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“Sorry for the loss of your love one, may you find comfort in knowing that those who have passed on in death God keeps in his memory because they are...Read More »
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“Sorry to hear the passing of Will. He is up in heaven playing cards with Bob. ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Wendy Dumont - Merrimack, NH

“My thoughts are with the family at this sad time Stay strong together for this sadness. Willy, you will be missed for your humor and just a being you...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: leigh miller - waltham, MA

“Im truly sorry for the loss of your loved one. We will keep you and our prayers. May the God of comfort be with you and your family during this time. ”
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“Lisa and family I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Please no you are all in my prayers and thoughts as you go through this. Still relief and...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Joan Hamilton - Hooksett, NH


Waltham – Mr. Willard W. Wills, of Waltham, died Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Wingate at Weston. He was 79.

Known to family and friends as 'Willie', he was born in Victoria, British Columbia on November 2, 1938, the son of the late Willard and Agatha (O'Hara) Willis. A lifelong resident of Waltham he was a graduate of Waltham High School and after that served with the United States Army.

Willie worked as a manager for Sterling Electronics in Waltham, Watertown and in Woburn and later as a driver for Veterans Taxi. He was a diehard Boston sports fan and especially loved the Red Sox.

The husband of the late Mary C. (Palmer) Wills, he leave his children, Lisa A. Wills of Lincoln, Karen L. Downs (Thomas) of Merrimack, New Hampshire, Wendy E. Panto (Michael) of Brockton and Mark W. Wills (Charlotte) of Boxborough; his grandchildren, Nicole Kilby, Torri Paradise, Jill Brittain, Taylor Godin, Jenna Godin, Thomas Downs, Kevin Downs, Sarah Panto, Michael Panto, Kayla Willls and Mark Wills, Jr.; his great-grandchildren, Logan Kilby, Lexi and Liam Paradise, Robbie and MacKenzie Brittain, Rosalie and Ayla Robles; his sister-in-law, Carole Clark; his niece, Shawna Gongora and his lifelong friend, Frank Vitale.

Willie was also the uncle of the late Michael and Rickey Smith.

Family and friends will honor and remember Willard's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, October 12th from 5 to 8 p.m. and will conclude with his funeral service at 8 p.m. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at www.stjude.org