William Lee Phinney
June 18, 1958 – November 4, 2019
William (“Bill”) Lee Phinney, 61 of East Sandwich, MA passed away peacefully on November 4, 2019 at Cape Cod Hospital from complications of esophageal cancer, which he fought courageously for eight months. At his side holding his hand was his wife of thirty-six years, Carol A. (Censullo) Phinney. In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by their four amazing children, Erin N. of East Boston, Michelle R. of Dorchester, Neal W. of Charlotte, NC and John F. of North Andover. He is also survived by his brothers, Robert Phinney and his wife, Sherri of Parkman, Maine and Major (ret.) Richard Phinney and his wife, Liz of Tucson, Arizona, his sister-in-law, Joanne R. Censullo of Wilmington, MA, his brother-in-law, Francis M. Censullo of San Pedro, CA, along with many cherished nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bill was born at Milton Hospital on June 18, 1958 to Neil Richmond Phinney and Helen (Igo) Phinney who predeceased him. Bill enjoyed a happy childhood in Scituate, MA where he learned to love the ocean. He grew up with several family dogs and liked to tell stories about his favorite dog, Baron who followed him to school and jumped into the classroom windows. During high school, Bill worked at the former Golden Rooster restaurant in Scituate where he acquired an interest in fine cooking which he pursued throughout his life. Bill’s family took frequent trips to Prince Edward Island where he had family roots. Bill attended Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA before transferring to UMass Amherst as a junior in 1978. Bill studied business management and finance at the Isenberg School of Business, and received his Bachelor’s degree in 1980. He began his career in banking at the Bank of Boston and later moved to The Boston Company, Fidelity Investments and Bank of New York Mellon from which he retired from his position as Managing Director of Complex Accounting in Asset Servicing in 2016. Bill obtained a Master’s in Business Administration from Suffolk University in 1987, attending weekends.
A talented financial services professional, Bill was passionate about understanding both the business and accounting aspects of his work, and his integrity was uncompromising. As a manager, Bill was a tenacious and selfless advocate for his team. Bill was particularly proud of the trust accounting software he helped create known as “Trust Plus” and was a named inventor of a patented product utilizing demand aggregation in pricing and sales. In 2000, Bill left Fidelity Investments to pursue a start-up company based on this product.
Bill met his wife, Carol while a student at UMass Amherst, and they were together for the next forty years, having married in 1983. They moved to Chelmsford, MA in 1990 just before the birth of their first child, Erin and raised their family in Chelmsford before moving to Cape Cod in November 2016. Bill loved to be home and spent the majority of his time maintaining his yard and gardens. He was a creative home chef and was happiest when preparing summer menus and holiday meals for family and friends. Bill was an accomplished woodworker, painter and genealogist, and was able to enjoy these hobbies after retirement. He also fulfilled a lifetime dream of working on the water when he took a part time job at Sandwich Marina. When not working, Bill’s constant companion was his rescue dog, Harlan. Bill’s family extends their sincere gratitude to Dr. Ewa Niemierko and staff at Lahey Health oncology, to Dr. Prabh Singh of Dana Farber South, and to the doctors and nurses on the oncology floor at Cape Cod Hospital for their good care.
A memorial service will be held at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral home, 382 First Parish Road in Sciutate on Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 12 pm noon to 4:00 p.m with a remembrance service at 3:30pm. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN), a non-profit organization which seeks to raise awareness about esophageal cancer and to promote early detection.
- Memorial Visitation Sunday, November 10, 2019
- Celebration of Life Sunday, November 10, 2019
William Lee Phinney
November 9, 2019
Hello, dear Phinney Family
An omission on my first email. The name of the book I mentioned is "The Finney-Phinney Genealogy." And it is at the Harvard Library, The Widener, and probably at other libraries.
Carol Rae Bradford
November 8, 2019
November 8, 2019
PHINNEY, William Lee “Bill” - Boston Globe Obit
To the Phinney Family: I am terribly sorry to read that yet another Phinney has left our planet. I send prayers and condolences to you, the Phinney family.
My mom and grandparents were Phinneys and from Plympton, MA, originally a part of Plymouth
I am grateful that Mr. Phinney was a lover of genealogy and I am hoping that somehow there is a family connection to your family. Phinney’s are well married into Mayflower families of which there are 23 family descendants
I worked at Harvard University and at the Widener Library, there is a book called, “The Finney-Family Genealogy.” It follows through several generations to my grandfather, Carl Phinney.
I have just discovered that a friend in Cape Breton, N.S., is a descendant of three of these families. This makes life fascinating. If any of the Phinney family would like to be in touch with me, I am
Carol Rae Bradford, M.Ed.
12th generation Descendant of
Governor William Bradford
Author & Poet
25 Highland Ave, #304
Somerville, MA 02143-1947
November 8, 2019
Carol and kids,
So very sorry to read about Bill. He was a great guy! Seems like yesterday I met you when were living on High Street. My heart hurts for you, Carol. Your memories and kids will get you through this. Again so very sorry.
November 7, 2019
So very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with Bill at BNY Mellon and The Boston Company. He was a class act. My condolences to his family.
November 6, 2019
You tried so hard, my love. Now you can rest easy. Until we meet again❤️