William Joseph Pasquina
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Newburyport, MA - William Joseph Pasquina, 80, of Newburyport, Massachusetts, died on November 9, 2019.

Mr. Pasquina was born to Florence Bernice (Friedman) Pasquina Hannabury and William Edward Pasquina on July 8, 1939, at the Chelsea Memorial Hospital, Chelsea, Massachusetts. He proudly married Kathleen Ann (Grimes) Pasquina on June 14, 1975, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Active in the Boy Scouts, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He moved from Revere, Massachusetts, to Saugus, Massachusetts, where he attended Saugus High School and joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1957 where he remained as a Second Class Radioman Proficiency One until 1961. He often said that his military service was a pivotal point in his life. His duty stations included San Pedro, California, Honolulu, Hawaii and Tokyo, Japan. His last duty station was the island of Iwo Jima. After his discharge, he returned to Boston and attended Newman Preparatory School in Boston before entering undergraduate school at Suffolk University from which he graduated in 1965 as a Bachelor of Arts with honors. He earned his tuition at Suffolk University by driving and dispatching taxi-cabs in Boston during the winter and working as a milkman and tending bar on Cape Cod during the summer. Suffolk University Professional School of Law accepted him for entry in the January class of 1967. He graduated in the upper quarter of his class, passing the Massachusetts Bar in 1971.

From 1970 to approximately 1995 Mr. Pasquina worked for several insurance companies as both an Insurance Adjuster and Lawyer prior to starting his own law practice under his own name, "The Law Office of William J. Pasquina" specializing in the field of Worker's Compensation. An advertisement appeared in the Yellow Pages which stated, "We Fight For The Rights Of Injured Workers." He did and did so proudly. At one time he had the highest worker's compensation settlement in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of which he was justifiably proud. He retired in 1995 due to a devastating automobile accident. He thought of his life as too short but deep. He loved it.

An avid genealogist, known for his great sense of humor, he loved to tell stories, to read, especially local history, to cook excellent meals for friends and family and to walk the streets of Newburyport. He traveled extensively and spent as many winters as possible on the warm west coast of Mexico, usually in Puerto Vallarta.

He left behind his wife, Kathleen Ann (Grimes) Pasquina; his two sons, William John Pasquina and John Lawrence Pasquina, along with many good friends. He often said that on his tombstone he wanted inscribed, "He wanted more."


His burial was private. His memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 30, at 1 p.m., at the First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist Church, 26 Pleasant Street, Newburyport MA 01950. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in memory of William to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Dana-Faber.org/Give, (617) 632-6099, or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168, or Planned Parenthood Federation of America, P.O. Box 97166, Washington, D.C. 20090.
Published on November 18, 2019

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Paul A Bouchard
Nov 30, 2019
Kathy we are so saddened to hear about Bill’s passing. I have fond memories of having tea and conversations with him many times. Our dinner in Charleston was memorable. He will be missed by his many friends.
Paul MacDonald
Nov 30, 2019
Kathy, I am so sorry for your loss. I along with some of our old Micro-Lab co-workers who still keep in touch include Lenny Bayne, Tom Sullivan, and Mike Cook, pass along condolences. I have good memories of the short time I had to know him... Paul
Richard W. Wise
Nov 26, 2019
I met Bill in 1974. We had much in common. We both served in the U. S. Coast Guard. We both served on isolated duty, he on Iwo Jima, I on Marcus Island. Bill was active for a time in a group I organized to fight redlining in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood where he lived at the time. I recall his first date with Cathy, the woman who would become the love of his life. We kept in touch after I left Boston. We went sailing. I visited him at his place in Mexico.

Willie Joe was a marvelous character. When I began writing my novel, Redlined, there was no question that Bill would be an important character. For a writer, his was a personality that was completely irresistible.

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...I express both my and my wife Rebekah's sincere condolences to Cathy and his boys Will and John.

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Janet and Roger Maffei
Nov 26, 2019
You will be missed Bill. Roger had some wonderful times with you and will miss your gym workouts and your coffee conversations. we're both sad, but are so privileged to have known you.
Elaine McMillan
Nov 20, 2019
Dear Kathleen,
I am so very sorry for your loss.
Claudia and Michael Schena
Nov 19, 2019
Dear Kathy, Will and John. We are so sorry that you have to bear the loss of your husband and father. He was an amazing man with the perfect combination of wit and compassion. We have been reminiscing about some of the times we spent together, and also about the amazing flan he whipped up for us one evening. None yet has surpassed his.
Kathy, I look forward our coffee talks, and will be in touch when we return. Till then, I expect that the many friendships you and Bill fostered will offer comfort and support. Love to the three of you.
Lee Willson Saugus,Mass/ Exeter NH
Nov 18, 2019
Bill was a great High School friend and we lost touch when he went into the service. Just over the last few years we have rekindled our friendship. Loved his honesty and great sense of humor. Sincere regrets to his family.
The Costello Family Maudslay Arts Center
Nov 18, 2019
Bill & Kathy we’re activists in local & federal elections, especially for the former Congressman John Tierney! They walked the talk & took everything with a sense of humor, drawing many as friends
A frequent concert goer at Maudslay Arts Center, he will be missed.
Our sincere regrets to Kathy & family in this time of difficult loss.