Fairlawn Mortuary


William E. Giblin

June 7, 1935November 5, 2013

William E. “Bill” Giblin, 78, passed away peacefully at his Tim’s Point, Wareham, MA home, surrounded by his loving family, after a long illness.

He was born in Jersey City, NJ. on June 7, 1935 to James L. and Elizabeth (McDonald) Giblin.

Bill is survived by his wife Gabrielle (Coyne) Giblin with whom he shared 55 years of marriage. Bill is also survived by his four sons, David Giblin(Betsy), children Ryan and Grace of Jacksonville, FL, Karl Giblin, son Dylan of Wareham, Michael Giblin (Kathy), children Sean, Kaitlyn, Connor of Glastonbury, CT and Steven Giblin (Denise) children Brandan and Jayden of Norton and his sister Judith (Bill) Pittman and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bill received from UMass Dartmouth both a Bachelor of Science in Textile Engineering in 1957 and an honorary Doctor of Business Administration in 2006 and generously gave of his time and resources to his alma mater, serving on the Textile Advisory council and the UMass Foundation Board. Bill was a vital leader in the textile industry nationally and a dedicated supporter and ardent advocate of UMass Dartmouth; his long and significant service helped shape the future of both.

After graduation, Bill held a number of positions with companies in the textile industry, rising to the level of Vice President with Burlington Industries. Bill had retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tweave Inc. of Norton, MA.

Bill was a strong advocate for the U.S. Textile industry, playing a leadership role in numerous trade organizations, including serving as a member of the Board of Governors of the Northern Textile Association, and President of National Textile Association. Bill served as a Trustee of the University of Massachusetts from 1994 to 2004, in many capacities, including Vice Chairman of the Board. He was appointed to the Building Authority in 1996 and accepted the position of Chairman in 2004.

Bill oversaw construction of a number of new facilities on the UMass, Dartmouth campus, including the new Charlton School of Business, the Research Building extension, and the 1200 apartment-style complex in the Woodland Community, along with Woodland Commons Building.

He was a communicant at St. Patrick’s in Wareham. For many years, Bill served as a lector. He was a very spiritual man who spent a week a year at the St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts. He spent many years serving the community with the Kiwanis.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 4-8pm in the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven. His Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 9am at St. Joseph’s Church, 74 Spring St., Fairhaven. Burial will be in River-Side Cemetery, Fairhaven.


  • Visiting Hours

    Friday, November 8, 2013

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, November 9, 2013

  • Burial

    Saturday, November 9, 2013


William E. Giblin

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Gary Doss

November 24, 2013

I am so very sorry for the lost of your loved one, Bill. A Husband. A Father. A Friend.

Donald Ramsbottom

November 13, 2013

Gaby, a terrible loss of a great person. We had some good times together and Bill was always such a kind, understanding and wonderful person to be with.
We will all miss him. Regards, Don Ramsbottom

Sheila Koot

November 9, 2013

Sincere condolences, Gabby, on the loss of your dear husband, Bill. May fond memories of him help bring you comfort. May he rest in peace.

Rita and Ed Coyne

November 8, 2013

Bill certainly served as a fine example for his family by donating his time and knowledge to them and the community. And let's not forget his sense of humor that produced some memorable laughs (party lamp shade comes to mind). He will be remembered for his many fine and personal qualities and will be greatly missed. Our prayers are that Gabrielle finds peace along with her family and friends.

Greg Turner

November 8, 2013

David, I am sorry to hear of your loss. May God bless you and your family during this difficult time.

November 7, 2013

I had the privledge and the pleasure to serve with Bill on the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees. He was a tireless and dedicated steward of higher education in the Commonwealth. While he was a great advocate for the Dartmouth Campus, the entire University and our Board benefitted greatly from his experience, insights, and leadership. I considered Bill a good friend and a great colleague. Michael T. Foley, MD
BoT 1988-2003

Scott Nafie

November 7, 2013

Gaby, David, Karl, Steven and Michael

Please accept our condolences on the passing of your dad and husband.

When I spoke to him back a few months back we reminisced for quite a long time which brought back so many great memories from my youth. I always enjoyed spending time at the Giblin's and that had to do with your dad and mom and how comfortable the made me feel. More than forty years later the respect and memories are just as great.

God Bless everyone,

Scott, Donna and Matthew Nafie

David MacKenzie

November 7, 2013

Bill Giblin was a strong and patient man who provided wise leadership to the UMass Building Authority and was a great mentor and friend to me. He will be greatly missed.

Beverly & David MacKinnon

November 7, 2013

To the Giblin Family: We would like to express our Deepest Sympathies to your entire family. May all the wonderful memories, that you have shared throughout the years, help to sustain you through this very difficult time. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you, all.

Beverly and David MacKinnon and Family

David Giblin

November 7, 2013