William Joseph Montuori
November 20, 1926 – February 10, 2021
MONTUORI, William J. – of Duxbury, formerly of Cohasset, passed away peacefully in his 95th year at the Pat Roche Hospice Home in Hingham on the morning of February 10, 2021 after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of more than 57 years to the late Dorothy E. (Markowsky) Montuori, who predeceased him in 2015.
Born in Somerville, he was the son of the late Anthony and Evelyn (Bianchi) Montuori and brother to the late Ralph Montuori and Katherine Capone. He was the devoted father of Lisa Montuori Trimble and her husband Ramsey of Melrose and the late Robert D. Montuori. He is also survived by his brother Fred Montuori and his wife, Marilou, of Leominster, nieces and nephews in New England and FL, and a network of colleagues and friends.
Bill graduated from Arlington High School and joined the Navy in 1944 serving on a minesweeper in Japan at the end of WWII. He graduated from Northeastern University in 1952 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He worked for the Federal Highway Administration and several private engineering firms before starting ASEC Corporation in 1978 with John Monteiro. He became a Professional Civil Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor and was a long time member of the Mass Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers. At ASEC, where he worked into his 80s, he served as the Director of Land Surveying, and his many projects included work on the Boston Big Dig, Central Artery, and the 3rd Harbor Tunnel. He was known for his attention to detail, accuracy, and the completeness of his project plans and was a professional mentor to many engineers and surveyors.
Outside of work, Bill was active in local politics, serving on the Cohasset Board of Health in the late 1960s and as a Water Commissioner from 1981-1987. Bill enjoyed staying physically active all his life even into his 90s. After college, he joined the Polecats Ski Club where he made lifelong friends, and he also became a passionate golfer. He and his wife became devoted volunteers of Friendship Home in Norwell, a support community for people with developmental disabilities and their families. They are especially remembered for spreading holiday cheer as Santa and Mrs. Claus at Friendship Home’s annual holiday party. Bill and Dorothy were also known for their love of travel, their hospitality, and their care for a succession of well-loved adopted dogs. Bill was an active member of the Norwell First Parish Church until his move to the Village at Duxbury at age 89. At the Village he maintained his interest in musical performance, history, politics, and good food, in addition to becoming an avid poker player and bocce champion. He and his family were particularly grateful for the staff of the Village, Village Home Services, and the Norwell VNA who helped Bill thrive over the past 5 years. A virtual memorial visitation will take place on Saturday, Feb 20 from 4 pm to 8 pm via Zoom. Friends and family can join the virtual visitation via the following link:
Alternatively, Zoom users can log in using meeting ID: 873 6692 0005 and passcode: Montuori
While visiting the site, you are invited to view Mr. Montuori’s memorial video and to leave a message of condolence or a fond memory in the guestbook, which will be used to create a special keepsake for the Montuori family. A memorial service and inurnment at Glastonbury Abbey will be scheduled to take place later this spring. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Friendship Home, P.O. Box 916, Norwell, MA 02061 (friendshiphome.net) or the Scituate Animal Shelter, 780 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Scituate, MA 02066 (www.scituateanimalshelter.org) Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home 781-545-0196
Saturday, February 20, 2021
William Joseph Montuori
February 20, 2021
Bill was a mentor and a teacher. One time I was disappointed that he was sending me back to fix a drawing for the nth time because I had been careless. He reminded me that if he were that careless, he would have had to redraw his work from scratch with separate pens for differing calligraphy styles. A reminder of how unforgiving things had been and how privileged I was. It was an honor to learn from Bill who had a truly good heart combined with great knowledge.
February 20, 2021
Dear Lisa and Ramsey
Sending love and sympathy on the loss of your father
It is a special memory to have been in his company a few times in past several years.
You have been beautifully devoted
February 19, 2021
My Friend, Bill Montuori, had a wonderful sense of humor. When I once said to him that I often had long conversations with his late wife, Dorothy, but he and I really didn't talk as much as she and I did. He immediately responded, "well, Dot didn't let me talk!"
Bill and Dorothy became the "Grandfriends" (their words!) to my grandchildren, and indeed they were, sharing many, many special occasions with my family....birthdays, holidays...always arriving with a bagful of goodies. And what fun to see them dressed up as Mr. and Mrs . Santa at Friendship Home.
It was a privilege to know Bill and his wife. I take comfort in knowing that Bill is now with his Dot.
February 19, 2021
I knew Bill and his wonderful wife, Dorothy, at First Parish of Norwell Unitarian/Universalist Church where they were valued members of the congregation! Now my husband and I are at the Village at Duxbury and were delighted to see Bill here. A very fine gentleman!
This photo was from a "Blessing of the Animals" service in 2010.
February 18, 2021
Fred, Marilou, Lisa & Ramsey:
Our condolences to the entire Montuori family; we will keep you in our prayers. Although time will lesson our sadness, our wonderful memories of Bill will always be there to bring a smile to our faces and comfort to our hearts when we need strength to carry on. Bill was an extraordinarily kind and gentle man and he was one of the most thoughtful persons I have ever known. I have many, many great memories of Bill and I will always remember laughing at his jokes even though I could never remember them two hours later. As he would always say, “just remember the punch line, you can make up the rest”. I was able to speak with him several times during the past few months and he would always remind me of three things, he was slow to answer the phone, his time was near, and that he was very proud of Lisa. During our final conversation he spoke about Dorothy; it was not entirely clear, but he signaled towards the ceiling; two days later he passed.
We will never forget your friendship and we will miss you dearly.
John & Karen Monteiro
February 17, 2021
Dorothy & Bill were wonderful, warm and caring people, always doing for others. As long time members of First Parish Norwell, Unitarian Universalist, they were in charge of the Jewelry Table at the Holiday Fair, helped serve Easter Breakfast, ushered and were always ready to give someone a hug or a cheery greeting. We miss them both very much!! Our condolences and warm greetings to all of their family. Peggy & Chris Kitchenham
PATRICIA (Trisha) REMEIKA
February 15, 2021
The last time I spoke with your dad was between Christmas and New Years this past year. And it was with much sadness that I heard about his passing. I have (and will always have) a great deal of affection for him. Besides that, he was the main instrument in encouraging me to learn my craft in the early 80's, which advanced a career taking me all the way to retirement. I left in 1998 for California, and when I came 'home' to visit, a visit with your dad in Scituate or Duxbury was on my list a number of times. He will always be a part of my own history. And I shall Always be grateful to him.
Condolences to you and your husband.
P.S. That photo is likely how your dad remembered me.
February 13, 2021
So sad with Bill’s passing, I have so many memories I can’t choose just one, I guess I will Remember most the picture of him on Christmas Eve with his Santa hat on. That always makes me smile. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of his life, he will always have a special place in my heart. Thinking of you often. Phyllis