful drink many years ago at Mt. Washington Hotel). Take care Carol. Love Joan and Patti.

  17. Ricky Martino
    Mar 17 2015

    To Carol and the entire Bagley Family. I wish to extend my Condolences to all of you. Billy was a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Billy may the Angels lead you into Paradise and take you to the Holy City.

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