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William Greilich Jr. passed away January 24 at the Kaplan Hospice House in Danvers after a long illness.
Bill was born in Pittsfield, MA to William Greilich Sr. and Barbara Gagne Greilich on August 8,1953. He grew up in Adams, MA where he experienced an idyllic boyhood and worked from an early age alongside his father and grandfather Fritz, in Greilich's Market, a specialty meat market. His father was a fifth generation butcher whose business originated in Germany.The business continued in the United States when Fritz, the fourth generation, immigrated to Adams in 1926. Bill was extremely proud of his German heritage.
Bill graduated from Hoosac Valley High School in 1971 where he was elected " Best Dressed " largely due to his mother because he was color blind and he enthusiastically chaired the fiftieth class reunion. He played varsity football, ran track and had a lifelong obsession with sports. He was a devoted Patriots fan and a member of the Red Sox Nation. He loved hiking Mount Greylock in Adams with his sons and long time friends. Traveling was a favorite pastime. He visited six continents and particularly enjoyed a safari in Tanzania.
Bill earned his BA degree from Ithaca College in 1975 and his MS degree in 1977 from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He had a forty year career in the financial services industry and retired as a Senior Relationship Executive with the Bank of New York- Mellon in 2018. His colleagues describe him as very well respected due to his tenacity, fairness, and affable manner. In 2007, Bill was named " Man of the Year" by the National Investment Company Service Association. His bragging rights lasted for over a decade. He was affectionately known as BBT MOY - Billy Big Time Man of the Year.
After living in Wenham for thirty years, Bill and his wife Monique moved to Salisbury where they had a summer home. While raising their three children, Bill was very active in youth sports and coached baseball, soccer, and basketball. For many years, he was the president of the Hamilton Wenham Youth Football League and a Cub Master where he was widely admired by eight year olds because of his elephant jokes.
While in Salisbury, Bill became involved in many community affairs. He was President of the Salisbury Beach Betterment Association and was Chairman of the Board of Atlantic Breeze ll, his condominium community for nine years. He also was on the board of the Salisbury Beach Partnership Board of Directors and chaired the Committee on Grants and Charitable Appropriations. One of Bill’s most passionate pursuits over the past few years was establishing the Salisbury Beach Resiliency Task Force which is now known as the Merrimack River Beach Alliance Salisbury Beach Subcommittee.
Bill will be best remembered as a consummate family man and a loving grandfather who never missed an opportunity to play, wrestle, and read books with children. His sense of humor and antics have become legendary among his many friends. He has been described as a " sheep dog" because of the variety of ways he herded people together. His storytelling was widely known to be filled with embellishments, nonsense and irrelevant facts. And everyone loved him for it.
Bill is survived by his wife of forty- five years, Monique (Bachand) of Salisbury, his daughter Danielle ( Jay Vyas) of Mountain View,California, son Nicholas (Linette Letendre) of Essex Junction, Vermont, and son Paul (Erika Constantine) of Jupiter, Florida. He is also survived by his father William Greilich Sr., his sister Jan Goolbis, and one of his closet friends Rob Goolbis, all of New Hampshire. He will be sorely missed by his grandchildren Santi Blas-Vyas, Jay Jay Vyas, Donovan Greilich and Lucia Greilich. Bill also leaves much loved nieces, nephews and cousins. Bill was predeceased by his mother Barbara in 2019 as well as his grandparents, Fritz and Elizabeth Thoris Greilich and Clement and Lillian (Depelteau) Gagne, all of Adams.
Calling hours will be held Friday February 2, 2024 at the Twomey, LeBlanc and Conte Funeral Home 193 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950 from 4-8 PM. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb 3, 2024 at 11AM at the First Religious Society Unitarian , 26 Pleasant Street, Newburyport. Burial will be private at St.Cecilia's Cemetery in Leominster.
Friends and family who wish to make a memorial donation may send contributions to St. Luke Foundation of Haiti, 8980 SW 56th Street, Miami, Florida 33165, or online at www.stlukehaiti.org
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