William J. Horne, Jr. age 100

of Quincy

William J. Horne, Jr. age 100

William J. Horne, Jr. age 100, a former longtime resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Friday, September 24, 2021 in the Saint Joseph of Nazareth Convent of the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth in Quincy, surrounded by his loving family.

William was the son of the late William. Sr., and Anna (Herlihy), of Cobh, Ireland and South Boston. Bill was born, raised, and educated in Boston. He attended the former St. Eulalia’s Elementary School in South Boston and was a graduate of Boston College High School, Class of 1938, Boston College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in 1951, and later a Master’s Degree in Advanced Corporate Finance. He had lived in Wells, Maine for the past five years, previously in Quincy for more than sixty years, and earlier in South Boston.

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Bill enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps, and went on to participate in campaigns and air offensives in the South Pacific. Two weeks after the Battle of Iwo Jima, he climbed to the top of Mount Suribachi and sat under the American flag raised in the historic photo. Throughout his life, he often reflected on the emotions he felt in that moment.

During his time in Iwo Jima, Marion Boyce of Cambridge had been his pen pal. The two would become engaged just a few months after his homecoming, and married in September 1946. They went on to share fifty years of marriage until Marion’s passing in 1996.

Bill worked for thirty years at the former United Shoe Machinery Corporation where he was the Director of Management Information Systems and an Assistant Vice President for this global company, retiring in 1971.

He also worked for forty-six years as a member of the Boston College Graduate Faculty in the Carroll School of Management.

In addition, he spent two years in Israel at Ben-Gurion University and two years in Poland at Jagiellonian University teaching finance and computer systems.

Bill was a longtime, cornerstone parishioner of Saint John the Baptist Church in Quincy where he served in a variety of ministries with enthusiasm and grace.

Beloved husband of the late Marion G. (Boyce) Horne.

Devoted father of Richard D. Horne and his wife Anne M. (Damon) Horne of Randolph, Marianne E. Horne of Wells, Maine, Anita Horne Lawlor of Bellingham and her late husband Edward F. Lawlor, Jr., and the late William J. Horne III and his surviving wife Susan A. (Ela) Smith of S.C.

Loving Papa of Angelique S. H. Sobol and her husband David of Norwich, Conn., Amanda D. McHale and her husband Sean of Attleboro, Rebecca A. Horne of Providence, R.I., Shane S. Young of Portland, Maine, Katherine E. Camerano and her husband Michael of Canton, Benjamin J. Lawlor and his wife Kristen of Barnstead, N.H., and Michael E. Lawlor and his wife Angela of Hatboro, Penn.

Cherished Great-Grand-Papa of Connor and Finn McHale, Madeline and Michael Camerano, John Andrew Lawlor, Molly Rose and Shannon Lawlor.

Bill is also survived by many nieces, nephews, friends, and his compassionate caregivers of the last three years, especially Holly Dee.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, son, and parents as well as his siblings, Eileen Horne, Leo Horne, and John Horne.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Friday, October 1, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Saturday, October 2, at 10 a.m. The Mass will be livestreamed at https://youtu.be/jbjc43r1FUM. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, whose Sisters bestowed immense kindness in his last days, for which the Horne family is truly grateful. Donations can be mailed to the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, P.O. Box 690789, Quincy, MA 02269.


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  • A great man that will never be forgotten.
    Love your niece – Maureen Casey Sawyer ♥️☘️🥰🌹

  • I knew Prof. Horne for more than forty years. He was a good man, great Dad and wonderful teacher. I am privileged to have been a guest in his home many times and to have his daughter Anita as a life long friend. Blessings on the dead and comfort to the living.

  • I didn’t know Mr. Horne, but I have been friends with his daughter-in-law, Susan for a long time and I told her I felt I knew him from all the lovely “Papa Horne” stories she told over the years .
    My deepest condolences to al, especially to Anglique and Dave.

  • Rest in peace, Uncle Bill. I am comforted knowing you lived a good, full, long life and will be reunited with Marion and Billy in heaven. And Gert and John look forward to catching up as well! Love, Joanne

  • Mr. Horne was such a wonderful teacher and friend at Boston College. He helped me through finance and I honestly don’t think I would have ever gotten my PhD without him. His kindness and encouragement were very important. I send my condolences to his family who he always talked about.

  • A blessed man to have such a wonderful life full of love and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Rick and Anne,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. What an impressive life he had and I am sure you are proud. It is always tough to lose a loved one but I hope your memories will keep you going. Thinking of you. Laurie

  • What a great guy! Your smile lit up a room. Miss you, Bill.

  • Anita,

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your dad lived life with the joy of a child discovering something new every day. I was amazed that he took up roller blading in his 70s – remarkable. And of course, it’s because of your dad that IHRSA was lucky enough to get you. Your dad, you and your family are in my prayers.


  • A wise, warm, engaging, and friendly man; a distinguished professor at Boston College’s Graduate School for Business for 46 years. Admired by all his students, many of whom, like myself, took multiple courses taught by him…Always willing to support and help his students in any way that he could..Thanks to his recommendation, his daughter, Anita, became the COO of IHRSA, the global trade association for fitness and sports clubs.

  • William Horne Jr.. RIP ❤️🙏🏻

    His sister Eileen was my grandmother. Rest In Peace I know you are in Great Aunt Marions loving arms surrounded by family and will live on forever in our hearts.

    Dearest Great Uncle Bill I’m fond of our many educational talks especially about your adventures on the high seas with the Queen Elizabeth II.

    I will miss you, my Daughter Madeline is in heaven and I’m sure she was there to greet you..

    My condolences to all of your loving family and friends
    Grand Niece Anne and husband Lou

  • To Rick, Marianne and Anita,
    Please accept my profound sympathies at the loss of your Dad. There at least a book full of memories that we have shared together over the years, and your Dad was integral in most all of it, especially with his camera and his wit and his personal drive to be physically fit, from bike rides to roller skates. There were places like White Horse Beach and Dennis Port, Castle Island and Provincetown.
    But most notably was your always welcoming home at 95 Monroe Rd, where we shared holidays and sad days too, and St John’s parish where we shared the yearly blood drives!
    But your Dad was also my Godfather, and I remember the pic he took of Frisky and me, that I couldn’t look at for several years without tears, but so glad for that photo! And his helping me choose Penn State after high school, which ended totally changing my life!
    May you all find comfort in one another, in our large family and in your dear friends. Many hugs and prayers being sent your way, today and always from Ithaca.