William Arthur Colella of Chelmsford, MA and formerly of Manchester by the Sea, MA
William Arthur Colella, 86, of Chelmsford MA, died surrounded by loved ones at his home on Saturday, December 9, 2017. He is predeceased by his wife Gail (Shawcross) Colella whom he was wed for 59 years.
Born in Boston, MA, he was the son of the late Albert and Jennie (Argenzio) Colella and the brother of the late George V. Colella.
He graduated from Revere High School with the class of 1949 as the President of the senior class. He spent a Post graduate year at The Tilton School, Tilton NH. At Tilton he played varsity hockey, baseball, and football. He was recognized by Tilton with the John F. Thompson Award that commended his honest and sincere character. He was a 1990 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee at the Tilton School. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in History degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1954. At the University of New Hampshire, Bill was a standout on the UNH football and baseball teams.
He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Officer Basic and 2nd Lt. Army Ranger at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1955 before being honorably discharged due to an injury. During his stint in the Army, he played on the Fort Ord (California) baseball team.
Bill went on to obtain the CAGS equivalency (certificate of advanced study) from Boston University and graduated from Suffolk University with a graduate Degree in Education in 1957.
Bill was the Assistant football Coach and Head Baseball Coach at Revere High School as well as teaching Social Studies from 1957-1974. He moved on to teach World and American History and Urban Studies and coach Varsity Baseball at Winchester High School. He was able to incorporate his love of teaching and sports at Winchester High School as the Athletic Director from 1975-1994.
He was awarded the Middlesex League Athletic Director’s Man of the Year Award in 1982.
Upon his retirement in 1994, William became a proud member of the Wardroom Club in Boston with nominated membership for men and women who have served this nation with honor and an active member of the Amaral Bailey Post 113 in Manchester by the Sea, MA.
Bill is survived by his son, William “Biff” and his wife, Pamela of Lakeland, FL; daughter Lee Ann and her husband Robert Alden of Westford MA, grandchildren, Alexander Dinola, Joseph Alden and William Alden; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and aunts.
Bill’s Community Service included being the Founder of the Revere Football Parent’s Club, Board of Directors, Manchester Youth Center, Manchester Boosters, and the Manchester Council on Aging.
Bill loved his family, his adopted hometown of Manchester by the Sea, his dogs Misty and Bailey, “swinging the beach,” in his bright yellow VW bug at Singing Beach, being part of the July 4th Parade in Manchester by the Sea, Christmas Eve in Revere with the familia, and anything to do with sports. We will certainly miss him, he is now with his wife Gail and in peace.
Our family would like to thank the staff of Brookdale of North Chelmsford, Joanne Fontaine of Pro-Elder Care, Alex Mukiibi of Beacon Hospice, Terry O’Neill, Donna Graves and the staff of Home Instead Senior Care for their compassionate and loving care of Bill.
Visiting hours Friday 10AM to 11AM. Funeral Friday at 11AM from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Bill’s name to : Beacon Hospice 13 Branch Street #100, Methuen, MA 01844 or Angell Animal Medical Center, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02130. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.