William R. "Bill" Magnusson
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
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
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.