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“Great memories of working @ Rogers with Champ.The abuse could be withering, but you loved every minute of it.Quite a guy....Condolences to the family...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: bob erickson - york, ME

“With prayers and condolances. ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: Bill Doheny - Gulfport, FL

“Dear Gloria and Andrew and all the Champion diaspora, Bill was a great supporter of the baseball world that Andrew and I were a great part of for a...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Charlie Brophy - Norwood, MA

“Dear Gloria and family. My heart is broken hearing of Bill's passing. He was dear friend and I will always remember his humour and his guidance. He...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Teri Orifice Nowlan - Friend

“So sorry for your loss my prayers are with you Andrew and the rest of your familyLooking at all the photos of your father. Looks like he lived a...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Gary Bell - Waltham, MA

“Dear Champion Family, I was very sorry to hear of Bill's passing.He was so kind & always had a smile.I know how proud he is of all his children & how...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Lisa Mitchell - Waltham, MA

“Seventy one years ago I met my best friend Bill Champion. We met in kindergarten at the Bright School.We became Bleachery boys, partners in crime....Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Tom Monaghan - Waltham, MA

“Many years ago when I was a little girl my dad would bring me into Rogers.Billy was the guy behind the counter.................oh and I thought he...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: andrea doucette-james - lakeland, FL

“To Gloria, Bruce, Katie and family,We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We didn't know him well but know he was a very nice man and was loved...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Cindy and Terry McKinney - Severn, MD

“fond memories of Bill from the early days and particularly Bill's friendship with our brother Robert. Our prayers are with Bill, Gloria and family. ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: chuck and rebecca mccullough - MA

“When anyone mentions Rogers Pharmacy you immediately think of Billy Champion.A great friend to all who entered this establishment, knowledgeable...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Peter McGann - Waltham, MA

“Gloria, Jen, Frank, Bruce, Katie, Julie, Billy, Christine, Andy, Stephanie, Catherine and Joe, I am heartbroken that Bill is no longer with us. I am...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Julie Monaghan - Waltham, MA

“I Have many many fond memories of working with Bill as the office nurse for Drs. Blake and Biuckians . I always knew my calls to rogers Pharmacy...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: BArbara Sutherland Sutherland - MA

“Dear Champion Family, So sorry for your loss. Bill was always a friendly, kind hearted, thoughtful and giving friend to so many people around this...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: James Auld - Waltham - Friend

“Bill was a great guy and was very good to so many of us over the years. He was truly one of the "good guys". RIP ”
15 of 19 | Posted by: Richard Chiacchio - Waltham, MA

“Haven't seen you in a long time Gloria, I am saddened to read about Bill. ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: Nancy Noonan - Watertown, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. May the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 comfort your family. ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“Gloria and Family,Such a difficult time for all of you. Bill was truly a gentleman who cared deeply for those he loved and for those he served,...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Ann Witham - Waltham, MA

“Andrew, Stephanie, & Family:I am sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your in my thoughts and prayers. Kim ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: Kimberly Maxwell - Dedham, MA

Waltham – Mr. William J. 'Bill' Champion, of Waltham, died Sunday, June 24, 2018 in Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton. He was 76.

Bill was born in Waltham on November 7, 1941, a son of the late Robert C. and Catherine A. "Kay" (Walsh) Champion, and was a lifelong resident. He was a graduate of Waltham High School and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston.

Until his retirement Bill worked as a pharmacist at Inman Pharmacy in Cambridge. Before that he was the pharmacy director at Metropolitan State Hospital in Waltham. Bill's career began at Rogers Pharmacy on Main Street where many of his customers became lifelong friends.

In retirement and before, he and his wife, Gloria, delighted in the company of their grandchildren and looked forward to all of their events. The couple also enjoyed trips to Twin Rivers and summer vacations in York, Maine. Bill was a life member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge No. 953 in Waltham.

In addition to his wife, Gloria J. (Scott) Champion, he leaves his children, Jennifer M. Fitzgerald (Frank) of Waltham, Bruce F. Thibault (Kathryn) of Hudson New Hampshire, Julie A. Champion, William R. Champion (Christine) and Andrew S. Champion (Stephanie), all of Waltham; his grandchildren, Anne Marie Reynolds (Andrew), Allison Fitzgerald (Andrew Spalding), April Fitzgerald, Suzanne Thibault, Michael Thibault (Emily), David Thibault, Sabryna Champion Lepore, William Champion and Charlotte Champion; his great-grandchildren, Taryn Thibault, Aiden Spalding and Daisy Reynolds; his sister, Catherine A. Champion (Joseph Janas) of Dedham and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was also the brother of the late Robert C. Champion, Jr. (Ret. Capt. USMC).

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 Thursday, June 28th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Friday 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 follow in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.