Weir Mac Cuish Family Funeral Home

144 Salem Street, Malden, MA 02148

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William R. "Bill" Magnusson

1945- 2019


  William R. Magnusson passed away on December 24th, 2019 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, MA, after a battle with Congestive Heart and Kidney Failure. He was 74.

   Bill — to those that knew him — graduated Malden High School in 1963. After a year of prep school, he attended Eastern Nazarene College in the Wollaston neighborhood of Quincy. He graduated in 1969 with a Bachelors in Education, and a concentration in U.S. History. He earned his Masters from Cambridge College in 1997.

   In early adulthood, he taught Drivers Ed; performed Security for Choate Hospital in Woburn; and even worked as an Iron Worker, helping to construct the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth. In his later years, he drove for Domino's Pizza and Hertz Rent-a-Car for a combined 25 years.

   Bill taught 4th and 5th grades in the Malden School System for 34 years at the Forestdale, Emerson, and Salemwood Elementary Schools. For the better part of three decades he was very well known for helping lead his students through a very special Christmas Card plaque project. Of the more than 750 plaques his students gifted, many still hang on their parent's walls.

   He coached baseball for many years with the Huskies, Redskins, and Jaguars in Malden Little League, and Babe Ruth League, with the Friars. He was a counselor for many years at Stepping Stones afterschool program on Bryant Street in Malden.

   Bill loved his Red Sox and Patriots. He devoured Louis L'Amour novels and other "westerns" authors in mere hours. He chatted up complete strangers with ease, and he especially loved talking about history. He loved cats and dogs, with close to 40 pets moving through his home over the years. He had a deep and abiding love for Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream, and developed an affinity for ginger ale and strawberries in his later years.

   Bill leaves behind Linda L. Magnusson of Malden, MA, his wife of 51 years. Their three children, Cheryl L. Magnusson of Malden, Samantha E. Magnusson of Melrose, and Christine D. Ellison and her husband Michael of Everett, parents of Bill's one grandchild, Sean, who he adored very much.

   A Memorial Service will be held in the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem Malden on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 12 noon.

Relatives and friends are welcome to call 2 hours prior to the service, from 10-12Noon.

   In lieu of flowers the family has asked for contributions in Bill’s memory be made to the
Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital , 20 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA 01801 781-932-5802 or use this link below:

Interment in the family lot in Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden at a later date.


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