William P. “Sonny” McAlpine, age 92

of Buzzards Bay

William P. “Sonny” McAlpine, age 92

Buzzards Bay, William P. “Sonny” McAlpine, age 92, of Buzzards Bay, formerly of Braintree, passed away peacefully in his sleep, Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

He was born in Boston in 1926 to the late William and Catherine F. (Gilmore) McAlpine and was a graduate of Hyde Park High School. He had lived in Buzzards Bay for five years and previously in Braintree for over twenty years.

Although stricken with polio as a child, Sonny proudly served his country in the U.S. Merchant Marine Service during World War II.  He participated in the Battle of the North Atlantic and later in the Pacific Theater. He served on various vessels including the SS Katrina Luckenbach, SS James Otis, SS Theodore Foster and the SS Henderson Luelling.

After the war, Sonny worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Boston at the South Postal Annex until his retirement in 1988.

Sonny had many passions in life but none more important than his nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly and he never missed a birthday. Being a kid at heart, he loved to spend time with them and shared his love of the sea on summer boating and fishing adventures. He enjoyed photography and was always the family photographer. He also enjoyed model building, miniature red trains and kite flying. In retirement you never knew where you might bump into Uncle Sonny from New Year’s Eve 1st Night Boston or July 4th on the Esplanade or Castle Island flying a kite.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Patricia A. Richardson. He was a devoted son and actively cared for his mother until her passing at the age of 99.

Devoted brother of Francis T. McAlpine and his wife Diane of Bourne, Christina M. DiBattista and her husband Carmen of Halifax. Sonny is also survived by many nieces and nephews, all of whom were special to him.

He was “Uncle Sonny” to everyone on Bailey Street in Dorchester during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. He will be affectionately remembered and missed by family and friends.

Visiting Hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Friday, October 19th from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. followed by graveside services with Military Honors at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree at 1 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

Sonny’s family is forever grateful to the compassionate staff at Royal Cape Cod Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the level of care, kindness and comfort that they bestowed on Sonny in his time of need.


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