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“Rest in Peace, Bill. You were always a friend and colleague...and a hoot to listen to. JT Gard ”
1 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“Karen and Family So sorry for the loss of your Uncle Bill.Love Betty Rupp and Family ”
2 of 21 | Posted by: BETTY RUPP - BRAINTREE, MA

“May he Rest In Peace Eternal and Condolences to his family ”
3 of 21 | Posted by: David Nicolow - Memphis, TN

“It was a pleasure and honor to have served with you over the years. Rest in peace John C. ”
4 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“Condolences from Chapter 72. SFA. may God bless you, your family and friends. ”
5 of 21 | Posted by: Chaplain(SFA-72) -DON Miller - MA

“My deepest condolences to the lost of Bill Coombs, It was an honor to know the History of Bill Coombs from his sister-in-law, Philomena Coombs....Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Jane Maker - Dracut, MA

“Bill was of great service to Chapter 54 of the Special Forces Assn. He helped me send to his adopted SF unit, when they deployed, with the abundant...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Chris R - Amherst, MA - Friend

“Bill was a wonderful, kind man. I greatly enjoyed his wit and good humor; and always looked forward to seeing him again at SFA meetings. We...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Robert "Sean" McNiff - Friend

“RIP ”
9 of 21 | Posted by: John F.

“Bill Coombs and I worked together helping Robin Moore assit the author Raymond F. Flaherty produce He Didn't Say Good-Bye.Now Robin, Ray and Bill...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: John costello - Malden, MA

“Bill,you personally kept me informed of all matters dealing with Chapter 54.My brothers , Greg and Jerry and I, will keep you in our prayers. We were...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Donald Marnon

“Bill was a great man. We spoke several times over the years and I enjoyed his company at the Chapter 54 picnics and at the Special Forces Assoc....Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Dan Pierelli - Southbury, CT

“Rest In Peace brother. ”
13 of 21 | Posted by: Paul LaFrance - Montpelier, VA

“RIP Bill, Chapter 54 will miss you, always like talking to Bill ”
14 of 21 | Posted by: Rick Parziale - Hudson, NH

“RIP SGM. De Oppresso Liber. SSG Frank Roark Chapter 54. Another greatest generation has passed. ”
15 of 21 | Posted by: Frank Roark - Chelmsford, MA

“A true and devoted friend in SFA. I will miss those E-mails ”
16 of 21 | Posted by: George Durfee - New Hamptopn, NH

“Bill,RIP brother ”
17 of 21 | Posted by: Dick Nazzaro - Middleton, MA


18 of 21 | Posted by: Joe Waskas - Frackville, PA

“All our sympathy and prayers, the Officers and Members of the Special Forces Association, Boston Chapter 54, Bernie Wilensky, Secretary ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: Bernard Wilensky - Wolfeboro, NH

“I remember Bill, going out of his way to entertain and be a travel guide for my son, Ben and me in 2004. We were visiting the Boston area to see some...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Michael Rhode - Leaburg, OR

“Knew Bill from the SF List and got to meet him at man SFA Conventions. Was a man I was proud to know. ”
21 of 21 | Posted by: Vernon Cole - OK


"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more." – Wm. Shakespeare

No more eloquent testimony can be found to describe the valor of Waltham's Bill Coombs who deployed to Vietnam six times during his thirty year career with the United States Army.

Bill's selfless devotion to duty, honor and courage define the word hero . . . he was the real deal.

After graduating from high school he joined the United States Army and rose to the rare enlisted rank of Sergeant Major. Fourteen of his years were spent with Army Special Forces units and the rest with logistics units.

In addition to weapons and reconnaissance training he became a master parachutist. Two Bronze Stars were among the many decorations he earned and at retirement was awarded the Legion of Merit. Bill was a graduate of Hawaii Pacific University.

Sergeant Major William B. Coombs, U.S. Army (Ret.), died Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital following a period of declining health. He was 83.

He was a member of the Special Forces Association, the Elks, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Berlin Military Veterans Association, the Combat Infantryman's Association, the Moose, the Sergeants Major Association and the Enlisted Association.

Bill was a son of the late James A. and Mary C. (Ford) Coombs and apart from military deployments had been a lifelong Waltham resident.

He leaves his brother, James Coombs and his wife, Philomena (Heaney), of Dracut; his nephew and nieces, William Coombs of Englewood, New Jersey, Lisa (Coombs) Greene and her husband, Roger El-Hachem, of Farmington, Connecticut and Karen (Coombs) Weeks and her husband, John, of Billerica and his grand-nieces, Olivia Ketchian-Coombs, Camilla El-Hachem, Ava El-Hachem, Jessica Weeks and Jillian Weeks.

Family and friends will honor and remember Bill's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Wednesday, October 17th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, 311 River Street, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at 1 p.m.