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William  P.  Marqus

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“To the Marqus family. Today I was sorry to hear the news of Bill's passing. I worked with him for a short time in Waltham and really enjoyed his...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Michael Belliveau - Chelmsford, MA

“My sincere condolences to the whole extended Marqus family. My brother, Gilbert Scott, was one of the four boys from Waltham who enlisted on the same...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Gloria J. Champion Champion - MA

“Sorry to have read of his passing. He always managed to talk to me when we used to go that chateau restaurant. Bills mom Doris was a cousin of mine...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Tony Mangini - Waltham, MA

“From the first day I met Bill at Foster-Miller (QinetiQ) it was a continuous back and forth friendly (and loud) sometimes Not Suitable For Work...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Duker Lewis - New Salem, MA

“Bill was a good man with a very big heart. He will certainly be missed.My heartfelt condolences to the entire Marqus family.Ernie Rogers ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Ernie Rogers Rogers - Waltham, MA

“Rosemary and family so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We go back many years as friends Bill was a great guy. My thoughts and prayers to you and...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Anthony Ranucci - Marlborough, MA

“Billy was a such a good guy, he would always ask me about sports and my dad Kevin at Conway golf, always busting chops, but always with a smile....he...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Jeff Ryan - Beverly, MA - Friend

“Dear Rosemarie and all the Marqus Family, Please know that you all will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days to come. Bill will be with you in...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Ann M Witham - Waltham, MA

“To the Marqus Family,My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. May the soul of Billy rest in peace. ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: John (J.J.) Whitman - Maynard, MA

“So sorry to hear of Bill's death. I had the pleasure of working with him for over 10 years in the Purchasing Department at Foster-Miller. We had many...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Suanne MacGregor - Bridgewater, MA

“Billy you will be missed! XO ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Mary and George Haley - watertown, MA

“Chris,sorry to hear the news. take care. keep the memories. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: an acquaintance

“So sorry for your loss. I've only had good memories of my cousin Billy even though he was a bit older than I was. He and his brothers where always...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Lori Whitman - Hamilton - MA

“Bill was a genuine person whom I admired. I loved stopping into his office, whether it be handing him a requisition to purchase something, or just to...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Neil Hache - Westminster, MA

15 of 18 | Posted by: JAY BIGGINS - WALTHAM, MA

“I salute you for your service to our country. Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there are beautiful memories. I mourn the passing of a fellow...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Steve Quinn - Belleville, IL

“Rose and Family: we were heartbroken to hear about Billy's passing and we're so sorry! You and his family were the true loves of his life. We're...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Linda Sleeper

“RoseMarie we are so sorry for your loss please contact if we can help in any way Rest In Peace Billy I know you. Will make more hole in ones in...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Ann Burke - Waltham, MA

Mr. William P. Marqus, of Watertown, formerly of Waltham, died Sunday, February 13, 2022 in Newton Wellesley Hospital. He was 76.

Bill was born on February 21, 1945, a son of the late Daniel and Doris (Mazochi) Marqus. He was raised in Waltham and graduated from Saint Charles High School. In 1964, he joined the United States Air Force and served honorably during the Vietnam War. After his service, he returned home in 1968 and started his courtship with Rosemarie Cannistraro. A year later, the two were married in Saint Charles Borromeo Church and settled in Waltham to start their family. They later moved to Watertown in 1977.

Bill Marqus was first and foremost a family man . . . and a coach— a lot of the time these were the same thing. This was evident by his unwavering appearances at his three grandsons' sporting events. Not only was he a coach, he was also a pretty good athlete in his day too. He was an all-state and all Catholic conference player in baseball, and a stand out basketball player at Saint Charles High School. Later in life, he enjoyed traveling and golf with his wife Rosemarie.

His wife and children were his life, and his grandchildren completed him; his last words were to make sure his grandkids knew how much he loved them.

Before his recent retirement, Bill worked for many years as the purchasing manager at QinetiQ North America, formerly, Foster-Miller, a defense engineering and technology firm in Waltham.

Bill is survived by his wife of 52 years, Rosemarie (Cannistraro) Marqus; his children, Jennifer Blakely and her husband, Edward of Waltham and Stephanie Stratton and her husband, Michael of Hingham; his three grandchildren, Brenden Blakely, Michael and Matthew Stratton; his siblings, Lorraine M. Bissett (Thomas) of Ohio, Daniel D. Marqus of Haverhill, Nancy R. Silva (late John) of Waltham, Albert J. 'Rocky' Marqus (late Patricia) of Waltham, Christopher Marqus of Sudbury and the late Thomas S. Marqus. He is also survived by nieces & nephews.

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, February 17th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Friday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Luke's Church, 132 Lexington Street, Belmont where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial with military honors will be on Tuesday, February 22nd in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at 11:15 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association by visiting