William J. Lawless, age 79

of Quincy

William J. Lawless, age 79

William J. Lawless, age 79, a longtime resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Sunday, July 11, 2021 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born in Boston, to the late Thomas G. and Rita E. (Griffin) Lawless. Raised and educated in Dorchester alongside his dear sister, Regina M. Lawless, he was a graduate of Mission High School, Class of 1960. He would later move to Quincy, where he lived for fifty-five years.

Bill was a great businessman who got his start as a salesman for the Boston Gas Company and the Friday Engineering Company in Burlington. He was also involved with and worked at The Fours Restaurant in Quincy Center, and would later go on to be the owner and operator of the Ice Vendor Associates of Quincy for many years.

Bill was a man of faith and a longtime active parishioner of Saint John the Baptist Parish in Quincy. Following their faith, he and his wife, Joyce, sought to help those in need. They founded and faithfully served Saint John’s Food Pantry for over forty years, also serving meals for the residents at the former Long Island Shelter.

He was active in several charitable organizations, including My Brother’s Keeper and Friends of the Unborn. He and Joyce assisted in the Cursillo program at the Holy Cross Retreat House in North Easton, and most recently, Bill became a dear friend and supporter of Mother Olga and the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth.

Bill is survived by his childhood sweetheart, beloved wife for 57 years and true love for 65 years, Joyce M. (Gallagher) Lawless; his children, William J. Lawless, Jr. and his wife Denise, Kelly M. Orrock and her husband Craig, and Jennifer M. Lawless; his grandchildren, Felicia Lawless, Q.P.D., Justin Lawless, Declan Orrock, and Liam Orrock, whom he supported in all their endeavors; his Irish cousins, whom he loved so much that he made thirty-four trips to Ireland; and a countless amount of dear friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Friday, July 16, 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, July 17, at 10 a.m. The Mass will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZZ6HUxP4ZE. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Saint John’s Food Pantry, Attn: Tom Lester, c/o 556 Washington Street, Quincy, MA 02169.


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  • We are so very saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a truly extraordinary man, father, grandfather and friend. May you all be comforted knowing that he will never be forgotten by the many lives he has touched during his lifetime. He was always so welcoming in his nature and will be sadly missed by all of us in his extended family. We have so many fond memories of Bill and know that he is at peace in the loving arms of our heavenly Father. May God Bless all of you in this time of tremendous loss a a truly wonderful man.

  • So sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. I talked to him not long ago and he was saying how grateful he was to Joyce and his family. How helpful they were to him and Joyce. Memories are our treasures and we have a chest full. RIP I’ll have a vodka and Fresca in your honor. Will miss you!

  • Sorry to hear the sad news. Bill always had a smile, a hello, and a wisecrack. I’ll keep him in my prayers, great guy.

  • Jen, our hearts go out to you and your family after the loss of your dad. We never met him but if we knew each other we would certainly enjoy hearing stories of his 34 trips to Ireland to visit family and friends. He’ll be looking down on you and your family, smiling, and will continue to be proud of how wonderful of a person and daughter you are. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We love you.

    -Gio and Kathleen

  • Billy , Denise and family
    i am so sorry for your loss. May your memories bring a smile to your face and heart. You are all in my thoughts and prayers

  • Bill was one of the best… always ready with a smile, a laugh and a big hug. He was a such a positive influence on my life. His kindness and generosity are an inspiration to all.

    Joyce,Billy,Kelly and Jen…you are all in my heart.


  • Billy was so loved by all his cousins here in Ireland, from the day he met our father, his Uncle Joe, to his first trips to Anbally and all the countless visits since. He attended our weddings and the love and warmth that he and Joyce provided will live with us forever. We thank you Billy for all the love you have shown us. Our deepest sympathy to Joyce, Jennifer, Billy, Denise, Kelly, Craig, Felicia, Justin, Declan and Liam. He was so very proud of you all. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

  • Billy and Joyce were such a tremendous influence on our lives as our family grew.We will remember him always as a kind ,funny and generous friend . We are so sorry for your loss and take comfort in knowing that Heaven has welcomed him as an angel to watch over your family.
    Tom and Anne Gallagher and Family

  • Joyce, I was truly saddened when I heard the news of Bill’s passing. You both are amazing people. I was telling Deb what a shame we know so little of our patient’s personal lives. What you two did in the way of charity is outstanding. Like you two, I am a person of faith and am sure that some day we will be in the warm embrace of our Lord Jesus. I’m sorry I couldn’t attend the services as I am in Florida. Of the thousands of patients I have cared for over the last 45 years, I will not forget Bill or you always sitting by his side.