William R. Balderson, Jr.

November 28, 1941March 5, 2021

William R. Balderson, Jr. passed away March 5, 2021 at the age of 79 due to complications while battling cancer. Born and raised in New Bedford, MA, Bill was the only child of Margaret McKiernan and William Balderson. He was loved and will be missed greatly by his wife of 51 years, Ann Hughes; his children, Margaret (Scott) Kabat and Robert (Julie) Balderson; his grandchildren, Patrick, Tyler, Katie, and James; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. All are glad to have spent many years laughing with such a wonderful, warm man. From Holy Family High School (class of ’59), Bill went on to the College of the Holy Cross (class of ’63) in Worcester, MA, where he was a member of ROTC. Upon graduation, he joined the US Navy and served aboard the USS Searcher. He volunteered to serve a tour in Vietnam during the early years of the war and was eventually promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. After his tour, Bill returned to Boston where he met Ann. The young couple married after Bill earned his law degree from the New England School of Law and settled in Dartmouth, MA. Bill maintained a successful law practice in New Bedford for more than 30 years. In his retirement, Bill enjoyed traveling with his bride, visiting with friends and neighbors, walking the beach at Salters Point, spending time with his family, and working on his model railroad. He was happiest while telling stories of his life in the West End of New Bedford, college, the Navy, and being a grandpa. He was known to swim broken glass far off the shore at Salters Point for his wife to find years later as she hunted for pieces along the beach. Each story he told, some multiple times, is a piece of soft, worn glass his friends and family will treasure forever.

Along with his parents, Bill is predeceased by his beloved cousins James Connolly, Francis Connolly, Margaret McGonigle, and their mother Genevieve Connolly, “Nana.” His funeral mass will be held Monday, March 15, 2021 at 10:00 am at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 121 Mt. Pleasant St., New Bedford, MA. The Mass will be livestreamed at for those unable to attend. A private burial will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Veterans Transition House ( The family would like to thank Bill’s primary care physician Dr. Joseph Costa, and the staff at both the South Coast Oncology Center and St. Luke’s Hospital for their thoughtful and caring support.




  • Private burial at Mass National Cemetery, Bourne


William R. Balderson, Jr.

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Donna Marmaras

March 24, 2021

I have many fond memories of working with Bill. He was always so helpful to anyone who needed guidance and that’s what helped make him an extraordinary attorney. His proudest moments were spent talking about his family, especially Meg and Rob. I know he will truly be missed by friends and family. My sincerest condolences to Ann and his family. Rest In Peace Bill. I will always remember your laugh.

Mish and Michael Tholl

March 20, 2021

Dear Ann and Meg and Rob,

We are profoundly saddened by this tragic event.
We will miss Bill at the concerts, especially on the Fourth of July.
He was always the first to stand tall as the band played that Navy hymn.

May he Rest In Peace.

Mish and Michael

John Turano

March 16, 2021

I first met Bill in 1966 when we entered New England School of Law . We became roommates along with Richard Vadnais. We started a study group and latter added Joe Mondello. The four of us studied together for the next three years. Bill was always cheerful and had great stories. The four of us became fast friends and a few years ago we met in Mystic CT. and relived our experiences in Law school. When Joe Mondello called me and told me that Bill had passed away I was shocked and deeply saddened. Even though the four of us went our separate ways we never forgot each other and the bond that we shared. I will always treasure Bill's friendship help during our days in school.

Gene Monteiro

March 15, 2021

My heartfelt condolences to Bill’s family. I met him over 40 years ago and I’ve always appreciated the friendship we shared. He was always friendly and cheerful and had a great sense of humor. I’m so thankful that our paths crossed and I shall always cherish that. Rest In Peace.

Rick and Sharon Barry

March 13, 2021

Dear Ann, Meg, and Rob,
We got to know all of you through the DPS family: first the ever-caring Mrs. Balderson at Cushman, then her accompanying husband Bill who was such a kind and interesting friend, and then their beautiful children who were the best of kids and our students at DHS. Now you’ve lost a link, and that makes us sad. We trust that you will find his comfort in each other, for you are his legacy and certainly do him proud. Bless you all.

James Cronin

March 13, 2021

I first met Bill when we both were starting out as young lawyers in New Bedford. Eighteen years later, after I was appointed as the juvenile court judge in Fall River, I had less contact with him. He was a very good lawyer and an even better person. Bristol County has lost a true gentleman. May his first priority, his beloved family, have some consolation from their many memories of him.

Michael Zeman

March 13, 2021

My condolences to Bill's family. I first met Bill as a student prosecutor when he was an Assistant District Attorney. From then on for 40 years I had the pleasure of discussing all sorts of matters with him while we waited for in our cases to be called in court; our families, the legal system and especially our military service as well as his dad's. I remember how proud he was when I told him I had found a picture with his dad and his WWI unit in the New Bedford Armory. It was always an enjoyable day to be with Bill.

Renee Cosme

March 12, 2021

I was so sorry to hear that Bill had passed. I recently thought of him and was going to message Ann to ask how he was doing with his treatment. Unfortunately, I saw his obituary first. We had many laughs together in the office; and we did share a lot of west end stories since I grew up there too. He was an upstanding and all around great guy. Please accept my condolences. He will be missed.

Kacie Silvia

March 12, 2021

I have fond memories of working with Bill in Juvenile Court. He was a kind man and someone who generously shared his knowledge of the law. I also remember the many stories he shared about his life and his family, always told with that twinkle in his eye. A true gentleman. My sincere condolences.

Paul and Louise Anthony

March 9, 2021

Sorry to hear of your loss. Over the years Bill has been very helpful
to us.