Mullen, William Francis, of Mashpee, formerly of Westwood and Newton, MA passed away suddenly after a brief diagnosis of pancreatic and liver cancer at the age of 74.
To anyone that knew Billy, knew he loved his wife, his children, grandchildren and extended family, friends, and his country. He was proud of his service in the US Army and often regaled those around him with stories about his time in the Army. He was generous to all he came in contact with, opening his home to anyone, and quietly offered others literally the shirt off his back. Whether it was bringing mittens and toys into the city for the children he would see playing outside in the cold during his years working construction there or offering a place to stay over the years to friends or family. His arms and heart were always open to anyone.
During more recent years his love was his 12 grandchildren. He would boast about each of them to anyone he came in contact with and travelled all over to cheer the kids on in whatever activity they were involved in.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Christine Anne (Messina), children, Stephen and wife Julie of Norfolk, MA, Andrew and wife Jennifer of Pawleys Island, SC, Alicia McNeill and husband Michael of Ridgefield, CT, Natalie Nukovic and husband Rastislav of Draper, Utah. Grandchildren: Nicholas, Jaqueline, Zachary, Andrew, Lilly, Jack, Pierce, William, Kevin, Kathryn, Alexandra, and Victor. He is also survived by his sister Joan Duggan and husband Richard, brothers Eugene and wife Janice and James. He leaves his sisters-in-law F. Alexandra Broderick, Stephanie Messina, brothers-in-law Michael and Gregory Messina and many nieces and nephews. Billy loved them all.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Holden, Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home, 55 High Rock St., WESTWOOD on Thursday, Aug. 9th from 3-7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday morning Aug. 10th at 10am in St. Margaret Mary Church, 845 High St. Westwood. Interment with military honors at St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, DAV, Hope for the Warriors, or any charity one's choice.