Gillooly Funeral Home

126 Walpole Street, Norwood, MA


William O. Pretorius

February 17, 1934December 3, 2019

William O. Pretorius, 85, of Norwood, formerly of Roslindale, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Born on February 17, 1934 in Boston, MA. Cherished & devoted husband of M. Marie (Graziani) Pretorius. Father of Eric Pretorius &his wife Elizabeth of Whitman and Vickie Piacentini & her husband Richard of Hanson. Brother of Richard Pretorius of Brockton. Brother-in-law of Joan Graziani of Norwood. Grandfather of Joseph Pretorius, Nicole Piacentini, and Victoria Piancentini. He is also survived by many nieces & nephews. He was the son of the late Olaf & Josephine (Ball) Pretorius.

William grew up in the Roslindale section of Boston and graduated from Hyde Park High School with the class of 1951. On November 14, 1956 William enlisted in the Army and served with the Helicopter Ambulance Unit. He received his honorable discharge on November 13th, 1958 with the rank of Private First Class. After his discharge from the Army, William started working as an electric engineer for Electronic Corporation of America in Cambridge and eventually became the Director of Engineering. After working for 26 years for Electronic Corporation of America, William then took a position with Russ Electric in Hingham for 10 years until his retirement. In his spare time, William loved watching the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral home service on Tuesday, December 10th at 11:00AM in the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole Street, Norwood. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery, Norwood. Calling hours will be held on Monday, December 9th from 3-7PM in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances in William’s name may be donated to The Norwood Circle of Hope Foundation P.O. Box 421, Norwood MA 02062.


  • Visiting Hours Monday, December 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • Interment Tuesday, December 10, 2019


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Marie Pretorius

December 30, 2019

To the love of my life - Sweetheart, I get comfort knowing we were the "love of our lives" - you always made me so happy and that brings a smile to my face when I am so sad - I love you billions - Love Re

Vickie Piacentini

December 11, 2019

Dad, my heart is broken, but I have wonderful memories of being your "Little Girl", my wedding day, the birth of your grandaughters' right there so proud of them, the mourning of mom, and all the other wonderful milestones in my life, always by my side. I know you are right next to me now and forever.

Love you always, Daddy's Little Girl.
Vickie, Ricky, Nicole and Victoria

Joanne Lauletta

December 10, 2019

Dear Vickie and Eric and children, I was so sorry to hear of the great loss of your father and grandfather! Remembering the fun times with my parents and yours thru the years growing up in our little neighborhood of Roslindale. The wonderful memories and his love will always be with you.
Sending many hugs from across the miles,
Joanne Lauletta

Angela Ribeiro

December 9, 2019

To Vicki, Eric and their families,
We were so sorry to hear about your father. He was such a good guy! When I think of him, I see him puttering outside and with his greenhouse. He once helped Stan and my father fix a garage door that I ruined. Always willing to help, too.
May he rest in peace and may your memories be from happier times.
Sincere condolences,
Angela and Stan

Marie Pretorius

December 8, 2019

The Love of my Life - My heart is broken without you by my side - the void can only be filled with the beautiful times and memories we shared together - My love for you always - Love Re

Eric Pretorius

December 7, 2019

You have been taken from us too soon, but you have lived a long and fulfilled life. You will always be in our hearts and our memories of you will keep us going as we have many to share.
Love you always and will dearly miss you.
Love always
Eric, Liz and Joe

Ben Lauletta

December 5, 2019

My condolences to the Pretorius family.
I was just telling a story about Bill and my dad last week.

Ben & Sally Lauletta