THOMSON, William Paul of Pompano Beach Florida and formerly of Reading died on July 31, 2019. Better known as Billy Thomson he leaves behind his bride - the love of his life – of 56 years Joyce Thomson. Bill also leaves behind his four sons and their wives William and Laura of California, Jeff and Jennifer of North Andover, Brian and Stacey of Reading, and Kevin and Patricia of Reading along with almost a full hockey team of grandchildren, Richard, Ryan, Michael, Rachel, Abigail, Shawn, Matthew, Lisa, Leah, Kevin, Colin, and Lily. Bill and Joyce also leave behind the memory of their daughter, Lisa, who surely was waiting with open arms for her father to arrive. Bill was born to the late William and Gertrude Thomson and raised in Medford along with his late sisters and their husbands Marie and James Feeley and Carol and Walter Grabowski. There are numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, that will all miss his stories and tales but especially his wisdom: three ways to look at any problem: the right way – the wrong way – and the Medford way. Bill was a founding member of the Friends of Reading Hockey as well as a longtime supporter and sponsor of many decades of his boys and grandchildren’s hockey teams. A local businessman in the solid waste and recycling industry or as he would say “a trashman” Bill after many years was able to strip away the obstacles and build one of only a handful of Construction and Demolition Recycling Facilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. If as the saying goes “If you love what you are doing, you will be successful” then Bill was truly a success because he loved to go to the office no matter the weather, no matter how he was feeling, no matter what day of the week it was, or no matter if he had a single meeting that day, he enjoyed work and being with his sons and grandsons. Bill as a Husband, as a Dad, as a Grampy, as a Boss, and as a loyal friend to so many will be missed by all who knew him. With Bill’s gift of the Irish it may be hard to believe that there may remain some truly unfortunate people that may have never gotten the chance to strike up a conversation with Bill, a man with such a warm nature, such a positive attitude, such a kind and giving heart, and in possession of lifetime of truly funny stories that he could tell like few others could. Relatives and friends are most respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Mass at St. Athanasius Church, 300 Haverhill St., Reading on Saturday, Aug 10th at 10:30am. Visiting hours at the Cota Funeral Home, 335 Park S. t. (corner of Park St. and Rte. 28) NORTH READING, at Reading line, on Friday from 4-8pm. Interment private. Please omit flowers and make donations in Billy’s name to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.
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